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Horses of Iceland  The official initiative to promote the Icelandic horse. Join our cause by tagging your pictures with #Horsesoficeland. New story on website 👇🏻

GET READY - EXPERIENCE A TRUE FORCE OF NATURE! ICELANDIC HORSE DAYS COMING UP! .
THE SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:
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APRIL 28 - HORSE PARADE FROM HALLGRÍMSKIRKJA TO AUSTURVÖLLUR
The annual horse parade through the city center is always a sight to see! The parade will commence at 1 pm at Hallgrímskirkja with festivities. The ride will end in Austurvöllur (the parliament square), here you have a chance to meet horses and riders!
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APRIL 29 – FAMILY FESTIVAL „THE YOUTH & THE HORSE“
The goal is to create a scenery for the youngest riders to show their abilities, development, social skills and the culture around the Icelandic horse. The Festival is also a great venu to get to know the horse and the lifestyle that comes with being a horseman. Admission is free. Two shows, first one at 13:00 and the second one at 16:00. The show will be held at the equestrian center Fákur Víðidal Reykjavík.
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MAY 1 - DAY OF THE ICELANDIC HORSE
Owners of the Icelandic horse all over the world have been encouraged to organise an Open House day at their stables and share photos and videos of the day with the hashtag #horsesoficeland.
You can be part of the fun and share your experiences with us as well, if you meet the Icelandic horse during your travels!
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#horsesoficeland #iceland #Icelandichorsedays

The ultimate adventure! Only a few things can compare to the fun of crossing rivers and remote terrain on the back of horses of iceland #horsesoficeland 📸 by Þórdís Erla Gunnarsdóttir

The close encounter #horsesoficeland 📸 by @isaiahjames_s

Earth day 2018. Let’s make sure that all animals get to live in such a clean environment as the horses of Iceland #earthday2018 beautiful capture by @lizziepeirce #horsesoficeland

NEW STORY ON OUR WEBSITE - THERAPEUTIC RIDING - MAINLY ABOUT HAVING FUN:
There’s spring in the air and intermittent rain. It’s mid-March and a riding course for people with disabilities is about to begin. It’s held by Hestamennt in cooperation with riding association Hörður in Mosfellsbær, outside Reykjavík, six times a week.
... continue reading on our website https://www.horsesoficeland.is/…/therapeutic-riding-ma…/1051 #horsesoficeland #ridingwithdisabilties #disabled

The weekend is just around the corner and to kick things off, we’ve decided to bring you some of those Friday fun-facts.
As we all know, Icelandic is a rich and colourful language with plenty of quirky words and phrases. No surprise there are plenty of idioms and phrases that include the Horses of Iceland. 😄 Here are a few we thought you might like:
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Éta eins og hestur eat
Literal meaning: Eat like a horse
Figurative meaning: Have a large appetite
English equivalent: Eat like a horse
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Hestaheilsa/Vera við hestaheilsu
Literal meaning: Horse health/Be healthy as a horse
Figurative meaning: Be in good health
English equivalent: Healthy as a horse
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Koma á hvítum hesti
Literal meaning: Come on a white horse
Figurative meaning: Come to someone’s rescue, arrive as a saviour
English equivalent: Come on a white horse
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Sitja/vera aftarlega á merinni
Literal meaning: Sit at the back of the mare
Figurative meaning: Falling behind, not being good at something
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Snúa rassinum upp í vindinn
Literal meaning: Let one’s behind face the wind
Figurative meaning: To wait something out (e.g. a storm) instead of taking action
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#HorsesofIceland #Iceland photo by @gigjaeinars

Today in Iceland we celebrate the first day of summer. Yes, summer starts in April here 😜
This is a big celebration for all and a public holiday so that we can fully embrace the new season.
The custom on the first day of summer is actually to give each other summer presents and what is a better summer present than a ride on #horsesoficeland ? 😎🌞✌️🇮🇸
📸 by @franksdottir

We are so looking forward to these long summer days! 🌞 #horsesoficeland 📸 by @nibefoto

The power of youth. These 3 nearly 1 year old stallions are starting their adventure of slowly venturing into full adulthood, fine tuning their skills, senses and understanding what’s around them. They have so much energy and so much to learn, but at the same time they have so much potential and it is always a pleasure to watch how every horse develops and become his best version as the years go by #horsesoficeland 📸 by @snacksjon

They say that eyes are windows to the soul, oh and how beautiful these souls must be, judging by their gentle and strong ways of being.
The Horses of Iceland have always been highly regarded by the Icelandic people and in fact, even the first settlers here made laws about them. Stealing someone’s horse was highly punishable and any convicted thief would be outlawed, which was a rather difficult situation, since any outlaw could be legally killed. Now you see, our horses do mean a lot to us 😉🇮🇸
#horsesoficeland 📸 by @idunn_svansd

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