I've done a lot of research, spoken with a friend who only loves Paso's but I am willing to learn all about her from any who have worked with them. We should all learn something new every day I believe and right now it is all about her and our journey together.
They are great horses.The smoothest gaited horse I've ever rode.Smart,personable.They make you figure them out...not always easy.I've found that I have to try alot of different things to get what I want from some of mine because you have a very hard time "forcing" them.I have 10 of them (only need two) so guess you could say they are my breed of choice.Good luck with yours and enjoy the ride.It really is hard not to wear the "paso smile" when riding one.
Thanks, I completely understand what you mean about them making you understand them. There are days when she comes right to me and seems to love me and others when if I even touch one of the other horses she seems very jealous and will turn her rear end to me, flick that long tail and take off. I just head on back to the barn, do some work or watch her for a while, wait until the other two are off somewhere and then go back out. She usually comes right to me if they are not around.
After I posted this I phoned my friend, she says they can be very jealous of their people so I guess I was right... she is jealous of the geldings. I don't know why as she is completely in charge out there. But it is kind of nice too. This is going to be a learning experience. I've ridden her a couple of times and her gait is smooth and wonderful. Great for my horrible back and knees.
I will continue to do as much research on her breed as possible. I feel very lucky to have such an amazing creature in my life. She is keeping me on my toes and I find on days like today when I can't get out to be with her I am quite sad. Soon, I'll be able to go every day. Thanks again to you both for the comments.
Things are going great with my paso mare Bay. She has been pampered by me, my farrier and her tooth farrier. She had her wolf teeth pulled and a much needed floating... we don't think she has had any work in many years. She will be much happier now. I and my tooth farrier believe the head gear problems I've been having were much due to her teeth. Her hooves are beautiful now and she stands and loves on me. She comes to me willingly in pasture and when she sees me drive up her head lifts and she whinnies at me as I exit my vehicle. Her ground work is almost over another couple of weeks and we'll start some under saddle pen work. She is still spooky at tiny things different sounds and such so these last weeks we will work on some spook proofing. Hope y'all are all doing well.
I've rode two Paso Fino's and they are such a smooth ride. As far as understanding them, I'm at a loss LOL. One, a gelding was easy, the other a mare was well, lets just say her and I wouldn't get along but it would be my fault for not understanding her.
Newer Paso Fino owner here. Wife and I purchased two, an "almost four" year old gelding and a seven year old mare in Florida in Late 2013. We went to the farm (United Paso Fino) near Ocala and spent a week training under the tutelage of Carlos Tabon with our horses in February prior to shipping them to our place near Zion Utah. Thank goodness we made the investment of time and money in the training. They are very different than our AQH's and it would have been a negative experience for horse and riders had we used the same riding methods.
The gelding is mine and he's a fantastic fella. I've not met a horse before who is so willing and eager to please. He's young so its an exercise (for me...) in patience at times until he understands what I want him to do, but when he does he always tries to do what I ask of him. I got him to trail ride and the terrain of Florida and SW Utah are nothing alike so every ride is a new experience for him. We do quite a bit of ground work and games, he loves to play horse soccer with his jolly ball.
We're up to rides of three hours now before he starts to lose focus and become a bit ADD'ish :) His gait is wonderful and its so easy to cover a lot of ground quickly and comfortably. I think we may have some endurance events in our future. One of the things that was most difficult at first was learning to totally relax and soften the hands (from already soft hands) when he gets outside his comfort zone or spooks. With a Paso Fino if you haul in on the reigns and move forward that's the signal to collect, fino and perform...so that means you have even more horse under you! Takes a bit of getting used to relaxing when things get a little exciting!
All in all my little guy has been a wonderful experience and I am looking forward to many years of adventure and companionship with him.
STT Guy, Thank you! Excellent advice. In my research on the Paso breed, I read a lot about Carlos Tabon. Luckily, I found a Paso farm not far from where I am here in Texas and the owner gave me a lot of advice for when I am ready to put her back under saddle. The total relaxation was some of it, she said to lower my stirrups and sit back in my saddle. Haven't tried any of it yet because, Bay, my mare was abused by her previous owners. So we are learning to trust again and bonding. Thank you so much for your post, I hope when I saddle her up again she will be happier about it. I've trained a lot of horses in my life but this is my first work in rehabbing an abused horse... Using all of my Daddy's quiet patience training he taught me as a kid. Works on young green ones and it seems to be working with Bay. I'll update as we go.