The Icelandic horses have two extra gaits on top of the normal walk-trot-galop.
The Tölt is a four-beat lateral ambling gait that can be ridden from a slow to fast speed without modification of the gait itself. It is known for its explosive accelerations. It covers a lot of ground and is very comfortable.
Here we see another gait, the Flying Pace. It is used in pacing races, and is fast and smooth, with some horses able to reach up to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h).
By the way, these are natural gaits for this breed of horses. The Tölt is rather universal. The Flying Pace is a little different: some horse are born with it, others not. The Icelandic people are not interested in forcing this gait as they race for fun, not as an industry 🙂
It’s really amazing to watch these horses running with this Flying Pave gait… have a look:
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Do you know what pace is? These icelandic horses are just wow!!!
Posted by I’m a horseaddict on Tuesday, June 23, 2015