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Mósi, my life-saver

With his report, an Icelandic farmer from the beginning of the 20th century memorialises his horse in gratitude.

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On the move in a snowstorm

The story of Litfari takes place in the 19th century. At that time, people in Iceland travelled exclusively on horseback. Since there were hardly any paths and bridges to cross sometimes raging rivers at that time, the journeys were dangerous and people often had no choice but to rely on their horses’ sense of direction, especially when difficult weather conditions came along.

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The unfortunate fate of Jarpskjóni

It can be taken from many writings from former times that the Icelanders were tough on their workhorses. Often, they dealt ruthlessly with them. The fact that sweeping judgements do not always meet reality is shown in the following report from 1889.

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Stígandi frá Kolkuósi

Who does not remember Stígandi frá Kokuósi, one of Heidi Schwörer’s foundation stallions? He certainly is remembered as an exceptional stallion for his extraordinary breeding qualities and his beautiful offspring. It is relatively unknown that Stígandi was not always seen in this light.

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A language talented Icelandic Sheepdog in Copenhagen

With HestaSaga there are always surprises: Today we have a story from a special Iceland dog for you!

An Icelandic Sheepdog who travels with his owner from Reykjavík to Copenhagen in 1870 and experiences an adventure there – and his owner a surprise!

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How to catch horses

Gaining the trust of a horse often puts patience to a hard test. A young woman struggles with her imported stallion until she is finally rewarded and realizes for herself what is really important to her.

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Godi – The Rome Horse

ALLES ISI! A Life with Icelandic Horses by Carina Heller In the chapter “Godi, the Rome Horse” Carina describes how her mother, out of pity,

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