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.