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        02-14-2010, 02:15 AM
    Green Broke
    We had a little paso fino mare, she never moved like that(she was just a trail horse) but her normal gait was about 1/3 that speed, people around bumble fudge where we lived were always gawking at her... I detest that gait, I have always wondered how they get them to sped up like that, Magic was fast, but nothing like that... Though it is pretty comical to watch lol.
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        02-14-2010, 12:02 PM
    Green Broke
    Ironically, I was studying up on them and there's a reason why most of us have never seen this gait before - it's completely man-made. This is a video of the "classic fino" which apparantly, only a small percentage of Paso Fino horses can even do. They're much better known for their abilities to do the "paso corto" and "paso largo" which are lateral gaits much like a racking horse - much faster, but smooth as silk to ride.

    You would never see the average Paso or the trail Paso doing this gait, because it's entirely a show gait. Which really explains a lot. I couldn't imagine wanting to go this slow on the trail! Why not just WALK then?

    It's sad really - even when I watched the video I wasn't overly impressed, and now that I find out it's really an "artificial" gait that we've just molded out of their ability to do other gaits, I have to shake my head. Does this really look good to some people?
        02-14-2010, 12:56 PM
    Originally Posted by englishrider    
    OMG! That is so funny! It reminds me when I walk when my feet are tied up!

    Hahaha, how often do you tie your own feet up? LOL
        02-14-2010, 12:58 PM
    Green Broke
    ^^ LOL!!

    I wasn't going to say anything, but imagined quite a bit!
        02-14-2010, 01:17 PM
    Green Broke
    *LOL* englishrider, you might have just had a tmi moment

    Macabre ~ I've seen the gait before at some breed parades but it always kind of bothered me too. It like - okay, so you can go as slow as a walk but expend three times the energy. How is this a good thing?
        02-14-2010, 01:19 PM
    Green Broke
    I have to say, it's very impressive to see in person. The one I saw at the county fair I had Solon there. The horse was about 6 feet from Solon doing it's little pitter/patter thing and Solon could not stop staring. I don't know what he thought was going on with that horse!

    I don't know if they get so conditioned to it that it eventually doesn't bother their legs anymore, but somehow that has got to eventually wear out joints a lot faster.
        02-14-2010, 01:32 PM
    That looks so tiring. I've seen it before on an RFDTV show. Odd...very. I'm not a big fan of Paso Fino's either...
        02-14-2010, 03:47 PM
    They remind me of Chihuahuas for some reason. Maybe it's the almost "shaking" look that those small steps look like. How odd. I just can't remember ever seeing anything like this before.
        02-14-2010, 05:37 PM
    Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
    It's sad really - even when I watched the video I wasn't overly impressed, and now that I find out it's really an "artificial" gait that we've just molded out of their ability to do other gaits, I have to shake my head. Does this really look good to some people?
    How is this any different from the passage and piaffe in dressage? You wouldn't do those things on the trail either.

    The purpose of the fino is to show how collected and controlled the horse can be for a short amount of time.
        02-14-2010, 06:01 PM
    Excatly, ponyboy!

    Jumping is also a "waste" of energy and hard on the joints.. doen't make it evil though..

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