Established in 2003, we are a small hobby farm located in beautiful Pacific Northwest
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. We'd be delighted to share
this wonderful breed of horse with you and welcome visitors.
We are dedicated to breeding quality, family-oriented horses with good gaits and
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Mike and Sandy Solberg
ABOUT THE ICELANDIC HORSE
The Icelandic Horse has a thousand year history. Purebred since the 10th century, the
Icelandic Horse is renowned for being hardy, athletic, independent, spirited, friendly,
adaptable, and sure-footed, with five natural gaits. These are the Walk, Trot, Canter,
Tolt, and Pace. Averaging 13 to 14 hands tall, the Icelandic Horse is a versatile family
riding horse, bred to carry adults at a fast pleasing gait over long distances. It is
distinctive for its thick and often double-sided mane and long tail, and remarkable for its
wide range of colors. In addition to formal horse shows and competitions, Icelandic
Horses are widely used for cross-country rides and long-distance trekking. They have
also competed in dressage, jumping, and endurance races.
The Tolt is similar to the running walk or rack of a Tennessee Walking Horse or Paso
Fino. In the Icelandic Horse, Tolt is a very smooth four-beat gait which, while reaching
speeds similar to fast trotting, is much less jolting to the rider. It is an excellent gait for
trail-riding or horse-trekking. In the Pace, the hooves on the same side touch the
ground together. Often called the Flying Pace, this gait can equal the speed of a full
gallop and is used in Iceland for racing. To Icelanders, riding at the Flying Pace is
considered the crown of horsemanship.
TEXT COURTESY OF THE USIHC