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Saturday, March 16. 2013
I don't know how to put the umlauts over the o, but here is the cool gait of an Icelandic Horse ("Pony"). A smooth ride, unique.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:49 | Comments (21) | Trackbacks (0)
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Tölt, or tölting, just put the word in search without the umlaut, then copy paste one of the 'results' examples. Doesn't even have to be your word, just the right vowel will do, then you can edit around it.
The keyboard has some kind of ridiculously turgid how-to, there in search, for them that can set still fer it without ending up having to breathe into a paper bag
I used to ride icelandic ponies as a child, had totally forgotten about tolting. We had 4 ponies and as I recall only one could tolt. not sure if it can be taught or if it's innate.
Smooth, but nor quiiite unique --that's the ''running walk'' of a Tennessee Walking Horse --watch the legs, they're off the ground left-side/right-side, like a person or bipedal locomotor walks --four legs acting as two, the front to back mirror each other as one leg, with the left/right/left/right of a bipedal.
If a ' walk' slows down ('flat walk') or speeds up ('step pace'), the rider will start bouncing, and if the rider is bouncing, that's one of the other two of the three 'walking' gaits.
Well, first of all, that pony looked small to me to be hauling that well fed example of Icelandic manhood around. But then, Genghis Khan likely looked oversize on his pony, too.
Second, no matter BL's excellent example, that seems a very unnatural gait for a horse. Though perhaps they too enjoy the challenge of same. Maybe one day we'll be able to talk to them and find out.
Back when sulky racing was big sport, lots of trainers around to train that gait. It looks unnatural the same that walk racing looks --well, foolish. As in, heck, if you have to walk that fast, why not just break into a trot?
If you have a Mac, the umlaut is über simple: "Option u". Then type the letter, such as "o". Result: ö
--well. you couldn't find a gene for it (sorry, Lamarck), but as with all domesticated animals, 'propensity' is inherited (Lamarck, working just before Darwin trying to find what Darwin later identified as mutation re the question of the inheritance of acquired traits, used the term 'soft inheritance'). Good walkers have been bred to walking, leg bones, tendons, joints, specific IQ and such. They say the middle gait, the easy on the rider 'running walk' is hard to train, and not every walker can learn it --but the other two 'walks' being at the ends of the speed spectrum, come along pretty easily. At a 'running walk' the horse is essentially in a natural transition zone, either speeding up to gait max or slowing down to barely executing. So holding that middling gait requires a smart hoss who also wants to please.
Buddy beat me to it. In word-processors "paste and match formatting" might be required, so that you don't end up with one word in a strange font and size.
So, the word "option" plus a blank space plus the "u" plus the letter, or nine keystrokes on the Mac.
On the PC:
Alt key + 0252
That's five keystrokes.
We win again.
BD and Buddy:
The "fifth gait" was covered extensively in my video essay, In The Spirit of Equus. It played a major role in ancient war.
And neither of you read it.
Nice go, slackers.
I was wondering where this was filmed (if in Iceland). I lived there for two years (courtesy of the USAF) and don't recall seeing any patch of woods that large.
Sorry...OT (buddy, I responded to your Mississippi question from the AGW thread. No reply yet.)
In England and Ireland it's known as "pacing" and has to be taught:
It has to be taught as it is unnatural. Often used for racing light, 2 wheel rigs:
In the products of the apple cult "option" is the name of the "alt" key. So hold down the mac "alt" key and type "u", then hit the letter you want the funny symbol to be over.
I count that as three keystrokes, and the use of "alt" + "X" with "X" being letters other than "u" generally gets the most common symbol required (åéîø¢°£), so for the occasional user it might be easier to remember than the alt-codes.
The answer is found by clicking on the YouTube logo[Watch on YouTube], which will take you to the video on YouTube.
Uploaded on Oct 18, 2008...Stjarni, at 6 years old in Oct. 2008, 5-gaited sales horse at Clear Lake Farm, Magnetawan, Ontario, Canada, www.icelandichorses.ca
As you correctly surmised, it was NOT Iceland. Ontario.
They are wonderful horses. My wife has one that I sometimes take on trail rides in lieu of my quarter horse. He'll carry me all day (185 lbs.) and keep up with anything else out there. They can cover lots of ground very quickly and are amazingly sure-footed. Disposition can't be beat and is unlike any other breed that I've worked with--supposedly they are that way because they have no natural predators where they come from.
Be careful calling them "ponies" though. They are true horses, not ponies, and some Icelandic fanciers will get very upset with you for that.
Right --no Shetland they.
Peter --that light carriage, it's a ''sulky'' over thisaways. Queen Boudica gave the Roman Empire all hell using the ultra-light single-axle concept. They finally wore her down though, and treated her family shamefully bad --
Garry --i'll go find it --thanks --
Doc, i'm reading it now --it's superb. I miss lots of good things here --ain't enuff time in the day! i DO have a 'doc merc' folder, tho --you're a great talent, and i try to save some stuff for later just BECAUSE it is too good to read on the fly. Do i ever go back and read? Yes --the computer stuff especially.
Garry, found it --thanks for the heads up, i'd've missed a nice to-USA sentiment, and them ain't exactly growing on trees these days --and also would've neglected to mention to present company on this St. Patrick's Day, that your son is a piper and plays the pipes in an honest to goodness pipe & drum corp.
It's been years since I've been through Mississippi (Gulfport, Biloxi etc)...that was in 19-oh-77. Jesse Winchester wrote a lovely tune titled "Biloxi". Been through 39 of your wonderful states some numerous times
The Irish having their Day and all, let me guide the music prompt to this jaunty Irish tribute associated with the confederate Irish units --to whom the Yankees were the same as the English and indeed the famous Irish Brigade of Lincoln's army (New Yorkers all, smattering back to the War of the Roses and the Irish sympathy for the Yorkists over the Lancastrians) were as the 'Orange' Scots/Irish who fought with the English against the Catholic Scots Highlanders and Irish Catholics, during the long troubles over the Stuart claim to the throne of the Great Britain established in 1707.
Click 'show more' and the song lyrics appear --and right out of Finnegan's Wake are they too, bitten and snarled to honey and butter and back in any phrase, tells ye all aboot the Blarney Stone wi' ere a mention of the name!
... and on this Bob Dylan-appreciative site on Paddy's Day, this, the anthem of the Scots/Irish of the southern rebellion:
...and here's a snip of the rehearsal --judging by the stage hands and roadies standing at attention , probably in Mussel Shoals, Alabama.
--just one more, here's Dixie, which was written by Daniel Decatur Emmet (never heer'd tell ub'm but he name DO sound grand) in 1859, performed by the Metropolitan Mixed Chorus in 1916 --the old-timey pre-microphone stage delivery is a real hoot, i thought --
--for the piper
My apologies to BD for hijacking his thread OT. Have Merc give you my e-mail and we can communicate directly if you wish.
yeh --i too apologize. my name and gmail gets a message to me --tho i'm tardy about checking in --alas --
Winchester name got me thinking of Remington, and getting back on the horses thread.
Frederick Remington painted in the studio, so not precisely 'from life', but next thing to it, as he roamed the wild west (tho not as deeply as actual cowboy Charlie Russell, who retired cowboying to become the other half of the best two 19th century hoss painters that ever lived) drinking in the pictures before he set to painting them.
Check out these pictures, with Kingston Trio Second Unit singing "Get Along Little Dogie" --go 'full screen' for best effect --they're big canvas outdoor pictures --