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Hundreds of Horses to be Put Down

The exportation of Icelandic horses is at a low as the effects of the economic crisis in Europe are felt within the industry.

horse-round-up_psPhoto by Páll Stefánsson.

Sales are much lower for the period following the annual Landsmót National Horse Festival, held last month, than in previous years.

Horsetrainer and breeder, Sigurbjörn Bárðarson, says there has been a steep drop in demand for the purchase of horses. There have been few sales to Sweden and Germany where the market is traditionally largest, reports.

Sigurbjörn says that it is expensive and a lot of work to breed, train, and maintain the horses, and many breeders are stuck with more than they can care for.

“It is clear that we need to reduce the number. We have too many horses. We need to reduce the number of horses and that means that we have to put them down… There are hundreds of horses that we can’t keep,” Sigurbjörn said in a radio interview with this morning.


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