Over recent years more and more member countries of FEIF are beginning to look into Leisure riding.
Surveys conducted within FEIF reveal that outside Iceland the majority of riders are female and that almost all riders enjoy riding in nature either alone or in groups. The surveys also reveal that the character of the Icelandic horse is conceived as being of utmost importance: a controllable and cooperative spirit as well as being safe in interaction with children, mountain bikers, hikers and traffic in general are very important factors when choosing the right horse.
The Leisure Committee is working to prepare a test of the character of the horse together with educational institutions in Iceland. Later other committees within FEIF will be involved in the work and tests have to take place with professional trainers to secure that we measure is really revealing the correct characteristics of the horse.
In parallel herewith the members countries have increased focus on securing access to riding in nature. Rules and regulations are extremely different. The information collected on this homepage shall serve as inspiration between countries and people on how things may be done. Each country is encouraged to place information of relevant nature for leisure riders om FEIF homepage under Leisure Riding.
It is of paramount importance that riders are welcomed when appearing on tracks in the nature. This requires that we all observe good manners and demonstrate good and safe riding. Each September, emphasis will be put on this through “FEIF LEISURE RIDING MONTH”. This is the time of the year when we all on tours give our riding habits a sound brush-up and secure that all participants, new-comers as well as routine riders – are well aware of promoting the Icelandic Horse well through demonstrating good horsemanship, good manners and harmonious riding.