Walk (Fet)

Walk is a slow gait, in which every hoof is longer on the ground than it is in the air. In the walk every leg is moved separately forward, resulting in a four beat with eight phrases.

Trot (Brokk)

A trotting horse always puts down both diagonal leg pairs at the same time. Between touching the ground there is a flying phase. This results in a two beat with four phases.

Canter (Stökk)

Canter is a three beat with a long flying phase at the end. We speak of a right hand canter when the right front leg leaves the ground last and of a left hand canter when the left leg leaves the ground last.

(Right hand canter)

Tölt (Tölt)

In toelt the horse moves in proud manner with high action of the forehand. The rider sits on the horse very calmly compared to trot. The feet in toelt move as they do in walking. The difference is speed and that only one or two hooves touch the ground at the same time. Therefore toelt is a four beat with eight phases.

Speedpace (Skeið)

The most spectacular gait of Icelandic Horse is the speedpace. It is often ridden over short distances. Good horses can reach a speed of 45 km/h. In the speedpace the legs on one side touch the ground, separated by a flying phase, resulting in a two beat with four phases.

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