Originally Posted by netty83
I think pasos are fairly rare in the uk. Although I could have a look on the internet and see if there are any for sale. Don't know much about having gaited horses apart from my standardbred but she was just a broodmare. Is there anything specific I should be aware of?
Becareful who you buy them off of, of course.
Not sure if they same terms are used in the US for Pasos and the UK. But, when looking I highly recommend a "pleasure" paso. Not performance or classic fino. They have a tighter gait that's more desired for the show ring. The tighter the gait, and higher in show quality, the more expensive obviously. Like I said, they are a generally hotter blooded horse by nature and breeding. In my experience, the geldings have been more leveled headed than the mares and stallions. Of course this also depends on the individual. I have to stress that lol. ALL pasos are different really. But get a really quiet one, and it might still give your mom the bite she might want in spirit, while still being calm and compliant enough that she wouldn't have to expend too much energy. (Mind you, I am speaking from *my* experience with paso finos.) So I'd just say the general stuff you'd need to watch for, red flags from the seller, soundness, temperment, how broke the horse is, etc. Nothing all that different. I also recommend doing some research on the breed too.
Sorry about the absolutely long rambling there lol. But I think with some good luck over there for ya, your mom would be super happy with a Paso Fino. I will always recommend a paso for anyone with any back problems, or RA etc etc. The ride is like an absolute cloud when you have a paso that's not green. Their gait seems smooth out with age and as they find their balance and "Feet" as it were. (again, my experience working with the breed)
There's a good example of the gait undersaddle