Fleygur Fact File no.6 The Colours

0051. There is no specified colour in the breeding of Icelandic horses – and so unlike many breeds they come in the most amazing variety. Icelandic horses are bred for their temperament and talents in the gaits. It is said in Iceland “you don’t ride a colour”.

2. The most common colours are black, brown, chestnut and white, but they come also in buckskin, cream, roan, blue dun, red dun, silver dapple and various part colours (sorry if I missed anyone’s favorite colour)

3. The silver dapple is very popular internationally, though of course anyone can see that black Icelandic horse are superior – especially those with a crescent moon on their face and a snip on the nose.

NB Fleygur denies any personal bias in the preparation of his Fact Files.

(First published on LVH Facebook 23rd December 2012)

006For more on the colours of the Icelandic horse http://ihsgb.co.uk/icelandic-horses/icelandic-horse-colours/

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