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post #1 of 119 Old 12-12-2011, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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How do I teach my horse to tolt?

I'm wondering how to teach my paint mare to tolt. I've taught her just about everything else, now I want to teach her to tolt and I'm not sure how to go about it. I know the gait comes almost natural to most icelandics, and I've heard it can be taught to individuals in any breed. If any paint can learn it, this mare can.
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Well, I'd be interested in this. I wondered the same thing -- could I teach my standardbred to tolt? No idea how to even begin - maybe by teaching her to pick up her feet in the correct order first on the ground, but then how to transfer that to under saddle?

Anyone?
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I'm wondering how to teach my paint mare to tolt. I've taught her just about everything else, now I want to teach her to tolt and I'm not sure how to go about it. I know the gait comes almost natural to most icelandics, and I've heard it can be taught to individuals in any breed. If any paint can learn it, this mare can.
I think you have been misinformed that you can teach any breed to tolt.
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I know of people that have taught both paints and standardbreds to tolt. Also many other breeds.
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I know every horse in the world cannot be taught to tolt, but if individuals of any breed can I'd like to give it a try because my mare is very talented and has learned most gaits already.
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I know of people that have taught both paints and standardbreds to tolt. Also many other breeds.
So ask those people and let me know too!
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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 :)

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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.
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So ask those people and let me know too!
I would but I don't know them, just know of them from atricles I read online trying to figure out how to teach it. All I know is it's been done. I found articles on people that did it but they don't say anything about how they went about it.
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Why not try bowing? Or spanish walk? My horse knows both and are also good stretching exercises if taught right ;)

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