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Versatile gaits

Icelandic horses have great willingness, a lovely character and, above all, versatile and high quality gaits. This is one of the most interesting assets of this breed.

The Icelandic horse breed has 5 gaits, instead of the usual 3: walk, trot and gallop, as in most other breeds, and tolt (pronounced as "toelt") and pace. In tölt the horse moves its legs in the same sequence as in walk, but a lot faster and in a pure 4-beat rhythm. It is just as speedy as trot, but much more comfortable for the rider. Even people with back trouble, who can not ride trotting horses comfortably, can often ride tolting horses without any problem.

In pace both left feet move at the same time, followed by both right feet, with a suspension moment in between. This gait is very speedy and therefore spectacular to watch and adventurous to ride.




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