The Colours

Icelandic horses are bred for their temperament and talent in the gaits. There is no specified colour – and so unlike many breeds, where horses can be ruled out of the studbook simply because of their colour, Icelandic horses come in the most amazing variety.

It is said in Iceland “you don’t ride a colour”.

The most common colours are black, brown, chestnut and white, but they come also in palomino, buckskin, cream, roan, blue dun, red dun, silver dapple and various part colours. The appearance of a new colour or colour combination causes a lot of excitement.

The silver dapple is very popular internationally, though of course, Fleygur would say that black Icelandic horses are superior – especially those with a crescent moon on their face and a snip on the nose!

For more on the colours of the Icelandic horse


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