A video of the Icelandic horse has gone viral on Facebook. The video, shot by Skotta Film for the marketing initiative Horses of Iceland, has received over 608,000 views, and over 6,700 shares as of publication. Project leader Þórís Anna Gylfadóttir is happy with the video’s success, telling mbl.is “it’s great to receive so much interest”.
In the video, horse trainer Þórarinn Eymundsson demonstrates the five gaits of the Icelandic horse, including the two extra gaits that set Icelandic horses apart from most other breeds. The video caption elaborates: “The horses of Iceland are a so-called gaited horse breed. This means that most Icelandic horses have two extra gaits to offer besides walk, trot and canter/gallop. All horse breeds have these three natural gaits and can perform them without training. The extra gaits that set the Icelandic horse apart from other breeds are called tölt and flying pace.”
The footage was shot in Viðvíkursveit district in Skagafjörður fjord, North Iceland.