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near Akranes, Iceland

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Icelandic horses love to pose for photos West  Iceland

Icelandic horses love to pose for photos

Friendly by nature, and quite amenable to human interaction, Icelandic horses love to approach visitors and share affection. Don't feed them, though, as they're well provided by nature, and their owners.

To keep the breed pure and free of diseases, no horses are allowed to be imported into the country. In addition, any Icelandic horses transported out of the country cannot return.

Many Icelandic horses have a unique fifth gate, (in addition to walk, trot, canter, and gallop) called the Tolt. It's hard to describe and quite interesting to watch. The horse lifts its front legs high to run, leaving its midsection (where the rider sits) relatively motionless, allowing for a more comfortable ride.