It was a dream job for a girl obsessed with horses: Going on horse trips into the Icelandic wilderness.
After working at Skálakot for two summers, the farmer Guðmundur Viðarsson and his wife Jóhanna Þórhallsdóttir decided to give me a horse of my own choice. I chose a grey mare called Drottning and was the happiest girl in the universe.
When I permanently moved to Iceland in 2002 my dream and adventure with grey horses continued. .
Today I have five offsprings from Dögg, 3 which are grey, and I enjoy every moment I spend with each one of them. Horses are a blessing, they teach you every day to become a better person and it is a privilege to be around them.
The Icelandic horse has over 400 different color variations including sliver dapple, roan and blue dun. In modern days the grey color is not as common in Iceland as it used to be. The main reason begin that the more popular breeding stallions of the last decade have been bay, black and chestnut. Luckily quality grey stallions have always been used. Like Gustur frá Grund, Gustur frá Hóli, Gáski frá Hofsstöðum and more recently the stallion Hrímir frá Ósi that won the 4-gait at The World Championships in Herning last year.
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