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    07-28-2013, 09:52 AM
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Foal
Just got my first horse. Paso Fino. Lots of Questions.

I recently got my first horse and I am a pretty new rider. I took lots of lessons when I was young but don't remember much. My horse is an 8 year old professionally trained Paso Fino from a champion bloodline. I got her to just ride for fun and I would maybe like to eventually show her and maybe even do some jumping. I got her because I went to high school with the girl who shows and breeds them etc. and I know she came from a great place and has been well taken care of. Now I am trying to decide what direction I want to go with riding and I need some help.

I am more interested in English riding than Western riding but I have done a lot of reading about Pasos and both riding styles, and from what I understand, a gaited horse can't be shown in an English style show because they don't trot or canter and they can be ridden saddle seat but not hunt seat because you can't post on a gaited horse which is a part of hunt seat riding, but they can still do jumping and be ridden english style?

Based on that being true,Since its been so long since I've ridden and I've never ridden English, I am looking for someone (or a place I can go to take classes) to teach me the basics of English riding and jumping. Or just someone who knows a lot about Paso Finos and the correct way to ride them. I really need some brush up lessons, but I'm not sure what kind of lessons would be best to lead me in the direction I want to go in. Most places that I have found offer hunt seat or saddle seat lessons but don't work with paso finos. I have read a lot about a bad rider confusing a horse by riding incorrectly and also that teaching a gaited horse to trot/canter is not a good idea because they can stop doing their smooth gait. Am I better off to stick to riding western? My main concerns are to make sure I am riding correctly but I would also like to do jumping eventually. What should I do?
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    07-28-2013, 10:04 AM
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Yearling
You can easily teach a gaited horse to perform their gaits along with a WTC. They don't just have to be gaited. However, a Paso would not have been my first choice if I wanted to do jumping. Don't get me wrong they are very agile but they have very short strides and Paso's are usually not very big horses. I don't think you would be able to get a lengthened trot or canter out of a paso. Especially if they have lines running back to the show ring.
     
    07-28-2013, 07:28 PM
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Weanling
You have some how managed to aquire my dream horse.
Home | Pasofinotv link to shows for this wonderful animal.
I have several friends that own these and they are typically wonderful.
The people I know trail ride exclusively.
     
    07-28-2013, 07:35 PM
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Green Broke
It sounds like you should have gotten a different breed of horse. I would embrace the gait, which if it is a show horse will be very short strided. I would wither show it at paso shows or teach it to move on and have a trail horse. I don't understand why people get a horse that just doesn't fit what they want to do and try and squeeze a square horse into a round peg. And for you ibfo you also post in saddleseat riding. Also you state you want someone to show you the correct way to ride a paso, why wouldn't you have the people you bought it from that you say you know show you?
     
    07-28-2013, 07:53 PM
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Foal
I agree with churum as a paso owner and know that show jumping(or hunt seat for that matter) is not a good fit for a paso as versitile as they are. Op why the obsesion with the english? Just wondering. If you are more comfortable western then go with a western saddle. As long as the fit is good saddle makes no difference in gait. If you are intent on english"show"style riding look into fosh gaited dressage shows. What class of paso do you have? Ie pleasure,fino ect...??
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    07-30-2013, 12:58 PM
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Foal
Thank you for all of the info guys, I am just trying to learn everything and there is a lot to learn. I realize that Paso Finos aren't the greatest jumpers. I don't want to be a professional jumper or anything, Its just something I am interested in and thought about seeing if she could do. It would be small jumps and I wouldnt expect her to win any kind of shows or awards, just something fun that I could do with her.

I actually did talk to the place where I purchased her and got the name of someone to teach me the basics. I have a two stall barn and I eventually plan on getting a second horse that will be more of a hunter/jumper horse if I decide to pursue that further, but for now I just felt like Cleo (my Paso) was a good fit for me for my first horse and the main thing I plan on doing with her is probably going to be trail riding.
     
    07-30-2013, 01:15 PM
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Trained
Gaited horses are not built for jumping. Their backs are long, their barrels are big and they don't have scope. That being said, every full sized and sound horse can jump a 3' vertical or smaller. I have always taught my horses to jump bc I have always taken them trail riding. Horses new to jumping will overjump obstacles. You want your trail horse to be so used to small obstacles that the horse will choose to step over a log instead of jumping it. Scopey horses take the rider with them bc they "couple", that is, they plant their back feet close to the jump and kinda curl up into a spring before they jump. ALL OTHER horses jump flat and you can easily fall off.
Keep your Paso and buy a scopey QH for the jumping.
     
    07-30-2013, 02:21 PM
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Foal
Thanks for the advice! :)
     
    07-30-2013, 02:46 PM
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Yearling
Unfortunately, you've got yourself the wrong horse for the job! If you want to take up English riding and jumping, I think it's a viable idea to search for a different horse.

Gaited horses are not made to jump. Can they? Sure. Can they do it well? Probably not.

Is riding a gaited horse in a style that he or she is not cut out for going to help you develop as a rider and help you learn said discipline? Definitely not.

As someone who has jumped a gaited horse before (albeit very briefly and only on occasion) I can tell you that the, er, "mechanics" are different. If you're learning to jump on a gaited horse, it will created problems for you in the future, because a regular-gaited horse is a completely different ride than a gaited horse.
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    07-30-2013, 02:53 PM
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Weanling
Congratulations on your new horse! It must be very exciting for you and the "getting to know" for the first little while is a lot of fun. Get some basic riding lessons either English or western but I would stick to what you feel comfortable with for the first little while until you get going with your horse. What' it's name and where are the pictures??
     

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