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  • Am i too heavy to ride my paso fino
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    08-24-2012, 11:20 PM
  #1
Yearling
Paso Fino showing interest in jumping?

My paso fino gelding is awesome. I have been desensitizing like crazy and trying to fix his hard-to-catch problem. He gets better every day. I have been lunging on a line and he really enjoys the exercise and is very forward and a little excitable (which is awesome for me). I started lunging him over logs (big enough to where he has to jump but not big enough where he has to have a lot of scope.) and some other obstacles. He really has taken a liking to it. He is also very good. He has the cutest jump! Makes me laugh every time. He hasn't once hit his feet. He knows exactly where to place his feet every time even if he jumps too late or early. It is so cool to watch. He has not once hesitated to jump. Has anyone ever heard of a paso fino or other gaited horse doing well in cross country or showjumping? I used to have a big TWH who would go over small jumps but not near as enthusiastically as this little gelding. Also, another question...He is around 13.3 hands to 14 hands. Could use a little more muscling (why I started lunging him over logs and working him on hills). I am 5 feet tall and weigh around 128 pounds (trying to lose weight. I used to weigh less when I was in shape! Haha). Is he too small for me to do endurance or cross country on? If these are dumb questions let me know! :)
     
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    08-25-2012, 05:51 PM
  #2
Weanling
Paso fino jumping

At less than 130 pounds, you are definitely not to heavy for this horse.
Pasos finos are pretty nimble, quick to learn and have the energy for a more active riding style. I don't see any problem with jumping your horse as long as you don't push her too far or more than she is capable of doing without injury. With a willing horse, it is easy to ask them to do more than they can really do, they try so hard for you.

I once rode a new Peruvian on a trail ride. Since I got lost it ended up being a lot longer ride than I planned. She keep going and going for me but when I finally got back to the trailer and got off I say she was shaking with fatigue. I felt so bad that I had pushed her too far but she never gave me any indication that she was that tired. I know that if I had gotten back on her and asked her to take out on the trail again, she would have done it without the slightest protest. She had so much heart and desire to please
     
    08-26-2012, 03:25 PM
  #3
Green Broke
My Paso Fino mare loves to jump! I ride her in an Aussie saddle & I use a French link snaffle bit. I don't think endurance riding is a good goal though-for that I'd stick w/an Arabian.
     
    08-26-2012, 08:02 PM
  #4
Yearling
Wow that mare sounds like a great horse. Yes my Tango has tons of heart. When I work him on the lunge line doing hill work he never slows down or shows he is tired so I don't know when to have him stop. Then when I stop him (about 3-5 mins hard hill work) he's sweating like crazy and breathing so hard, poor baby! He just doesnt give up and wants to do good! He really is a good boy! I am glad I am not too big for him and that goes for jumping too, right? I have an arabian and he is just as amazing. He loves working hills and jumps! I am glad I have hardworking boys! Cacowgirl, why do you think he wouldnt make a good endurance horse?
     
    08-26-2012, 08:13 PM
  #5
Trained
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Consider investing in an equine heart rate monitor. You'll be able to take your horse's pulse while still in the saddle and will be able to get a better sense of how hard he's exerting himself. Over time once you figure out his patterns you will know when he's doing fine and when he's pushing it.
     
    08-26-2012, 08:25 PM
  #6
Yearling
I have looked at those. I knew someone who used one. Theyre neat. I have been wanting one but everything I have seen is going for $175+ and it is hard to save money when feed and hay keep going up but I try. It seems like everytime I buy feed it gets more expensive because of the failure to yield corn this year. :( but hopefully itll get better now that we are getting some rain and then I can really start saving money for a lot of things.
     
    08-27-2012, 10:55 AM
  #7
Foal
Glad to hear you're having so much fun with your paso! Generally, they don't like to step on anything, they try and avoid it so taking yours over some small jumps is a good thing!!

One thing you do need to be careful of with a paso is that they do not usually show signs of being tired. They will go unti they drop-literally. A heart monitor is a great idea and yes, they do make good endurance horses though the arabian is always the first pick.

You also might consider putting cavaletti's <sp>, or two jumps at different heights, nothing high. Not only is it great to build up the hind end, it really does wonders for their mind and they have to stay focused on you and what they're doing. I'm sure you're already doing this anyway, however make sure you work both sides evenly though you'll probably find one side easier than the other.
     
    08-28-2012, 01:00 AM
  #8
Yearling
Oh yes we always work both sides. Why do pasos not signal that theyre tired?
     
    09-03-2012, 01:06 PM
  #9
Foal
I'm not a paso expert by ANY means, period. I'm repeating what one of the most well known paso trainers and instructors in my area always told me. He will always say that a paso has so much heart, so much brio that they'll just never quit, so, you have to not corto them into the dust, LOL.

Most horses you can either longe or as my sister does with her arab, she'll warm up in a ride and if her gelding is antsy, she'll trot out for a bit, or, give him a nice easy canter for a stretch to just settle him. It always works and he's much more responsive when he's a bit tired..at least when he doesn't have that fresh horse "buzz" which is common in the hotter breeds.

Not to say that I haven't seen a "lazy" paso. They're out there, but, their lazy isn't like other breeds. I've yet to ever have to use my leg or heel on a paso. If you have any paso breeders or trainers in your area you might want to take a couple lessons, or there's a good book by Diego Bravo that is very informative. He's also a great person that is always ready to answer questions you might have.
     

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