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Scientific Name:
Equus caballus
Family Name:
Equus caballus
Origin or Range:
usually stands between 13 and 14.2 hands tall.
about 900 lbs.
Relatively Non-Aggressive
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Icelandic Description
  The Icelandic Horse is the only breed native to Iceland and ridden by everyone, including very large men. It is a small, rugged and versatile animal that is not only popular in Iceland, but also around the entire world. They are self-assured, energentic, and friendly animals that make great companions. Though it is small, it is very strong, being able to pull several times its own body weight. Because of their native terrain, they are capable of navigating almost all sorts of land. They also have a way of moving that fits any situation because they have five gaits. The Icelandic Horse is a very fun, friendly animal to ride. They are economic and low-maintenance, and are very long-lived. Some have been known to live well over 50 years. They are a herd animal and do not enjoy being alone. Their manes and tails are thick and have a thick double coat in the winter. However, in the summer, their coats are sleek and smooth. In addition to being small, they are stocky. They can appear in 42 different color patterns. In fact, they appear in all colors possible in other breeds except Appaloosa and roan is very rare.  
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