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The Icelandic Horse

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The Icelandic Horse is considered to be of Mongolian origin, arriving in Iceland via Russia and Norway. The breed has been kept completely pure by a complete ban on the importation of horses of any kind for the last 1000 years.

It is small, strong, and reknowned for it's good temper and friendliness. It is unique in that it has five distinct gaits and is exceptionally smooth to ride.

This documentary tells how the Vikings survived with the help of the sturdy Icelandic horse and how it was used in agriculture and for transportation in Iceland up until the 1950's. From that point on horsemanship became very popular in Iceland, and those who have gone on a riding trip or sheep roundup never forget it.

Today, there are over 80 thousand Icelandic horses in Iceland and over 110 thousand found in 20 other countries around the world.

What is the nature of the Icelandic horse? How is it bred? Broken in? Trained? This film has all the answers.

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  • Directors: Sveinn M. Sveinsson
  • Producers: Sveinn M. Sveinsson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: #NAME?
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2008
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001706GBE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Elaine Campbell on March 14, 2009
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This video was my introduction to the Icelandic horse. Before viewing it, I didn't even know what they looked like. Now I am in complete awe of these horses, and their incredible history of surviving in such a harsh land. They are very beautiful, and in this film we learn about how they are trained (with great care), bred, we see them as work horses and show horses. We even see them being lifted with pulleys onto ships to take them to foreign lands. They are most popular in Germany. I did find it sad that in the past they were exported to work in mines. They are not drudge horses in the least, and I think that must have been very hard on such free spirited horses who, we learn in the film, do best if allowed to roam free part of the time.

Now if a person is an owner of an Icelandic horse, this film may be too rudimentary for him/her. But for a novice like myself, I found it an incredible and joyous experience to watch. Well worth the cost!
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I bought this on the basis of Steven Barber's review and wasn't misled. It's a beautiful introduction to the horse and its importance in Icelandic culture.
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By just jeannie on December 2, 2008
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I'm sorry to the two previous reviews who really enjoyed this dvd. It was an ok video, but not anywhere near worth the $40 I spent on it. I'm upset at myself for buying it as that $40 could've been spent more wisely on something else for my sweet little icelandic filly. I learned some, but not $40 worth. Sorry.
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Great video informing you of the Icelandic Horse, it's beginning and how it is used in Iceland.
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This is my go-to video to give anybody an introduction to the breed. It covers everything, is beautifully done, and I never get sick of watching it. A must have for the Icelandic horse lover!
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