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    I quite like it. I've always had an affinity for Icelandic Horses, which are unique and interesting. They're very practical animals, and typically live out even in winter. They come in nearly every equine color, including some odd ones, except for Appaloosa. They are five-gaited. They are pony sized, but they are ridden by tall Icelandic men, even for racing.

    Iceland is too cold for cattle to be as practical as horses. The horses are both transportation and food animals.

    The Icelandic horses in Iceland are completely isolated as a population and have been for hundreds of years. You cannot import horses to Iceland; you cannot even bring an Icelandic back. Thus, if a horse goes to Germany for a competition, say, it stays there.

    This is a link to the Icelandic Horse magazine from Iceland:

    There is an English version, even an English print version, which is pretty fun to get. It comes with lots of ads from Icelandair. :-)

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:35:23 AM PST

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