Today’s Horse Facts: The Paso Fino

The Paso Fino makes not only a beautiful parade horse, but he’s durable for trail rides and all kinds of classes in horse shows.

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Today’s Horse Facts: The Paso Fino

 

Paso Fino in a Show

What kind of horse do you think catches anyone’s eye in a parade? Is it the one with a long wavy mane and tail that prances with a high step? Most likely, the horse you are thinking of is a Paso Fino. This absolutely beautiful breed comes from …. Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s find out exactly how much you know about the Paso Fino horse. Here we go with our ten true/false questions:

  1. The words Paso Fino mean “fine step.”
  2. Paso Finos originated in Canada.
  3. They are a cross breed between Andalusians and Arabians.
  4. Paso Finos are smooth to ride because they are four gaited and have a smooth amble.
  5. This breed basically comes in solid colors.
  6. They are all large, muscular horses able to carry heavy riders.
  7. The most refined, short, high-stepping gait in which the horse prances is called a “classic fino.”
  8. They gained popularity in the USA in the 1950s and 1960s.
  9. The first Paso Finos came to America from Puerto Rico when they were imported by Olympian riders.
  10. Paso Finos are used mostly for English riding competition and parades.
Gorgeous Paso Fino Stallion

Answers:

  1. T
  2. F   They originated with the Spanish Conquistadors who settled in Puerto Rico and Central and South America
  3. F  They are a cross between Andalusians and Spanish Jennets.
  4. T
  5. F  They can be any color or combination of colors.
  6. F  They come in different sizes but they are all built sturdy enough to carry heavy riders long distances.
  7. T
  8. T
  9. F   They were brought to the USA from Puerto Rico by men in the armed services.
  10. F   They are worked in all kinds of classes in English and Western, and they make great trail horses.

Well, how did you do today? Do you know your Paso Finos? And did you even know there was a breed named the Spanish Jennet? If you want to learn more about the Paso Fino, check out more information at these websites:

http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/breeds/pasofino/pasofino.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paso_Fino

http://www.pfha.org/

 

Next time we’ll take a ride on a Spanish Jennet (since you asked).

Happy riding!

Marsha

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