Children spotted a white horse swimming in the ocean near their family’s summerhouse in Straumfjördur in Mýrar, west Iceland, and walked onto the beach. The horse seemed tired after the swim and was happy to be given bread.
Svanur Steinsson, the children’s father, asked the residents in nearby farms whether they had lost a horse, but no one recognized the mysterious white “seahorse,” Morgunbladid reports.
Steinsson guessed the horse had come from the nearby island Hjörsey where horses have been kept for many years and are known to swim to smaller islands surrounding Hjörsey, but that was not the case either.
He posted a notice on skessuhorn.is, a news website for west Iceland. Finally the horse’s owner Ragnheidur Einarsdóttir, a farmer in Álftárós, north of Straumfjördur, contacted Steinsson.
Einarsdóttir had been missing a white horse and was glad to hear that it was safe. She did not know why the horse had decided to go for a swim, but suspected it had been homesick and had tried to swim home to south Iceland where it was born.