We have around 30 Icelandics here at Tresais Farm at any one time, ranging from young foals to retirees in their early 30s. Generally, we keep three herds - the riding horses, male horses (including entires) and female horses, though this is quite fluid and the whole lot (apart from stallions!) sometimes mix in together. The stallions are always kept with company though - either mares they are covering, geldings or each other in the winter. Mic's main riding horses are Bob (Klerkur frá Keldulandi), a black ex-stallion who has first prize for conformation and around 80 foals, and Fjalar frá Akureyri, a big blue dun gelding.
In the summer, the majority of the horses, except those we are riding, go out onto Waun Tresais, Waun Sebon, Waun Caerfarchell or Waun Llandruidion, large areas of rough moorland adjoining the farm. Here, they learn about rough ground, bogs, lakes, hills, woods etc from their surroundings, as well as seeing riders and walkers on the nearby bridleways, and on Waun Caerfarchell passing traffic on the lanes. It´s a great education for them, and when the time comes for them to start their training, they are usually little fazed by anything.
Our horses are mostly imports from Iceland, or horses we have bred ourselves. Our main breeding mares come from the Icelandic farms Gíli, Sólheimum, Svinholum, Eyvindarmúla, and Eyvindarstöđum. They are mostly of Svađastađir and Kolkuós bloodlines. Mic prefers the "old fashioned" type of Icelandic - rather heavily built, though with a good neck, strong legs, good back and sound minds. We use the best stallions we can find, and have some interesting home-bred foals coming on.