Originally Posted by weaverintl
I would recommend joining the United States Icelandic Congress. You can find local trainers, farms, clinics and a Regional Club you can join. I would strongly recommend taking a lessons from a trainer so you can feel what is like to ride the tolt. http://www.icelandics.org/
I've ridden the tölt, and I really like it. The more comments I'm reading here, the more I'm thinking that an Icelandic would be really fun for myself, but may not be the best choice for the kids until they have a little more experience and confidence. You never know though - one with just the right mellow demeanor might pop up somewhere.
But the obvious solution seems to be to get a forward one for myself and a mellow one for the kids.