They are normally fed twice a day (mostly only hay) and needs to be ridden at least 3-4 times per week. By law, they also need fresh air every day, at least for 30-60 min per day.
But there are still many horses that are not stabled for example pregnant mares, youngsters that have not been trained, horses that are only ridden during summer season f.ex. trail horses on multi day tours needing the „winter vacation“ and more. These horses are kept outside in the fields throughout the year and in winter they are fed hay, have access to fresh water and are provided with shelter. As long as they are not hungry and have good shelter they are happy to stay outside and actually it involves more freedom than staying in the stable 23 hours. The Icelandic horse is very strong by origin and have thick winter coat so they hardly ever get cold in the winter season.
Text and photos by Steinunn Guðbjörnsdóttir
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