Photographer's Note

'hestur' = horse

hestur Hfn = 'horse at Hfn'

Tjis mynd er af slenskum hesti Hfn, Iceland
This picture is of an Icelandic horse at Hfn.

The Icelandic horse was developed from ponies taken to Iceland by Scandinavian settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries, the breed is mentioned in literature and historical records throughout Icelandic history; the first reference to a named horse appears in the 12th century. Horses were venerated in Norse mythology, a custom brought to Iceland by the country's earliest settlers. Selective breeding over the centuries has developed the breed into its current form. Natural selection has also played a role, as the harsh Icelandic climate eliminated many horses through cold and starvation. In the 1780s, much of the breed was wiped out in the aftermath of a volcanic eruption.

In the workshop posting is the original image from which this one was 'recovered' by PP using LR4.

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