The relationship between the Icelanders and the horses

Posted on October 14, 2009 by

Horses is a very important resource for the Icelanders.

In summertime, horses freely go around the fields, it’s indeed quite easy to see entire herds running on the grass. However, as these animals require a lot of care, the owners of the horses check the moving and do not allow the animals to go away too much. In the Fall, the horses work in the farms and help farmers during the gathering of flocks.

In the past, the Icelanders also used to slaughter horses and eat their meat.

The ancients used to sacrifice horses to the gods during the heathen rites, or train them for the horse combats- this was indeed one of the most famous attractions among the tribes of the island.

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