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post #1 of 8 Old 11-07-2012, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Paso Fino's Jumping?

Okay, so if you can tell by my username, I really love Paso Finos. They're so small but strong and loving and smart. (Like all horses!) If I ever got a horse, he would be a Paso. I really love their gates, but I have one question. I'm interested in jumping. Could a paso jump? He would be barefoot and he would jump no more than like 2 and a half feet. Would that be too hard on them? Just wondering. Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-08-2012, 11:35 PM
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After a quick google search, you shouldn't have a problem. All horses, barring medical or conformational catastrophes are capable of jumping things. I doubt you will find an Olympic jumping paso, but playing shouldn't be a problem.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-09-2012, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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k, thanks! Yeah, I'm not looking for an olympic Paso, just one that can jump no more than like two or at the most 3 ft. Just didn't know. Thanks!
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they do have a pretty short stride, might be more of a large hop ;)
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-09-2012, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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well, Paso's can canter.
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Just thought I'd chime in on this. I don't know much about Paso's, but I work at a barn where I've cared for a few and have been able to watch them work. I had a friend who owned a little sorrel Paso gelding, and he was a quick little guy; he also jumped two feet as well, loved doing it, and was quite good at it!

From personal experience, I have a gaited gelding who jumps just fine at the canter, and when he was in shape, he could REALLY jump; 3'6" free jumping, with good form over fences, and about 2'6" with me on him, (as that was as high as I wanted to try for back then. I've gotten more daring over the last few years, but also a lot more out of shape, as my horse has as well. )

The only advice I have to give is to look for a horse with good confirmation for what you'd like to do. Gaited horses can do just about anything non-gaited horses can, just sometimes in different ways. My trainer had a spotted saddle horse stud that worked like a reiner, smooth spins and hard stops but still gaited like a champion, and I actually learned to jump and barrel race on a Tenessee walker gelding when I was seven, and he was one of the best all-around horses I've ever met! Just look for the horse with the built and the heart to do what you want to do, and I think you could do whatever you wanted.

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Okay, so if you can tell by my username, I really love Paso Finos. They're so small but strong and loving and smart. (Like all horses!) If I ever got a horse, he would be a Paso. I really love their gates, but I have one question. I'm interested in jumping. Could a paso jump? He would be barefoot and he would jump no more than like 2 and a half feet. Would that be too hard on them? Just wondering. Thanks!
Can they jump? Yes, I know someone who jumps her paso, but no more than cross rails.

Also at shows there are versatility classes where they jump, but it is just one small jump.

So yes they can jump, just keep it small.
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Yeah, wasn't thinknig three feet. Only like a foot or MAYBE if he/she's up to it that day, MAYBE a foot and half or even two. ONLY if they are up to it and are physacally and mentally ready for it.
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