GHGO
Gaited Horse Group of Ontario
The Paso Fino is the oldest true native breed of horse in the Western Hemisphere. On his second voyage from Spain 500 years ago, Columbus transported the ancestors of the first Paso Fino horses. He brought with him a select group of mares and stallions to Santo Domingo, now the Dominican Republic. These horses were a mixture of Barb, Andalusian and a now extinct Spanish breed prized for it’s unique, naturally smooth saddle gait. They became the foundation stock for the conquistadors who used them in the conquest, exploration and development of the Americas. The offspring of these horses would beget clans of horses unique to the Americas, one of which became known as Los Caballos de Paso Fino “The horse with the fine steps”. Today the Paso Fino horse reflects its Spanish heritage through its proud carriage, grace, and elegance and generates an aura of presence - a combination of energy and spirit that the Spanish call “brio”. Standing between 13.2 and 15.1 hh, its size can be deceiving. An easy keeper with a hardy constitution, this is a strong, rugged animal that can carry a rider almost endlessly in incredible, comfortable fashion.With its beautiful flowing mane and tail, full forelock and athletic balance, it gives the impression of power and grace. Paso Finos are not just beautiful, they are intelligent and affectionate and real people horses. Pasos can be found in every equine colour, with or without markings, including bay, black, buckskin, palomino, chestnut, gray, roan, and even pinto. The Paso Fino gait is ‘harmony in motion’ with its broken 4 beats producing a constant cadence. The secret to the gait lies within the horse’s structure. There is very little movement in the croup or shoulder, creating a motionless ride lacking the jolts and bumps so often associated with trotting breeds. The Paso Corto, comparable in speed to a trot, is the average trail gait. A well-conditioned Paso Fino may travel at the Paso Corto for hours without tiring and, because of the smooth gait, so can the rider. The Paso Largo, the fastest speed, is executed with a longer extension of the same footfall with varying degrees of collection. The Paso Fino is a versatile and responsive athlete who has proven himself as a competitor, working horse and pleasure horse. Because of his smooth gait, he is an ideal horse for the beginner or someone with physical difficulties. He is willing and spirited but gentle at hand! Paso Fino Links: Central Canadian Paso Fino Horse Association http://www.centralcanadapfha.com/ Paso Fino Horse Association http://www.pfha.org/
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The Paso Fino is the oldest true native breed of horse in the Western Hemisphere. On his second voyage from Spain 500 years ago, Columbus transported the ancestors of the first Paso Fino horses. He brought with him a select group of mares and stallions to Santo Domingo, now the Dominican Republic. These horses were a mixture of Barb, Andalusian and a now extinct Spanish breed prized for it’s unique, naturally smooth saddle gait. They became the foundation stock for the conquistadors who used them in the conquest, exploration and development of the Americas. The offspring of these horses would beget clans of horses unique to the Americas, one of which became known as Los Caballos de Paso Fino “The horse with the fine steps”. Today the Paso Fino horse reflects its Spanish heritage through its proud carriage, grace, and elegance and generates an aura of presence - a combination of energy and spirit that the Spanish call “brio”. Standing between 13.2 and 15.1 hh, its size can be deceiving. An easy keeper with a hardy constitution, this is a strong, rugged animal that can carry a rider almost endlessly in incredible, comfortable fashion.With its beautiful flowing mane and tail, full forelock and athletic balance, it gives the impression of power and grace. Paso Finos are not just beautiful, they are intelligent and affectionate and real people horses. Pasos can be found in every equine colour, with or without markings, including bay, black, buckskin, palomino, chestnut, gray, roan, and even pinto. The Paso Fino gait is ‘harmony in motion’ with its broken 4 beats producing a constant cadence. The secret to the gait lies within the horse’s structure. There is very little movement in the croup or shoulder, creating a motionless ride lacking the jolts and bumps so often associated with trotting breeds. The Paso Corto, comparable in speed to a trot, is the average trail gait. A well-conditioned Paso Fino may travel at the Paso Corto for hours without tiring and, because of the smooth gait, so can the rider. The Paso Largo, the fastest speed, is executed with a longer extension of the same footfall with varying degrees of collection. The Paso Fino is a versatile and responsive athlete who has proven himself as a competitor, working horse and pleasure horse. Because of his smooth gait, he is an ideal horse for the beginner or someone with physical difficulties. He is willing and spirited but gentle at hand! Paso Fino Links: Central Canadian Paso Fino Horse Association http://www.centralcanadapfha.com/ Paso Fino Horse Association http://www.pfha.org/
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