Einar Öder Magnússon, former head of the Icelandic national team, said in an interview with eidfaxi.is that T2 (tölt on loose rein)—which has often been derided in previous years often derided—is a test that suits the Icelandic way of riding.
Archive photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.
Today, understanding for the test’s importance is widespread, as it is all about how the horse carries itself and how soft and elastic it is.
It is anything but easy to sit on a horse for a whole round and keep it in self-carriage.
Current team leader Hafliði Halldórsson states that the old negative thinking about the T2 is over. Instead spectators welcome professional T2 riding on the oval track.
It is a real achievement for a horse to run in the same beat in the long haul, maintaining the same erection and good forehand action, without any reins being used.
Dagmar Trodler reports for Iceland Review from Berlin.