Icelandic horses are just about as local as it gets. Arriving with the very settlers who settled the country, the Icelandic horses are highly regarded throughout the country. In fact, in 982 AD, the Icelandic parliament passed laws that prohibited any other horse breeds’ importation into the country. This means that the breed has been kept in complete isolation within the island for over a thousand years. You will instantly recognize the Icelandic horses thanks to their short but sturdy stature, which is believed to have made them ideal for overseas traveling.