1. Icelandic horses are very very good doers and unless in hard work are not likely to need any extra feeding and will do well enough. Of course for optimum fitness you might like to get more scientific about it.

2. It has been discovered that the Icelandic horse’s digestive system differs from other breeds – the posteria part being bigger and more developed. *Ref the blue book

3. Even in Iceland many horses are often not given extra food until the new year (depending on the winter conditions)


I am always very concerned about getting enough food and it is a regular subject matter in my blog

Little Viking Horse on the subject of food

More information about keeping Icelandic horses here:-

Detailed advice from Siamber Wen Icelandic’s – my breeders

The Icelandic Horse – the definitive book on Icelandic horses often called just ‘the blue book’

Icelandic Horse Society advice


2 thoughts on “Feeding”

  1. Hello, from France and Belgium. In fact I’m a belgian living on the french territory, juste at the border of both countries. I apologize for not being fluent in English and for making mistake. I have 2 Icelandics and the subject of the food does really interest me. For example, during the winter we did’nt have enough hay, due to the bad weather conditions in previous spring. So, at the end of the winter I had to give them a little bit of food. But I had good result and it was a real surprise to discover that my horses now seem to be more “awade” (as we say in french).

    And by the way, congratulations for your blog.

    Philippe, human of Ari and Ofeigur, the two Vikings.

  2. Hi Philippe. My little Viking herd do get hay in winter and some feed when I ride them, but nothing otherwise. They all came out of this winter too fat!

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