09-03-2012, 12:06 PM
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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.