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Twenty-Five and Still Going Strong!

Icelandic horses are not through even at the ripe old age of 25. Gustur frá Hóli, one of Iceland’s most famous stallions, highly decorated and with countless highly rated offspring, has become white and wise but not the least bit tired, as this video from shows.

gustur_screenshotA screenshot from the video.

Several years ago the stallion made headlines when his owner wanted to put him down due to old age. But in the end, the white chief proved lucky—he can now enjoy his golden years at the horse farm Dýrfinnustaðir in North Iceland and make a little girl happy.

Nine-year-old Björk prefers to round up horses with Gustur, as can be seen in the first half of the footage—a talent that Gustur (in addition to his gaits) has passed on to his offspring. A good smalahestur (‘cutting horse’) is worth its weight in gold for sheep and horse farmers.

By the way, Gustur once received a temperament score of 10.0, the highest possible score. Even so, a nine-year-old can ride him. Temperament not only indicates a horse’s eagerness to run, but also about its willingness to stop.


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