Photographer Captures Rare Glimpse of Legendary Icelandic Horses
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Photographer Captures Rare Glimpse of Legendary Icelandic Horses

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Drew Doggett, an artist, and photographer from South Carolina in the United States, travels the world to find the best shots of people, animals, scenery and anything interesting that he can find. During a recent trip to Iceland, he managed to capture some incredible photos of Icelandic horses in their natural habitat. In a series that he titled “In the Realm of Legends,” Doggett showed some of his best shots of the animals. Luckily, he shared many of these shots to his Instagram page.

The Icelandic Horse is legendary and is considered to be one of the oldest horse breeds in the world.

According to historians, the horses were brought to Iceland by the Vikings in the 9th and 10th centuries, and because Iceland is such a remote island nation, these horses have not come into contact with any other breeds for nearly 1000 years. There are also strict rules in place in Iceland to prevent any other horse breeds from entering the island. Horses are allowed to be exported from the island, but in that case, they are never able to return.

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Icelandic horses weigh between 330 and 380 kilograms (730 and 840 lb) and stand an average of 13 and 14 hands (52 and 56 inches, 132 and 142 cm) high, which is often considered pony size, but breeders and breed registries always refer to Icelandics as horses.

The breed comes in many coat colors, including chestnut, dun, bay, black, gray, palomino, pinto and roan, but the ones that were captured in Doggett’s photographs were all white. There are over 100 names for various colors and color patterns in the Icelandic language.

Members of the breed are not usually ridden until they are four years old, and structural development is not complete until age seven. Their most productive years are between eight and eighteen, although they retain their strength and stamina into their twenties.

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