Kissing Cousins- The Paso Fino Stallions
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Kissing cousins- The Paso Fino Stallions
Every morning we move a few horses into different pastures. I took this photograph before we moved these three pasture mates. The black horse and the chestnut horse are both Paso Fino stallions that are cousins. They share the same grandparents. The third horse is an older Standardbred gelding.
Paso Fino horses in general are very gentle and friendly and enjoy a lot of attention. The breed makes for great trail horses, competitive horses in the show ring and in competive trail and in endurance racing.
The words Paso Fino means fine step, or gait in Spanish. All Paso Fino gaits are a pleasure, but what most owners are looking for in a pleasure horse is not only beauty, spirit, carriage and disposition, but a comfortable medium-speed gait. Paso Finos exhibit the following gaits:
-Classic Fino - Forward speed is very slow, footfall is rapid while steps are short. Ultimate collection.
-Paso Corto - Moderate forward speed, medium extension and collection.
-Paso Largo - Fastest speed, executed with a longer extension and stride and A well conditioned Paso Fino can travel at the corto for hours, and thanks to the smooth gait, so can the rider travel for hours comfortably.
The gaits of the Paso Fino are genetic, so it requires no training! The natural movement acts as a shock absorber, and the rider feels no bounce while riding slowly (walk), moderately fast trot (corto), or at a flying speed (gallop). The rhythmical quality of the four-beat gait delivers a sound, like that of a percussion instrument, is quit phenomenal.
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July 20th, 2013
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