"Can you tell me what this is? is it possible sweet itch? It is on my new horse's mane. He is imported. He rubbed his mane off at the previous owners place. His hair is falling out. There is a quarter sized spot on his side. Could it be rain rot? or mange? Vet is coming, but I wanted to ask here for input in case it's sweet itch."
This is the gait chart that shows the different gaits of gaited horses, from trot to pace. Every easy gaited horse, Missouri Fox Trotter, Tennessee Walking Horse, Peruvian Paso, Paso, Fino, Icelandic Horse, will do some type of gait on this chart, either diagonally timed, square timing, or laterally timed, if they are "gaited" (not all "gaited" horses have an easy gait).
The Islandpferde / Islandpferd generally wears boots when shown. These are allowed in competitions and evaluations, but they are mechanical aids in regard to gait and actually skew the natural gait of the horse.
Let's show the horse naturally, and base his scores on natural gait and not artificially enhance gait.
If the horse needs "protection" because he may hurt himself with his own legs, perhaps he should not be in the breeding pool. Maybe his conformation is not that great. Horses with good conformation, nice legs that do not interfere with each other, and natural gaits should be the goal.