Ride a Paso Fino tomorrow 1st time...

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    08-25-2011, 10:27 PM
Ride a Paso Fino tomorrow 1st time...

Hi everyone. As some of you know I am looking for a gaited horse breed due to my back injury. Well in the Iwanna this week there was an add for a local Paso Fino Stable looking for someone to exercise thier horses and I thought hey that's a good place to find out info. So I sent the guy an email and explained to him my problem and he sent me one back for me to give him a call. I had to leave a message but he called me back today he seemed really nice and said he would be more than happy for me to come take a look at his horses and try a few out. He does not have any for sale right now but he does have some that are in training at his trainers. He was really nice and said that he is 99% sure that after I ride a Paso I will not want another. LOL He said he has had all of the gated breeds at one time or another and that the Paso is the Cadillac of them all. LOL I am still going to try the others breeds before I buy but I am so excited right now I don't know if I will be able to sleep tonight. So any tips before I go? He knows I have never rode a gaited horse and he said that was fine would not be a problem he would show me how to do it.
ETA: He also said a well trained Paso Fino would run around $3500 that sounds right to me but what do you guys think? I will be getting a decent size settlement for my back I hope and I plan on useing part to purchase the horse and am going to put a good amount in a saveings account in case of horse emergency.
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    08-26-2011, 07:50 AM
There are some videos on YouTube of the Paso corto. You might want to look those up and get an idea of what the gait looks like. There's a slow motion one there somewhere, too, which helps (if you can't find it, let me know and I'll try to look it up later).

For me, the first time I rode gaited, the hardest part was understand just what was going on underneath me. Having ridden 27 years of trotters, the gaiting felt WEIRD and WRONG, as if his feet were all over the place. I watched lots of videos and read some of the step-by-step explanations online, and then it made a lot more sense.

But most important, just go have fun :) I love my half-Paso's gait (when he gives me a nice one, LOL).
    08-26-2011, 10:14 AM
I got the chance to ride a Paso Fino stallion while on vacation in Puerto Rico a few yrs ago, and wow they are different, but in a good way. It's a very smooth and comfortable ride. And I learned the hard way that he was no dead broke school pony when I picked up the reins and he popped up with me haha. But they are a joy to ride and I know I'll eventually have one of my own. You are lucky to get the chance to ride them for free and I'm sure you will enjoy them :)
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    08-26-2011, 10:16 AM
Thank you I found a really good video that was a demo of all the Paso Fino gates. I have spent alot of time watching different gaited breed videos the last month or so.
    08-26-2011, 11:29 AM
Originally Posted by Calmwaters    
Thank you I found a really good video that was a demo of all the Paso Fino gates. I have spent alot of time watching different gaited breed videos the last month or so.
i think its good to try other breeds but I also agree that you will settle on a paso.they are the smoothest IMO.Like I said before I am die hard TWH but only because that's what I grew up with but the pasos are so smooth and graceful.take a camrea and have him video you so you can see your self on the horse.And do that with every breed.Sometimes if it comes down to this breed or that breed and you can decide watching videos of your self will help you see what you look best riding.In your situation comfort is key and you will be able to see that as well as feel it.
    08-26-2011, 11:45 AM
Thanks for your honesty Diegosmom most people have said there selected breed is the best you are the first to say I love my breed but that ones smoother. I like that he offered to let me come ride even though he does not have any horses for sale. I will take my camera and see if I can take pics. I am meeting him at 1:00 time is going to go by so slow today. LOL
    08-26-2011, 11:57 AM
Let us know how it goes!!!
    08-26-2011, 12:14 PM
Will do and if the owner is ok with it I will post pictures as well.
    08-26-2011, 09:53 PM
Well how did it go?Ive been waiting all day..lol
    08-26-2011, 10:46 PM
LOL Sorry I just got home a few minutes ago I went to have dinner with my parents. All I can say is WOW it was amazing! I took my camera but the batteries were dead but he told me I could come back one day next week and ride one of the mares he has. Today I rode the gelding he has and it was awsome! He was beautiful and loved his forehead to be scratched and he liked it even more when I spoke to him in Spanish. LOL The owners trainer speaks to them and trains them in Spanish. It was even better than I was expecting it to be.

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