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20 Stunning Photos Of Icelandic Horses Taken in Breathtaking Landscapes

An Icelandic photographer, Liga Liepina spends all her free time doing equine photography: "I have been obsessed with horses since I can remember myself" Liga told Boredpanda. It started with collecting all possible newspaper clippings, posters, and calendars of horses and once I had my first ever riding lesson, I knew horses are going to be a huge part of my life.

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photography came to me when I was a teenager. I enjoyed playing with my small digital camera snapping shots of mostly landscapes. It evolved and I purchased my first serious camera with the thought of pursuing landscape photography more seriously. As horses were part of my daily life, they ended up in front of my camera more and more, until my path led to equine photography.

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

But instead of focusing standard on equine portraits, I was looking for something more exciting and different―that's how I started to combine my passion for horses and the stunning Icelandic landscape. The Icelandic horses are very unique―they are very cooperative and brave, yet still wild in their heart, which I try to portray in my photos.

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

A lot of work goes into creating images like these―from coming up with an idea to bringing horses to locations (these places must be accessible and safe for animals), not to mention the Icelandic weather that is full of surprises. But all is worth it when I get to spend time out in nature with my equine models and witness how horses and the landscape complement each other.

Liga has more than 17k followers on her Instagram page.

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

Photos Of Icelandic Horses

The Icelandic horse is just how Iceland likes to perceive itself: little but strong. They are squat and muscular and in winter they have long shaggy fur. The Icelandic horse has become popular outside of Iceland for being easy-going and friendly.

Icelandic horses tend to be around 140 cm tall. Internationally, most horse breeds shorter than 1.47 metres are dubbed “ponies” but there are also some other characteristics that make a horse a pony. The Icelandic horse is right on the limit but all our horses are horses because we say they are.

In fact, the Icelandic horse’s closest relative is the Shetland pony, who gets called a pony to its face because apparently, Shetland isn’t looking out for its equine friends the way we do ours.

Today, the Icelandic horse is represented by associations in 19 countries, with the International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations (FEIF) serving as a governing international parent organization. The FEIF was founded on May 25, 1969, with six countries as original members: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

France and Norway joined in 1971, and Belgium and Sweden in 1975. Later, Finland, Canada, Great Britain, USA, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Italy, Slovenia and Ireland became members, but Ireland subsequently left because of a lack of members. New Zealand has been given the status of "associate member" as its membership base is small. In 2000, WorldFengur was established as the official FEIF registry for Icelandic horses. The registry is a web database program that is used as a studbook to track the history and bloodlines of the Icelandic breed.

The registry contains information on the pedigree, breeder, owner, offspring, photo, breeding evaluations and assessments, and unique identification of each horse registered. The database was established by the Icelandic government in cooperation with the FEIF. Since its inception, around 300,000 Icelandic horses, living and dead, have been registered worldwide. The Islandpferde-Reiter- und Züchterverband is an organization of German riders and breeders of Icelandic horses and the association of all Icelandic horse clubs in Germany.


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