Reykjavik Travel Blog› entry 9 of 11 › view all entries
June 26th, 2009 – by: Adrian_Liston
The horses are eaten, especially the foals, but typically they are used for pleasure riding, which was our experience this morning. We rode out through the fields, across rivers and along the beach, a perfect way to see this perfect land. Unlike other horses, Icelandic horses have five gaits - in addition to the walk, trot and canter they have the tölt and the skeið/flugskeið. The tölt is an ambling gait faster than a trot but still comfortable to ride, while the skeið/flugskeið is a fast/smooth pace. My horse became extremely painful to ride when it went faster than a trot, so I kept it at a walk. It was just a loan horse from another stud, so perhaps it was untrained - untrained Icelandic horses can slip into a "Pig's Pace" or a "Valhopp", which are versions of the tölt that have mixed paces and are uncomfortable to ride. Lydia experienced the true tölt, with her horse becoming smoother as it moved above the trot, and really enjoyed her first horse riding experience.
And now, the driving over and our holiday coming to an end, we are in Reykjavik.
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