Horses here are the original breed since the 9th century. To preserve the breed and protect from disease the law does not allow any horses/sheep to enter the country. So if an Icelandic horse leaves the country to participate in a competition, it can never return. Click on the pic for a touching video which was filmed here in Skagafjörður a few years ago about a horse called Kraftur and his rider Þórarinn Eymundsson. English subtitles, enjoy.