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post #11 of 18 Old 07-31-2013, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Her name is Cleo! There are some photos of her on my profile
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post #12 of 18 Old 07-31-2013, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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I get what everyone is saying but I chose my horse before I decided what discipline I wanted to learn and now I have her and I love her. I don't want to trade her for another horse. I am just wanting to know if i can ride English on her and get her to jump. I don't expect her to be good at it. I just took my first english riding lesson this week and I loved it. I am just starting out, so if I decide that I want to do it more seriously I plan on getting another horse in addition to Cleo, but for now I have her so I've got to work with what I've got. I guess I just need to get her in the ring and let her tell me what she is and isn't willing to do.
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post #13 of 18 Old 08-01-2013, 12:19 PM
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Congrats on your new horse. You should also take a moment to pop by the Gaited Horse section of the forums if you haven't already!

While it is difficult to event most gaited horses with non-gaited horses, I recommend you embrace your horses natural gift. You mentioned you want to ride just for fun, when you get out on the trail, you are going to be blessed by having the smoothest horse in the group!

In my area, TWH's (another type of gaited horse) are uncommon, and I was teased for getting one instead of the go-to Quarter Horse. After riding with Sawyer and I, my quarter horse pals were awfully jealous of his smooth gaits and fast but smooth canter.

I personally don't know Paso Fino gaits very well, but I'm sure some people in the Gaited Horse section of the forums may also be able to give you info on events your horse is well suited for based on the gaits.

If you would rather go the eventing direction, you can check out the Paso Fino breed registry, they often have information of events that the breed is currently doing. Good luck! Enjoy your special gaited horse :).
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post #14 of 18 Old 08-01-2013, 01:56 PM
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You can absolutely direct rein ANY horse, and most horses are starting direct-reining, which is English reining. Any horse can be ridden with an English saddle, including gaited horses. The 1833 US Dragoon (Cavalry) saddle was a Plantation Saddle, which is common for TWH's, and Saddlebreds (many of them gait).
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post #15 of 18 Old 08-01-2013, 04:48 PM
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Congratulations on your new horse

You can definitely ride your horse in an English saddle, but you'll be learning a slightly different style of riding because of the extra gaits your horse has (and lack of trot IIRC). You can search YouTube and find examples of paso fino's jumping, so they certainly can do it. However, since you're still a beginner it would be much better for you to learn the basics solidly on the flat before you consider jumping, and when you're ready it would be much better to learn to jump on a horse that already knows how to. If you'll be buying another horse in a year or two, I wouldn't bother getting the paso jumping at all, since that's about the time that you'd be experienced enough to consider jumping her anyway.

Also, if you're keeping your horse alone right now you might consider getting some kind of companion for her. Horses are herd animals and don't tend to do very well kept alone. It doesn't have to be another horse (although if you know anyone with an older, retired horse they might be happy to free lease him to you) Ponies, goats, sheep, etc. will also work.
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post #16 of 18 Old 08-02-2013, 01:10 AM
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Congrats! My advice is to try every descipline possible with your horse. That way you can figure out what you and your horse are comfortable. Try jumping! Not familiar with the breed but maybe you have a one of a kind that ends up being a great jumper. You never know until you try!
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post #17 of 18 Old 08-02-2013, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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My horse arrived yesterday and I learned that she actually already knows how to trot and canter! I confirmed this by talking with her breeder/first trainer and they said she does trot, they have just previously discouraged it but If I wanted to encourage her to trot that was up to me. I haven't ridden her yet because I'm allowing her some time to adjust to her new home, but I spent 3.5 hours with her yesterday just talking to her and petting and brushing her. Her second and previous owner didn't spend a lot of time with her so she did surprisingly well. She ignores me when I call her but if I am in her lot she stays pretty close to me while shes grazing but not close enough for me to touch her, but She will let me approach her in the field and pet her just fine and that's something they told me she wouldn't do (that must mean she likes me a little, right?) Tomorrow I thought about trying to put her saddle on and just let her wear it for a while since she hasn't been ridden in a bit. Ill keep posting updates. I am very appreciative of all the feedback I'm getting so keep it coming. I have a lot of hope for her and I think she can do anything regardless of her breed. She's a great horse :)
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post #18 of 18 Old 08-03-2013, 09:03 AM
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I had a Paso for 20 years, he passed 5 years ago at age 32, and he was AWESOME to ride.
I rode him English. We didn't compete, but he could jump small jumps,(not gracefully) and he could trot and canter (not gracefully). The folks that imported him from Spain, wanted him as a hunter/jumper style horse so they had him professionally trained. I don't know what they were thinking, but he failed in that style of riding so I got him for a pleasure/trail horse.
What I can say is that this little horse could go for days and days and days on the trails and NOTHING would get in his way and I had the most COMFORTABLE ride of my life!
Embrace the gaits, enjoy them and enjoy your new horse. Be open to change, it is part of growing together. You may find that your "plan" isn't really your plan after all and once you and she become a team you will figure out what is best for you both. Have fun!
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