The percentage of white horses (or “gray” as they are known in Iceland) in the Icelandic horse stock has decreased considerably since horse colors were last registered in 1930. At that time, 23.1 percent of horses in Iceland were white but today only 6.7 percent are white.
Horse breeding consultant Gudlaugur Anontsson told Fréttabladid that he is not worried by this development.
“I think white horses are even increasing a bit because it is all related to demand. If there is a good white stallion more white horses are born and Gustur frá Hóli has influence there,” Antonsson explained.
Antonsson also pointed out that the numbers from 1930 were not as reliable as they are today, although he admitted that regardless, the difference is vast.
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