Originally Posted by PintoTess
I believe that it is a natural gait to a certain type of horse. Icelandics are born with that gait. I don't think that a paint could learn it. It's just like teaching a Shetland pony to rack, it's not a gait recognized to the breed. Why do you want to teach your horse this? I never knew it could be taught! To me it come naturally and is a breed characteristic... And horse has to be built to these *special* gaits, no? I don't believe a paint is built to tolt. Correct me if I'm wrong baited horse people :)
I've heard of it done before so I wanted to try because I like teaching my horses all sorts of strange things because it's fun and I'm looking for something new and challenging. I've taught other gaits before, but never the tolt. I know it wouldn't come easily to a paint, but as someone said to me regarding teaching horses different gaits, it's like learning to dance. Some people have it, others dont' but anyone who actually tries can do it to come degree.