Cultural Clash In Iceland

Icelanders take great pride in their Icelandic horses. Believe it or not, this set me up for a cultural clash.

A stop at a horse farm is often included in the itinerary for bus tour companies, and at such a stop I witnessed a comedic exchange.

-“When are we going to see the ponies?”

-“Ponies?!” “They are Icelandic horses!”

-“But they are small.”

-“How will you feel if I went to India, see an elephant and call it a reindeer?”

The Icelandic tour guide was extremely frustrated with the Indian traveler for calling Icelandic horses ponies.

I have to say, compared to horses in America, Icelandic horses are what Americans would call ponies.


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