Originally Posted by Lexiie
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.