Today’s Horse Facts: The Paso Fino – Strives to Please his Master

Do you know what a Paso Fino horse is? All Pasos have their roots with the Paso from Peru, the American Mustang, and other descendants of Colonial Spanish Horses.

The Paso Fino: Strives to Please his Master

To see a picture of a Paso Fino, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paso_Fino

“A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.”

(Matthew 10:24 NIRV)

The Paso Fino (Paah´-so fee´ no) is a naturally-gaited horse bred by Spanish land owners in Puerto Rico and Colombia, South America, who wanted an obedient steed with endurance and a comfortable ride that would aim to please.  All Pasos have their roots with the Paso from Peru, the American Mustang, and other descendants of Colonial Spanish Horses. The Barb, Spanish Jennet, and Andalusian have also been interbred in the U. S. to produce the Paso Fino of today. But Pasos go back to the time of Christopher Columbus when it’s believed he brought some of the horses with him to the New World.

The Paso Fino is a gorgeous equine, standing an average of 13 to 15.2 hands but strong for his size. He weighs from 700 to 1000 pounds, although it might take a foal five years to reach his adult weight. He has a Roman-nosed head with beautiful large eyes, an arching neck, a short back with strong withers, and a thick mane and tail. He can come in any color or combination of colors, including white, pinto, and palomino.

The Paso Fino name means “fine step.” It’s a perfect title for a horse that’s prized for his smooth, natural, four-beat amble. This is a lively horse that has a pleasant disposition with the desire to please his master. The Paso Fino has three different dominant gaits, all dependent on how fast he’s moving. But in each gait, all four hooves travel close to the ground while he’s in motion. At whatever speed he travels, the smoothness of the gait ideally allows the rider to appear motionless with no bounce. And a smooth ride like that would please any rider. Horse enthusiasts consider the Paso Fino the smoothest ride in the horse world (although owners of Tennessee Walking Horses hotly debate that issue!)

The Paso Fino is a competitive trail horse with both speed and stamina. But he’s much more versatile than that. He often competes in western classes such as trail, barrel racing, versatility, and team penning, and is very popular for trail riding and endurance competitions, driving, and gymkhana. No matter what this spunky horse is doing, he’s got one goal in mind: to do the best he can for his master who is riding him in the ring or down the woodsy trail.

Speaking of doing the best for the master, have you ever thought about God as your Master? An old hymn entitled “Give of Your Best to the Master” reminds us that we do have a Lord who should be the King of our lives. Everything we say and do should focus on trying to please God.

A master is someone in charge…someone who has authority over someone else. Our wonderful God is the Master of the Universe; yet, he loves us and wants us to live for him every day to show Him how much we love Him.

Sadly, sometimes we decide to run our own lives. We think we know better than God and want to become our own boss. Going our own way away from God’s instructions (the Bible) always leads to trouble.

As a Christian young person, if you love Jesus with your whole heart, then strive to please Him in all you say and do. Be thankful God is your Master, who will always lead you down a path that only has the best in store for your life.

PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for being the Master of my life. I pray that I’ll always let you lead me in the way that is pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SADDLE UP!   (What would God have you do now?)

Think of any “paths” in your life that might not be pleasing to God (examples: not reading your Bible, too much video game time, sassing your parents, being unkind to family or friends). Ask God to help you walk down the right path and always look to Him as your Master:

Take your ride: (Do you know?)  Ladies who ride Paso Finos in parades often wear the “traditional” Spanish garb: a fancy hat, long brightly-colored dresses with layers of ruffles, and high black boots.

Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?)  “Ye call Me Master and Lord, and ye say well; for so I am” (John 13:13).

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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.

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