A unique colour variant was discovered in the Icelandic horse recently. The Icelandic horse, already known for its colourful looks has just had a new variant, ýruskjóttur (drissled skewbald/pied) added to its colour palette. The only horse yet to have this colour is the stallion Ellert from Baldurshagi.
According to genetic research conducted on the stallion, Ellert has a new genetic trait which causes the coloration and according to Dr. Freyja Imsland, a genetic expert, Ellert is the only horse in the entire world of this colour. This was first reported in Iceland’s agricultural magazine Bændablaðið (Farmers Weekly).