This is our first day with him and I am so curious to figure out what he is. Regardless of what he is we felt a wonderful connection with him and are looking forward to a lifetime of happiness with him.
We know intermediate information about paso finos and wanted to know what breed you think our new horse is? I know the easiest way to tell a paso is their gait but we haven't seen him gait. I also know most pasos are born with the gait however not all pasos gait. He DOES have an incredibly smooth walk, fast walk, slow trot, and canter that is very easy to ride. We have rode pasos before and he sure doesn't gait nor ride like a paso but he also hasn't been trained to ride like one either.
We purchased him from an area where there are mostly all paso fino breeders. He was being boarded at the barn for a year and his owner never came back for him. The barn kept him for a year then, gelded him, got him western training and shots etc. A few months later we came along and just feel in love with his personality. They only fed him grass and hay, no grain. In my opinion he needs to add a little weight but I know they are very easy keepers.
He is 6 years old. Very small, 14 hands roughly. His old halter (Blue) looks like they left it on. I am against doing that but out new red one is also too large and it was for a small horse. We are looking for a cob halter for him.
The barn owners kids rode him with a saddle that was too large and bit that was so big it cut his mouth. He threw his head back constantly when we test rode him at the barn and I knew it wasn't his fault for being bad. We just tried a new bit and saddle and he is a charm to ride.
We think he looks like a paso who needs to gain a little weight. He certainly acts like one.
He is hot! Can't sit still wants to go go go all the time.
Doesn't like to walk slow.
Has a beautiful long mane. He carries his tail high.
Looks just like my husbands old pasos.
Feels gaited but does not move feet like a paso.
I will give him a few days to settle in and get a video up if you think that would help. Just let me know.
Thanks again for your help and holding back an negative comments. We love this little guy already.