Icelandic horses

Horseback riding on the  Prestranek estate

The horse riding has been present at the Prestranek Castle since the 18th century when the Austrian emperor Charles VI bought the Estate and joined it with the Lipica stud farm. We continue the tradition of horse breeding and horse-related activities.
The first Icelandic horse was brought to Slovenia in 1987. Since then, the interest in this horse breed spread throughout Slovenia. The Prestranek Castle Estate has been in the Icelandic horse breeding business for over two decades.
Today, some 30 Icelandic horses graze in the pastures surrounding the Estate and have proven to be an irreplaceable part of our riding school in recent years. Horses for equestrian sports are indispensable as well.

Icelandic horses

Icelandic horses may be found all over the world. The edict issued long time ago and still applicable prohibited bringing any species of horses to the island, and also their returning once they have left the Iceland. Thus, a thousand-year-long pure breeding was provided which purified the specific features of Icelandic horses.

They are famous for their five natural and unique gaits – the walk, the trot, the canter, the tölt, and the flying pace, lovable character, lively temperament, endurance, robustness and reliability. They reach a ripe old age from 35 to 40 years, and can be ridden even at their age of 30, if their physical condition so allows. The oldest Icelandic mare, Thulla, even reached 57 years!

Horse riding is suitable for all riders up to 90 kg. Horse riding is not recommended for pregnant women.