The Icelandic Horse
S o, the Icelandic : are they considered ponies or horses? Standing an average of 1.30 and 1.45m high, the Icelandic horse could be considered pony size as per the FEI (International Equestrian Federation) standards. There is a lack of a word in Icelandic for « pony » though, and most importantly the members of the breed are the pride of the nation, and are as powerful, sturdy and dynamic like the big horses. They will carry adults as well as children. They are broken when they are four or five years old, and they are considered adult around six years old only. They are long-lived and can reach an average of 35 years old. They commonly can be actively ridden until the age of 25, or even be fit, both stallions and breeding mares, for breeding up to that age as well.
A family horse with an exceptional longevity.