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post #11 of 14 Old 06-30-2007, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Fortunately my last ride was a lot better. He gaited well for me and I even have videos, I will have them up as soon as I can ( may be Monday ) Sarah didn't do that well filming me, so it really sucks. But you know, whatever.

I haven't had a chance to get on him today but did yesterday...

Unfortunately the owner had a friend that came out and rode this horse in the outdoor arena and all this friend of hers did was run him around, gallop and canter. So know I need to work with a horse that is almost afraid to go out into the outdoor arena! I think I may let that be for the owner to handle when she gets back on the sixteenth and I will work in the indoor. what do you guys think?
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post #12 of 14 Old 07-07-2007, 02:47 PM
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omg please stop riding this horse!! hes not dangerouse, its just that my guesse you guy don't understand this breed, i am trying to be very nice, but unless you know the breed you have no reason to ride them. he isen't crasy he has Brio, its breed into them! pasos do not pace, and if you make them and or teach them it ruins them. paso much like peruvian pasos (thats what i have) are born (if they are pure bred) gaiting, they are one of the only breeds in the world that gait naturally. he isen't gaiting properly b/c you are riding him in the wrong saddle, and in the wrong position. if you can't get a paso saddle, then ride him bareback b/c you are restricting his range of motion making it very hard for him to gait. you must give them their head. please do not try playing the 7 games w/ him, as it honestly ruin him. i have seen many a paso ruined from going around in circles. they are very very diffrent from a normal horse. please aim me and we can talk about this. you have my aim (i'm hard to handel42---you know from pinedell) i am sry if this sounds harsh, but you will ruin this horse if you continue riding him w/o understanding the breed. i hope to talk to you soon!

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post #13 of 14 Old 07-10-2007, 04:08 PM
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The first thing I would like to comment on is the Paso owners knowledge on the Paso breed and ways of riding them.The Paso Fino's head must be elevated, but never jerk their head or any other horse's head.The Paso's head needs to break at the poll, and be the highest point of the neck so that the head begins to tuck down into the proper head carriage.Sometimes if the head isn't set right, weight is redistributed forward and can interfere in the Paso properly engaging the hindquartersto acheive the propulsion necessary to remain the gait.Another reason the Paso could be breaking its gait is the saddle could be too far forward and restricting the movement range of the Paso's shoulder, but the owner should have her horse ridden in a paso saddle, not western or any type of english saddle.Snaffle bits arent usually used on Pasos.They are usually started in a Paso bosal,it can help keep the Pasos mouth light, which is similar to a western side pull. Paso Finos are lively horses that have a natural drive and willingness, known colloquially as "brio", and generally a nice disposition.The Paso's natural, even, four beat amblinggait that can be performed at varying speeds. The classic fino is a collected gait with rapid footfall that covers little ground but is showy. The paso corto is a moderate gait good for trail riding, and the paso largo is a fast gait in which the horse can reach speeds equivalent to a canter or slow gallop. The quality of the gait varies from one horse to the next.
Not to be harsh, I know this isn't your fault, but if you haven't been taught to ride the Paso breed you could be requesting the Paso to trot.You should have a trainer teach you to ask for the gait properly.
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post #14 of 14 Old 07-21-2007, 12:13 AM
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OK. First of all, you are not going to ruin a Paso Fino by riding them in circles, or troting, or cantering them or doing anything else you would do with any other horse. They only pace when something is wrong, the rider, the saddle, ect. it is not a natural paso gait.

Bourbon st pretty much nailed it except...

We start all our Pasos in a snaffle bit, it keeps them soft in the mouth and flexible. It is a good step between the bosol and the spoon bit.

Pasos respond best to dressage type riding, they need to be able to collect themselves properly and round their backs to gait properly.

If it were me I would stick this guy in a bosol a snaffle bit and a dressage saddle. ( it does not HAVE to be a paso saddle, they work well in dressage saddles and Aussie stock saddles, and reining or endurance saddles 9for the western wanna be's)

the video footage is not very good so I cannot see what is wrong but my guess is you just are not riding him like a Paso fino. sorry.
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