A three-year-old horse has been denied its name of ‘Mósan’ by the Icelandic Horse Naming Committee. This is in accordance with new FIEF (International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations) regulations. Fréttablaðið reports.
The committee, which consists of two people, decides which horse names are suitable for the WorldFeng database by using Icelandic grammar rules and names traditions as a reference. Only purebred horses may apply.
Mósan’s owner, Guðrún Hrafnsdóttir, is disappointed by the committee’s decision since it’s based upon regulations that were put in place this year. The name is an article, which is a word that combines with a noun and thus conflicts with Icelandic grammar rules. Meanwhile, the committee gave its blessing for the names ‘Hrymjandi’ and ‘Ævör’.
The Ministry of Industries is already aware of the matter, with Fréttablaðið’s sources confirming that the law, providing the committee with the power to deny horse names, is under investigation.
While the committee denies names, the owners can still keep calling their horses whatever names they wish, although they won’t be registered in international databases.