Under saddle (every picture of a palomino is him):
Riding - a set on Flickr
He is owned by a good friend of mine who lives in California. I ride him and take care of him. She needs to get rid of him because he's costing her money and, being in California, she isn't getting much use out of him. She just doesn't want to pay for his monthly costs anymore - and that's why he's free.
He's a registered Paso Fino (his papers are at my friend's house somewhere). He's around 16 years old, but knowing him you would NEVER guess it. He's 13.3hh.
He neck reins and direct reins. He was taught to leg yield, but is a little rusty. He gaits very well under saddle, but trots in the pasture. He has the slowest, smoothest canter in the world. He has great balance and can canter in tiny circles. He can run fast. I've run barrels with him a few times and he's pretty good. He's an awesome jumper, but I don't recommend jumping Paso Finos too much because they are prone to founder. He's great bareback. He was showed successfully in Paso Fino shows before my friend got him, but I don't have all the details.
He has NO problems under saddle except that he can be a little spooky. When he spooks, he just does a little jump. He will also very rarely do a little spin, but nothing that will unseat you. He doesn't buck, rear, bite, or bolt. He isn't barn sour or ring sour, but he can be a little nervous going on trails by himself. It can easily be done, though. I take him out by himself all the time. He needs a confident rider. He needs to be bossed around sometimes or he will pick up bad habits. As long as he has someone who's confident and not afraid to smack him around when he deserves it, he's an angel. He can be ridden by beginners every once in a while. He is by no means dangerous, but he will pick up harmless bad habits like eating on the trail. He's great on the trail (other than being a little spooky). He will lead or follow (but is slightly spookier while leading). He sometimes gives mean faces to other horses while being ridden, but has NEVER kicked or bitten another horse while under saddle. I don't recommend riding him on roads. The traffic doesn't bother him at all, but he sometimes spooks at something on the side of the road and backs into the road.
I ride him in this bit: http://www.gaitsofgold.com/images/st...w_imus_bit.jpg
He does well with that bit, but can also be ridden in a plain snaffle. He would do great in a bitless bridle.
He is proud cut and must be treated like a stallion. He can't be turned out with geldings or stallions. He can be turned out with mares, but he WILL "breed" them if they let him. I'm putting it in quotes because he will actually do the deed, but cannot get them pregnant.
He leads, ties, loads, picks up his feet, and bathes well. He takes the bit and isn't girthy. He stands pretty well for the farrier (he's a little annoying but is by no means "badly-behaved"). Same with the vet... a little annoying but nothing that bad. He jumps a little when he gets shots and he rocks back and forth when he's getting his teeth done. He doesn't clip at all.
He's a really easy keeper. He has a bad back and will need to see the chiropractor every six months or so. In between chiropractor visits he is perfectly healthy and you can do anything you want with him. He just gets sore after a while and will need to be readjusted. He needs to be put on Ulcer-Guard whenever something particularly stressful happens to him. He's perfectly fine any other time.
He has been barefoot for years, but has recently had shoes put on his front feet because he was sore on gravel. He has always been 100% sound on every type of ground except gravel (but he's much better on it now that he has the shoes on).
Please contact me either by replying to this thread or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested. Don't hesitate to ask me anything if you have any questions.