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post #11 of 18 Old 09-25-2012, 12:16 AM
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I didn't know Paso Finos "racked" but okay. :\

He has a cute face, he looks healthy. If he is safe on the ground and has decent manners, why not consider him? I'd question his ability as a greenie to properly ride, but as a greenie he could be easily workable. And sheeesh a Paso Fino for 250? Hell YEAH!

Just watch out for the brio (nice and fancy way to say high energy and step on Paso's and Peruvian's) and make sure he has some good ground manners before you get on him.

Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

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post #12 of 18 Old 09-25-2012, 12:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Joidigm View Post
I didn't know Paso Finos "racked" but okay. :\

they really don't, it's similar though. There's a name for it, but it's lost somewhere in the back of my mind. Hahah

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post #13 of 18 Old 09-25-2012, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Lexiie View Post
they really don't, it's similar though. There's a name for it, but it's lost somewhere in the back of my mind. Hahah
They are gaited yes, and it is a 4 beat gait. Racking though is a single footed gait.

Paso Finos have three 4 beat gaits: paso fino (slow, short, smooth ambling walk); paso corte (speedier walk comparable to the trot); and paso largo (super speedy 4 beat gait comparable to canter).

If this horse racks or maybe even paces, it's probably not a Paso Fino. The 4 beat gaits of Paso's and Peruvians are incredibly smooth to ride, much smoother than even a Missouri Foxtrotter.

I personally prefer the rack/pace of Walkers, because I can post it and I love/prefer trotting. But the 4 beat gait is so absurdly smooth, so incredibly smooth to sit it's like gliding on butter. It is way smoother than any show gait I have ridden on a Walker, way smoother than a nice Foxtrot. I'm not expert, I've only ridden the Foxtrotter and two Peruvians earlier this summer, but there is a HUGE difference.

Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

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post #14 of 18 Old 09-25-2012, 12:50 AM
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Well, he looks like a "nice reliable guy", but he (in these rather non-flattering photos) is not handsome.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #15 of 18 Old 09-25-2012, 12:50 AM
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250$ ? That is so cheap it's suspicious.
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post #16 of 18 Old 09-25-2012, 09:18 AM
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Yes, please be careful if you go see him. I understand that not everyone has the ability to clearly express facts in an online ad but the very low price and the ad itself just seems a bit "off". I suspect you may discover he is more of a project than you want. But let us know! If it is legit, you can't beat the price!
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post #17 of 18 Old 09-25-2012, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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In this area, coming into the winter like this, prices drop drastically. I did decide not to go see him after all, mostly because he is even farther away from me than the ad stated. Somehow, a 3 hour drive to look at a dubious, not super pretty, $250 horse just did not add up for me.

Also, since I am not looking for anything to compete on, don't mind working through issues (as long as they are not dangerous), am a reasonably competent rider and prefer to get something rather green, I am not really looking to spend any more than about $400. There are quite a few of them listed around here, it is just a matter of sorting through to bunk and the ones that won't suit what I am looking for.
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post #18 of 18 Old 09-25-2012, 10:30 AM
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Well, I don't see any glaringly obvious conformation flaws, but the photography blows. Just because the owner is ignorant, doesn't mean the horse is.
I would ask about the "safer" opinion. Bucker? Bolter?

As per his price, that's market price for a horse like him. So much of the US has suffered droughts and has no hay. I've seen registered Arabians by National Champion parents being given away.

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