Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central Florida
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HagonNag..I do think it's because of the large Hispanic and/or Latino population. I'm not saying that all of them are harsh in their training or that any and all of the American trainers are buttercups in their methods, either.
Usually there are alot of babies that hit the ground in the paso world each year looking for that fino gait that will bring BIG money if they do well. It's nothing to enter a class at a show with the horse being worth 100k, the horse wins the class (usually this happens in fino) and is immediately sold for 125k or more. Shown again and sold again. There are pasos in my area that sell for over a million dollars...it's crazy. These horses are competing at around 3yrs old...so, there are a lot of them that don't make the cut, much like tb's and are then sold for trail.
Most people these days with disposable income and want a horse are a bit older. Of course this isn't an absolute..just in general..and they don't want to trot. The paso being one of the smoothest rides out there and here they're not much money (some are give aways) people will gravitate towards them. IMHO, they are not for a new horse owner or for the timid rider. They aren't crazy, spastic, mean or out of their mind like a lot of people think. Most have had the harsh training and then fall into hands that don't understand them and it makes matters worse. They're probably, at least to me, THE smartest horses out there. IF there is a hole in your riding they WILL find it. Almost immediately, LOL. And they take huge pleasure in exploiting it, just for fun. Hence, my opinion that they need a confident rider. Once a relationship is established, they are Amazing and will lay down and die for their owner.
Wow, did I ramble or what?? Sorry!!
I would suggest anyone looking into gaited breeds to do their homework ad nauseum. A paso will pace as well and they will trot if not asked to gait correctly, though they are more naturally gaited than the tw's, ssh's, kmh's, etc. A couple years ago I looked at a kmh 4yr old gelding, just for kicks. Asking price was either 9 or 10k, beautiful unusual color. I was shocked that this young horse, who they said was wonderful on the trails, didn't even have the basics of steering or whoa on him <sigh>.