The longitudinal back of the Icelandic Horse can be conformed in many different ways. It can be relatively straight, or slightly concave, to very concave; strong, tight, medium tense (essential tension), to very weak, or lax; and / or a combination thereof.
Some backs cannot carry much weight; some are stronger than others.
Some are flexible; some have too much laxity.
It will depend on many different things as to whether the horse's back can support a certain amount of rider weight, and how that weight will affect the back.
Some backs will sag quite a bit and take the horse's back into ventroflexion.
The type of saddle will also have an impact on the back. If you will notice the fourth image: check out the wrinkle of the skin of the horse behind the saddle bars.
Teaching a Horse to Talk - Listen very carefully to hear the horses "talking". As they learn, they will get louder; this is just the start.
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