FEIF - International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations 

The FEIF Breeding Rules and Regulations describe what equipment is allowed. These rules are applicable for breeding.  For sport and gæðingakeppni events other rules apply.
In addition to this, there is a list of prohibited equipment, maintained by the FEIF Breeding Committee.

Sometimes equipment doesn't fit in either the description of what is allowed and what is not allowed. In such cases the description of what is allowed prevails. Equipment not described as allowed is not allowed.

Tack and other equipment


  • All saddles and riding pads that fit the Icelandic horse and do not hurt the horse or cause discomfort are allowed.

Bridles and nosebands

  • The bridle and noseband should fit well, be properly adjusted and not harm the horse.


  • The bit should fit the horse and not hurt its mouth. The judges can allow bitless bridles if there is good reason for it.


  • A riding whip is allowed, maximum length 120cm including the tassel.


  • The total permitted weight of protective boots is 120 grams (total weight per leg of overreach boots or tendon boots) and they shall be of a dark colour, black or brown. If boots are used during the judgement of the rid-ing abilities the same equipment should be used throughout the presenta-tion. If a boot falls off it should be put back on before the rider resumes the presentation.


  • All horses shown ridden must be shod with a full set (4) of shoes. The shoeing shall be as well done as possible and the angle of the hoof must be in line with the pastern.
  • The hoof length must be natural and not exceed 8.5 cm. Exceptions to the 8.5 cm rule can be made when stick measurements at the withers are 137-144 cm. These horses are allowed a hoof length of 9.0 cm. Horses that have a stick measurement of 145 cm or more are allowed a hoof length of 9.5 cm. Maximum differences in hoof length between front feet and back feet is 1.5 cm.
  • The material of all four shoes shall be identical and must not exceed the specific weight of iron. The maximum thickness of the shoes is 8.0 mm and the maximum width is 23.0 mm. All 4 shoes must be identical regard-ing material and with. A difference in the thickness between front and back shoes of up to 2.0 mms is allowed.
  • The shoe must fit the hoof. The shoe must not extend past the lengthened natural slant of the toe wall, and at the back past the perpendicular dropped from the bulbs of the heel.
  • If studs are used, 2 ordinary studs or stud nails must be used per shoe at the heel. The studs must suit the size of shoe.
  • Max. size of studs allowed is (length x width x height) 15mm x 15mm x 12mm.


  • Clipping of horses is permitted although the clipping of head, ears and legs is not allowed.
  • In a breeding assessment is not allowed that hooves are painted or sticky to the touch.
  • Rubber bands in the mane are not allowed.
  • Clipping and shaving is only permitted when needed for the health of a horse.

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