Mane attraction! Stunning horses show off their luscious locks

October 18, 2019

These amazing photographs show a herd of Icelandic horses showing off their luscious locks Anna Guðmundsdóttir, 65, captured the shots while on a horse riding trip- and noticed their perfectly kept manes  The photos show the horse’s locks blowing in the wind as the animals gallop through stunning Icelandic scenery This trio of ‘rock star’ Icelandic horses were snapped by 65-year-old photographer, Anna Guðmundsdóttir while on a horse-riding trip near Jokulsarlon The Icelandic horse is one of the oldest horse breeds in the world and were brought to the country by the Vikings in the eighth century  In order to keep the bloodline of the Icelandic horse pure, laws in the country prohibit animals that leave from returning It also prevents people from importing other horses, stopping diseases from spreading too The hide of an Icelandic horse is double-layered to keep them extra warm in a country which only sees highs of 55F in mid Summer Each horse can reach a height of around five feet tall and can weigh up to 900 pounds  Pound for pound, the Icelandic horse is the strongest horsebreed in the world Icelandics are usually raised in herds which allows them to develop their social skills  They usually live up until around 30 and some have been known to exceed 40  Reports say that the breed are generally very docile, easy to handle and comfortable around humans  They come in 42 different colours with hundreds of variations and hundreds of hairstyles The herd can be seen galloping through the flat plains of Iceland The horse’s mane grows to protect the neck and it’s generally thicker and coarser than the rest of its coat  The reason for the mane it is to keep the neck warm and to allow water to run off when they are unable to find shelter from the rain  Horses inherit their mane from their parents Some manes have been known to reach a horse’s knees but these are bred characteristics and not natural Normally, the hair will grow a little over the horses’ neck Despite it being smaller in size than other horses, the Icelandic is not a pony The breed is still used for shepherding, as well as leisure and racing The Icelandic horse is mentioned throughout the Norse sagas and the breed was venerated in mythology  The unwelcoming environment of Iceland, plagued by cold and volcanic eruptions, has helped to make the breed what it is today through natural selection In the 18th Century, the volcanic eruption at Laki wiped out most of them In Norse times the Icelandic horse was considered a family or individual’s most prized possession and some were ridden as war horses into battle  A pair of beautiful Icelandic horses show off their luscious locks in another stunning photo taken by Guðmundsdóttir The breed was exported to the UK during the industrial revolution to work as pit ponies, carrying out coal from mines The Icelandic horse is what is referred to as a ‘five-gaited’ breed which means it can run and walk in five different ways more videos 1 2 3 Watch video Football player tackles teammate running wrong way for pick-six Watch video Piers Morgan laughs off petition calling for him to be sacked Watch video Suspected Mexican cartel members patrol territory near the US border Watch video Kate Middleton receives flowers from adoring young fans Watch video Emotional Vinnie Jones relieves his final moments with his wife Watch video Kate Middleton looks glamorous as she arrives in Pakistan Watch video Former Panera employee shows how restaurant makes mac and cheese Watch video Motorcycle rider flung from his bike after attempting to do a wheelie Watch video Dennis Skinner shouts joke in the Commons before Queen’s Speech Watch video Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Pakistan for royal trip Watch video ‘I am flying on a plane:’ Autistic boy sings over intercom on flight Watch video Corbyn and Johnson awkwardly walk into parliament together

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