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post #1 of 13 Old 09-10-2012, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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new rider, just got a Paso Fino- dressage seat lessons?

I am an adult rider and very new to horses, only 9 English lessons so far at a riding school stable. I have recently gotten over my fear of trotting and during my last lesson started to learn how to canter. I have done one jumping lesson at a trot and I can post pretty well.
My boyfriend just got two Paso Finos and I have been on one twice, both times at the breeder. Wow, quite a difference! I am back to being a little afraid of trotting since you do not post or hold on with your legs. I know it will just take time for me to get used to the way you ride this horse and the way you sit differently in the saddle. I got it before on the other horse, I will get it with this one soon.
The breeder is an hour from my house and has offered 3 lessons at my regular lesson price. After that the price goes way up so I am looking to find a regular instructor much closer to the horse. I heard from another Paso breeder that dressage seat is about the same as Paso riding- the skills are easily transferable. I am planning to take lessons for a long time but I want to make sure if I cannot take lessons on my horse, I am doing the next best thing. I am really just looking for hope and options in case I just cannot find Paso-specific lessons.

So does dressage seat transfer over well to a Paso? Yes, get over my fear first but that will just come with practice. I am getting a little stressed over being afraid I will fail or not progress with this new awesome horse so I welcome all advice, tips, etc.
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-10-2012, 02:04 PM
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Pasos are awesome! Relax, sit deep, & enjoy! My Paso is short-backed, so I ride her in an Aussie saddle. I just trail ride in the rural area where I live,so don't have any other help for you. Welcome to the forum!
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Good riding is good riding, so if you learn good riding and communication in a dressage saddle, many of the basic concepts will transfer over when you ride your gaited horse. Will you be riding your Paso saddleseat or Western?

Pasos are great horses. My 25 y/o Paso is the smoothest horse I've ever ridden.
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Thanks for the encouragement about dressage communication transferring over to the Paso style.
I'm not quite sure how I will be riding the Paso yet- I'm going to be pretty happy with just being able to ride comfortably and feel secure in the saddle.

I've spend much of today trying to find Paso people with no luck, a smidge better luck with gaited horse people in general and also a bit of luck with dressage trainers.

Two Paso breeders said dressage seat is best to cross over to Paso riding but a dressage instructor said she didn't think so. Right now I'll take whatever I can get. The horse will be stabled outside of Annapolis and this is apparently a rare breed up this way.
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It may be that the dressage instructor doesn't have much experience with Paso's. Especially if they're a rare breed in your area. Listen to the Paso or gaited people.
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-11-2012, 08:03 AM
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It definitely is an uncommon to rare breed for the area - that's mind of neat. Not a slam on Dressage but sometimes some Dressage trainers are....intimidated? Turned off? By a non trotting horse and kind of fall apart on what to do. Look up gaited horse Dressage if Dressage is your interest. There are some shows for it in the MD/VA area. Look on The Equiery - The Equiery – News & Views You might find an advert for a trainer in there too
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post #7 of 13 Old 09-14-2012, 06:02 PM
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I have a Paso :)
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Lovely horse, just enjoy her. Don't worry about the Paso part. She is a horse first of all and you can ride her like any horse. Sure her gait might be best if she were ridden a certain way but you are not going to hurt if you don't ride her a certain way. Have fun. Pasos are lots of fun.
BTW Dressage style riding is good for most horses.
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I ride Paso Finos but also take dressage lessons from time to time. A lot of Paso people will get dressage saddles if they are saving up for a show saddle, since they are similar (otherwise we tend towards McCellen saddles or western saddles without horns). Riding dressage and riding Paso Fino are different, but I think dressage saddles can help you keep a good seat on a paso fino. I like McCellens the best, followed by dressage. I am currently forced to ride my Paso in a jumping saddle (was $75 and I needed a saddle and was broke, don't judge) and absolutely hate it. I'm considering selling it except I don't have the money for another saddle right now and I know I could not get the money for my jumping saddle that I would need for one that I want.
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We have Paso saddles made by Kuda. I am not paying for this endeavor and I am grateful for everything that comes my way since I know how much those saddles cost. I know an English saddle from a western one but I am still new enough not to be able to tell the difference between a good and a bad one.
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