Tölt is AWESOME!

Today Anna had a go on Kappi, Bjørn’s Icelandic gelding (I think she looks like an illustration from the lesser known children’s book, Pippi Longstocking Rides an Icelandic Horse!)

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Someone previously asked me to show them tölt on film – so here is a slowed down version (without the sound).  You can see the actual movements and foot fall of Kappi as he does a medium/slow tölt around the indoor arena.

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Here is the same film at its correct speed, with Bjørn’s commentary and yes, he does say Hallelujah!

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Anna said “Tölt is (and this word is banned in my house) AWESOME! It is amazing to experience it, especially on Kappi, who has such a lovely tölt. I hope to ride horses with this special and unique gait more in the future.”

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She had a brilliant time, using every muscle in her body, including the cheesey grin, and is perhaps aching a little now.  Kappi went very well for her.  He doesn’t have to and he certainly isn’t automatic.

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They also did some trot as well as walk, turn on the forehand and some leg yield.  All good riding experience and I got to practice my arty-farty shots too.

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I am sorry this is a short blog post, but I am exhausted. We spent the day in Lerwick and my legs have stopped functioning with my brain shortly following……

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