Icelandics have gained most of their popularity due to their ability to tolt. For an Icelandic Horse enthusiast there is probably no greater pleasure than to enjoy nature while riding a good tolter.
Tolt is a four-beat gait. There are alternately one or two feet on the ground, the two feet are alternately in lateral and diagonal pairs.
Tolt is a four-beat gait without a moment of suspension. In tolt, a horse has always either one or two feet on the ground. Tolt tempi range ridden from working speed right up to racing speed and a fast tolting horse can reach similar speeds as in gallop. The horse carries itself proudly and gives a very smooth ride, enabling the rider to cover long distances without tiring.
Icelandics tolt naturally, many young foals are seen to tolt in the field. However, every horse naturally offers a different combination of gaits: for some, tolt is their favorite gait, others prefer to trot