Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Donna & Bil's Excellent Adventure part 3

These are a couple of pictures of the Icelandic horses that we rode.
They aren't tall, but they're not really all that short either! They struck me as very smart and playful, not to mention beautiful. Neither my husband nor I fell off during our ride I am pleased to say. ~Donna


Blogger Gheeri's Servant said...

I'm quite pleased that neither of you fell off :) We can't use a broken Donna at the sites, lol

What pretty ponies! You didn't find out what breed they are, did you? I was really hoping for fjords, but these definately aren't fjords-they only come in one color... anyhow, Thanks again for sharing your trip with us! ;)

11:24 AM  
Blogger danielle said...

These horsies are cute! My daughter would be flipping out. She LOVES horses. I am glad you guys didn't fall off. Riding can be scary they are so tall. Even though it is scary I love it. I've done it a couple times. Lots of fun. Thanks Donna.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Donna, like everyone else, so glad you didn't fall off! LOL! These actually look like ponies. They have such long hair over their eyes. What an adventure you went on. The countryside looks so pretty!

11:49 AM  
Anonymous donna said...


They just referred to them as "Icelandic Horses". And apparently their height is right at the somewhat vague boundary between a horse and a pony.

They were pretty neat. But I tell ya, walking was fine, but when trotting I thought my insides were going to be churned into butter! LOL. I think I would have gotten a bit scared, though, if he had picked up the pace to a canter even though that's supposed to be a more comfortable gait for riding.

The few times I've ever ridden a horse, I am always hyper-aware of the controlled strength in this animal. Beautiful!

11:58 AM  
Anonymous donna said...

This is the place where we rode:
Laxnes Farm

Oh, and yes, the countryside was green and gorgeous. We crossed shallow streams and stopped in a tiny meadow near a short waterfall at the far end of the ride. The horses ate the new spring grass like it was candy. The total ride was 10-12 km (6-8 miles).

12:02 PM  
Anonymous riquel said...

Being 1/2 Icelandic myself, I have been told that they are just called Icelandic horses. They are purebred. It is my understanding that they do not allow any other horses to be imported into the country, and they do not allow the Icelandic horses to be exported out of the country. Iceland IS a beautiful country!

12:29 PM  
Anonymous casper's mom (Monica) said...

Was wondering, aren't the Icelandic horses the only ones to have a real fluffy mane like these horses in the pictures? I think horses look like God sculptered them with his own hands. They are magnificent creatures. I've only been on a horse twice in my life. Scared both times.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Karen C. said...

I've never been on a horse, but my sister has had them on her property in Northern California. These are just beautiful!

1:58 PM  
Blogger Emma's Kat said...

Aren't they cute! I've heard of Icelandic horses. Don't know much about them, but...I've heard of them. I love riding! My sister has horses and we usually visit every year and go on trail rides thru water up to the horse's chests, up steep hillsides(steep!) and down rocky paths. Fun! Fun! Donna, it sounds like you guys had a real blast!

2:58 PM  
Blogger Gheeri's Servant said...

OK, NOW I feel like an idiot. I was having some sort of brain fart. I was somehow combining Donna & Bil's two trip spots and came up with one silly request. You see, Fjords are NORWEGIAN horses, which, as Donna was going to Sweden, I thought she may see some. Unfortunatly, ICELANDIC was not registering in my brain as many thousands of miles away from Sweden... ^_^;;

I feel like a schmuck....

Sorry I kept harassing you, Donna! But really, Fjords are something! Had you seen some, you'd know it was worth it...

3:08 PM  
Blogger Ella's Mom said...

What cute horses! They are adorable. I've never seen horses with that much hair. They really got that "windblown" look down. I would love to go horseback riding sometime.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous donna said...

Oh heavens, GS, don't beat yourself up! :-) However, now I just may *have* to go to Norway (yeh, twist my arm), to see the fjords and the Fjord Horses. So I can blame you for that LOL!

4:23 PM  
Blogger Gheeri's Servant said...

LOL...oh yes, BLAME me.... just take me with you, huh?! lol

I dunno, I'm supposed to be from there originally, so I'd like to see it one day....

5:48 PM  
Blogger momsbusy said...

i used to go horsebackriding many years ago. loved it. not sure i could handle it now though. of course i have plenty of posterior padding. LOL

the icelandic horses are beautiful with their long flowing manes. wish i could've been there to ride too. glad you didn't fall off. after all we're gonna need lots of help w/ getting the FFCA off the ground.

9:58 PM  

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