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Video: Gaits of the Paso Fino

The Paso Fino's unique gaits make it a favorite for trail and show.

July 2011 Extra

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The Paso Fino is a unique, gaited breed known for its beauty and spirited temperament. These horses are compact and muscular with long, flowing manes and tails and are most noted for their naturally-occurring gaits. In the show ring, horses in performance and pleasure classes demonstrate the Paso Corto, a smooth, four-beat gait, and the Paso Largo, a similar but faster gait. The highest level of show-ring performance for the breed is the Fino division. These horses perform the Classic Fino, a highly collected gait with very fast footfalls but minimal forward motion.

Watch as trainer Ricky Mendoza of Quinta Chiappetta Paso Finos in Shelbyville, Ky demonstrates the gaits with Milagra, a Fino mare, and Campeon CQ, a performance stallion.


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Veronica    San Diego, CA

10/27/2015 3:56:45 PM

I watched this video and was wondering why this horse appeared to be drooling constantly? Is this normal, or is this horse in distress?

Marion    sussex, NJ

11/19/2014 7:13:56 AM

Very interesting facts on them.

Jess    Beaverton, ON

5/10/2012 11:46:51 PM

Paso Finos are also very people oriented. They love to be with you and bond very strongly.

Aurora    Houston, TX

7/1/2011 1:13:03 PM

Paso Fino's are actually very versatile. There are even jumping classes at some of the Paso Fino Shows and since the majority of Paso Fino owners trail ride, they are good at jumping trail obstacles.

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