Originally Posted by LadyDreamer
The rare ones that are born truly "natural" gaited, in the way that Rocky Mountains, Tennessee Walkers, Icelandics, Pasos, etc. generally do not make Five Gaited Show horses.
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Except the Icelandics, they are like Saddlebreds. What the breeders told me was that most are born trotting and don't show any signs of gaiting. However if they show signs of pacing they're probably 5-gaited. One of the ways to teach them to tolt is what you described, going down hill. There are a handful of 3 gaited Icelandics, some will never learn to gait while some can only tolt. But it's rare, like the Saddlebreds.