Danish Vikings invented silly walking for horses

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The Vikings are known for many dubious deeds, but probably we have them to thank for modern horses’ most comfortable gaits such as tölt and pass.

The Nordic Vikings may have had delicate butts. In any case, they are responsible for the spread of a type of horse gait, which made a ride to the neighboring village much more comfortable for the rear.

The Vikings were targeted horse breeders with a focus on the horses’ gaits, and their favorite has probably been the Icelandic horse with the now famous gait – tölt.

This is one of the conclusions of a new, international DNA study.

The result surprises several researchers as it breaks with previous perceptions of human intervention in animal development.

“Until now, it has been widely accepted that targeted breeding of livestock is something that has emerged within the last few centuries. The study here is a clear proof…

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