Mechanical Aids for Obtaining Gait in Gaited Horses
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Not all Icelandic Horses tolt. You will see them offer
other gaits naturally, such as the fox trot, running
walk, stepping pace, etc., as well as the saddle rack.
The gait of tolt can be *made* by mechanical means,
some of which include:
 Saddles, the tight narrow icelandic saddles, some
of which have extended bars.
 Bits, snaffles, icelandic, pessoas, anything that
doesn't fit the horse and makes him high-headed or
 Tight nosebands
 Icelandic shoes, or heavier than normal shoes, or
unequally weighted shoes
 Boots; double pairs of boots
 Straps on the hoof
 Heavy contact, leaning on the horse's mouth, obvious muscular strength pulling on reins
 Sitting on the back of the saddle
 Extreme ventroflexion
 Extreme high-headedness
 Long toes; contracted heels
 Concussive practices
Some of these things are used in, or in training
preparation for evaluations and competitions.
Using gaits made by mechanical means is not a good
basis for evaluating breeding potential.