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Stallion In The Woods
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This is a photograph of Senor Brio Contratercero in his pasture in the winter in the Catskill Mountains of New York on the Paso Fino Horse Farm where horses are very much loved.
The Paso Fino horse is the longest lived horse with typical life spans approaching 40 years. The breed is characterized by a lateral four-beat gait (described below). Elegant with a brilliant style, the Paso Fino generally ranges in size from 13.2 hands to 14.3 hands. Its weight is from 700 to 1100 pounds. Full size may not be attained until the seventh or eighth year. Colors run the spectrum with a variety of markings from chestnut, bay, palomino, black, gray and roan to pinto. It is a spirited yet gentle horse, smart and tractable. The Paso Fino has been bred for physical balance, with no exaggerated muscling or size in any portion of the horse.
The Paso Fino has been called "the smoothest riding horse in the world" and "the Rolls Royce of the Riding World". The Paso Fino moves two legs on one side and then repeats this same pattern on the opposite side. This gives it the appearence of prancing or "dancing" and is referred to as a four-beat lateral gait. As it moves, the horse's feet fall in a natural lateral pattern instead of the more common diagonal pattern. Rather than trotting, causing that seat thumping bounce that can be unpleasant for horse and rider, the Paso Fino's medium speed is a corto, during which the rider is reassuringly seated. The horse places each hoof on the ground independently of the other hooves, and thus derives the "four beat." The horses movement is generated primarily from the hind legs, and the impact of footfall is dissipated before it can reach the rider so that the ride is incomparably smooth.
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March 11th, 2013
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