Remember that the Ark was built by amateurs
and the Titanic was built by professionals.
My name is JudyRyder Duffy and that's Tryggur in the photo above. He was imported from Iceland at the age of almost 4 years old, and has only been here in Arizona for about six months.
This photo was not taken as a "portrait" type picture. It is showing that he has learned to be comfortable and ok with being grabbed around the neck and squeezed (confined) as hard as possible.
Training Icelandic Horses is relatively easy due to their basic nature. They are smart and willing horses.
Icelandic Horses usually take some time to adapt to their new living circumstances. Of course there are some that adapt quickly, but for the most part their settling in time could be from six months to a year. This is the perfect time to bond with your horse by putting a good solid foundation training on him.
Training methods differ between America and Iceland. If your horse was not specifically trained for the American market, you may want to add some training. It is helpful to have quite a bit of groundwork done with the horse for his basic training. It helps build his foundation and aids in the under saddle relationship that you both will have.