Dressed for the winter by Alan Mattison

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Icelandic ponies are fully protected against the cold, infact they love the cold weather!In Iceland they often run wild until they are about 4-5 years old before coming in contact with humans!!

This one prefers the outdoors even though he can go in and out of the stable as much as he wants to.

The icelandic ponies differ from other races in that they have 4 different gaits! They are especially well known for “tolt” where the rider sits perfectly still in the saddle without moving up and down!! This is very practical in Iceland where the rough terrain demand a lot of the rider,who perhaps rides all day driving sheep or wild horses together.

The shot was taken by Nimtofte in Denmark with a nikon D700 and a 70-200mm 2.8 lens

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  • Ritva Ikonen
    Ritva Ikonenover 4 years ago

    This is a stunning shot, Alan! You’ve captures his character so well. Love the desaturated treatment, all that hair and his beautiful eyes and muzzle!

  • thanks so very much Ritva, you must have lots of these ponies in Finland?

    – Alan Mattison

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoover 4 years ago

    You really capture great personality in your animal portraitures……This guy seems so indifferent, casual, almost bored………but what a stunning image with all that crisp clear white mane blowing in the wind. Really lovely portfolio!!

  • that’s a very good interpretation of the shot because that’s exactly how this pony is!!!
    Once again thank you so much for your kind words.

    – Alan Mattison

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineover 4 years ago

    An amazing capture, Alan! He is so beautiful. I just love the flowing mane! Attitude personified!

  • Jeanne  Nations
    Jeanne Nationsover 4 years ago

    Nice close up, I think it is absolutely wonderful!

  • thank you so much Jeanne!

    – Alan Mattison

  • Michael Creese
    Michael Creeseover 4 years ago

    This pony looks very warm! I don’t think the winter should bother him too much! Nice capture!

  • Almost the colder the better!!thanks Michael!

    – Alan Mattison

  • Christina Backus
    Christina Backusover 4 years ago

    A lovely shot – great capture.

  • thanks again Christina!

    – Alan Mattison

  • greenstone
    greenstoneover 4 years ago

    wonderful shot!!!!!!!!

  • they’d do alright on the atlantic gales

    – Alan Mattison

  • JenLand
    JenLandover 4 years ago

    Wow! He’s got quite a wild look here! Love it, fantastic photograph. :o)

  • thanks a lot jenny!

    – Alan Mattison

  • mtozier
    mtozierover 4 years ago


  • thank you very much!

    – Alan Mattison

  • Alana Ranney
    Alana Ranneyover 4 years ago


  • thanks again alana!

    – Alan Mattison

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