Farmer Becoming Frustrated With Tourists Petting, Feeding His Horses

Farmer Becoming Frustrated With Tourists Petting, Feeding His Horses

Photos by
Art Bicnick

Published December 28, 2016

A farmer in central Iceland is at the end of his rope due to the repeated feeding of his horses by tourists, and the Icelandic tour guides who not only enable but encourage them.

Vísir reports that Margeir Ingólfsson, a farmer living in Bláskógabyggð, set up a sign just outside his property on Christmas Eve which reads “DO NOT TOUCH OR FEED THE HORSES”. This he felt compelled to do, as tour buses often stop outside his property, disembarking tourists who will often pet and feed his horses.

“The vast majority of responsible people in tourism respect this and completely understand,” he told reporters. “But there are always some black sheep in the group, like in others.”

By way of example, he mentions that he was accused of being rude by one tour bus driver for not allowing tourists to pet and feed the horses.

Icelandic horses are beautiful creatures, and so one can be forgiven for being tempted to pet them, especially when they walk right up to the fence out of curiosity to get a better look at the strangers stopping by. However, horses are not omnivores, and some foods could give the horses digestive problems. Horses can also react in a skittish manner if a stranger tries to touch them, and may bite.

Grapevine advises that if you do stop to look at someone else’s horses, enjoy the sight of them, but do respect the farmers tending to them – don’t pet or feed them. Just take pictures instead, or enjoy the visual display of their majesty.


News
Pirate Party Want Referendum To Restart EU Talks

Pirate Party Want Referendum To Restart EU Talks

by

The Pirate Party have put forth an EU referendum proposal to restart negotiations with the European Union, reports RÚV. The

News
Keflavík Airport Grinds To Halt Over Security Issue

Keflavík Airport Grinds To Halt Over Security Issue

by

Keflavík airport ground to a halt yesterday afternoon when all flights were put on hold and passengers asked to go

News
Fake News! No, There’s No Football-Fueled Baby Boom in Iceland

Fake News! No, There’s No Football-Fueled Baby Boom in Iceland

by

A single tweet from an obscure Reykjavík anesthesiologist on Monday suggested that a spike in the number of hospital epidurals

News
“Major Deception” Occurred With Bank Sale, Investigation Finds

“Major Deception” Occurred With Bank Sale, Investigation Finds

by

The Parliamentary Investigation Commission (RNA) has concluded that the German bank Hauck & Aufhäuser was never an investor in The

News
Iceland’s Epic Euro Smiting Triggers Baby Boom

Iceland’s Epic Euro Smiting Triggers Baby Boom

by

It’s been nine months since Iceland’s smiting of England in the Euro Cup – often referred to as the island

News
Environment Minister Supports Shutting Plant Down

Environment Minister Supports Shutting Plant Down

by

Iceland’s Environment Minister, Björt Ólafsdóttir, believes shutting down the United Silicon plant in Reykjanesbær is an acceptable course of action.

Show Me More!