Laurencekirk, United Kingdom
Days End At Hvammstangi
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Icelandic horses in silhouette at days end near Hvammstangi, Iceland - part of the "Land of Fire & Ice" series: http://www.davebowmanphotography.com/land-of-fire-ice
Hvammstangi is an Icelandic village in the north-west part of the country, on Vatnsnes peninsula. The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. Although the horses are small, at times pony-sized, most registries for the Icelandic refer to it as a horse. Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. In their native country they have few diseases; Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animals are not allowed to return. The Icelandic displays two gaits in addition to the typical walk, trot, and canter/gallop commonly displayed by other breeds. The only breed of horse in Iceland, they are also popular internationally, and sizable populations exist in Europe and North America. The breed is still used for traditional farm work in its native country, as well as for leisure, showing, and racing.
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August 14th, 2012
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