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Icelandic horse naming battle

30 August 2017 Identity Crisis


Recently, the International Federation of Icelandic Horse Association (FEIF) passed a new law stating that Icelandic horses may not be named any name not registered in the WorldFeng database. If a horse owner wants to name the horse something else, their suggestion needs to be approved by the horse naming committee.

According to Vísir, a horse farmer in Skeggsstaðir farm, Guðrún hrafnsdóttir, suggest the name Mósan for her mare. The committee rejected the name since it doesn’t conform to Icelandic name traditions.

The Icelandic Ministry of Industries and Innovation is currently investigating if rulings of the horse naming committee are legal or not. So far, Guðrún has waited for 5 months for a reply from the ministry, Vísir reports.

Horse naming committee rejects the name “Mósan”

Recently, the International Federation of Icelandic Horse Association (FEIF) passed a new law stating that Icelandic horses may not be named any name not registered in the WorldFeng database. If a horse owner wants to name the horse something else, their suggestion needs to be approved by the horse naming committee.

Nefnd um hestanöfn neitar nafni Mósunnar – Vísir

Bóndi á Skeggsstöðum fær ekki að nefna þriggja vetra merina sína Mósuna en frá febrúar hefur hestanafnanefnd úrslitavald um hvað hross megi heita. Atvinnuvegaráðuneytið skoðar nú á hvaða lagagrunni nefndin starfar.


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  • Earn left his mark in Iceland. I knew I’d find a use for his photo.

  • Rijomi2

    He will appeal to the Committee that overseas this Committee by filing his complaint with the Petition Committee who has a sub committee specifically for animals.

  • EarnitYourself

    ” Like my vagina hat? Isn’t it cool?
    I’m ready to make my mark on the world. I am part of the resistance! I shall fight to my dying breath to bring about social justice! But if I encounter a sign on the restroom door that says non-customers need to pay 100 ISK (A buck in US $), I shall lose my shit, make a scene, embarrass the hell out of my dad and storm out to the parking lot… only to return in two minutes with mommy (yes, the one in front of her) to escort me into the restroom.”