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    01-17-2011, 04:12 PM
  #1
Weanling
what age do most paso finos start under saddle?

Just curious. Have a two year old filly boarded at my place. I don't think they plan to start her under saddle for a year...maybe two? Is that normal?

Before that...should she be lunged? What ground work should be done? I am new to the Paso world, but want to learn more. Thanks.
     
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    01-19-2011, 03:18 PM
  #2
Foal
A smart owner will wait until the horse has fully finished growing. I breed peruvians but the paso finos are pretty much the same when it comes to their developpement. The longer your boarders wait....the longer they will have a sound horse. It's just all a matter of patience, if they wanted to ride the horse sooner than later then they should rethink their choice and buy an older fully grown mount. Heck in the peruvian world the horses are 5-6 yrs old and mentally matured as well as physically and in the long run these horses are ridden well into their LATE 20's AND still healthy

Paso Fino Horse Directory - When to Start Training - Growth Plates
     
    01-20-2011, 06:57 AM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by pasolover    
A smart owner will wait until the horse has fully finished growing. I breed peruvians but the paso finos are pretty much the same when it comes to their developpement. The longer your boarders wait....the longer they will have a sound horse. It's just all a matter of patience, if they wanted to ride the horse sooner than later then they should rethink their choice and buy an older fully grown mount. Heck in the peruvian world the horses are 5-6 yrs old and mentally matured as well as physically and in the long run these horses are ridden well into their LATE 20's AND still healthy

Paso Fino Horse Directory - When to Start Training - Growth Plates

Thank you for the reply! Yes, they said they will take her when she is about 4, but I don't know if they mean they will start training her with lunging etc or what. I don't think they plan to plop a saddle on her right away, but I will ask.

Is training a paso much different than training any horse? I mean...I am sure working on gaits and stuff is different...but starting basic training...is it pretty much the same?

I have never cared for pasos, I must be honest. This filly is the sweetest thing ever. I aodre her and hope she will come back here after training.

Why do you prefer peruvians? I need to google, I don't even know the difference between the two!

Thanks again!
     
    01-20-2011, 07:37 AM
  #4
Foal
In all honesty I prefer the paso fino because they are more spirited. Where I live there are no peruvians so we opted for them instead as there are already a few fino breeders in southern Ontario.

Yes, training them is pretty much the same and lots of ground work is always the key to a great horse. Is this their first horse??
     
    01-20-2011, 07:40 AM
  #5
Foal
Training Paso Fino
     
    01-20-2011, 09:00 AM
  #6
Weanling
Oh no, not at all! I am asking you questions that I am sure they already have answers to...or at least opinions. The owner has about 10 pasos. He is an investor type person, then has a trainer in the north part of the state where his horses get finished. No one comes out to do anything with the horse, I am the one who does everything with her. This was part of the agreement....our barn is right next to our house, so we wanted a boarder for an agricultural exemption on our taxes BUT we did not want someone out here daily, losing our privacy. The owner is a family friend.

The reason I am asking is I have become extremely attached to this horse! I am hoping some miracle happens where she could just stay here, or I could eventually buy her. I think I could get her back to my barn eventually *if* she goes for training and doesn't necessarily "perform" up to their standards. Although I don't know how long it would take for them to figure it out (whether she performs well or not.)

I am not looking to show or anything. I really want something for pleasure. I am so impressed with this filly's temperment. I have always heard (and seen) that pasos have kind of a "nasty" temperment. I am afraid if she goes away for training, they will "break her" and not in a good way. Truly, it is none of my business what they do with her, but I can't help it...I am a little worried!

I have two minis and they are purely pets...but they don't give me half the love this filly gives me! I miss that bond you get with a rideable horse. I have had several horses in my life, but I only had the STRONG bond with one horse, and this filly reminds me of her!

Of course, she is only 2 years old. Could her temperment change when she gets older...could she get "mare-ish?"

I googled Peruvians vs Pasos...from the description I read, I think I would prefer Peruvians!
     
    01-22-2011, 09:14 PM
  #7
Foal
I started my Paso when she was 3--had 30 days of pro training put on her, and then we let her sit. She didn't know how to lunge until she was 5, and I didn't ride her hard until she was 5.

Pasos have a LOT of energy, and mine took a ton of work. She was hard to train, but now that she is, she's a great horse and I'd trust her with anyone. It just took a long time to get her respect, even though her ground manners are excellent.
     

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