Welcome to Toltmaster – Icelandic horsemanship at its best

We at Toltmaster dedicate ourselves to the art of Icelandic horsemanship, horse training and strengthening the relationship between equestrians and their Icelandic horse. Teaching through mutual respect, communication and trust within the horse, and based on Icelandic traditions of gaited riding, we ensure the best possible education for you and your horse.


The training of a horse involves building a relationship with another being whose integrity, both physical and psychological, should be maintained throughout. The training process is demanding for both partners and must be achieved without losing the spirit of either.
Implicit in the search for ordered movement is the risk of producing some form of mechanisation, instead of maintaining the purity of the horse's natural paces. 
Of course some horses will have a naturally occurring powerful and elastic range of movement, whereas others will look more ordinary. However, both types can be trained to improve their athleticism.
The aim of training must always be to help the horse to look more beautiful. Our belief is that you could not produce, or even attempt to produce, a work of art without a deep love of your subject matter.

We also believe that most horses can be trained to a very high level providing they have enough spirit.

Ultimately the spirit of the horse is of the utmost importance and should be our source of inspiration. If the training of the horse is approached with the aim of seeking co-operation, rather than demanding submission, the horses will teach us as much as we teach them.