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barnrat 06-25-2007 11:15 PM

Paso Fino Trouble
alright so this lady is having me ride her paso and he sometimes gaits and sometimes doesn't she said that (sadly) he's gotten worse from my riding him. She wants me to continue and tried to help me some but I just don't know that much about riding paso finos. I have some questions for you.

alright she has me ride him in a fairly harsh bit where I would much rather ride in a snaffle. She said that I would DIE if I rode him in a snaffle because Paso's have too much energy and are powerful......Uh, They ride TB and WB and Arabs in snaffles. I dont think it would be that bad. Is It? (keep in mind I am only going to ride in what the owner feels comfortable in me riding with.)

What kind of head set do I want while riding the paso?

When they start trotting how do I bring them back down to the pace?

Thanks for any questions you can answer!

Spirithorse 06-26-2007 11:38 AM

Well, I don't know much about gaited breeds, but I can tell you that if the owner says you will DIE without using that harsh bit then I wouldn't be riding that horse. Obviously there are major issues that need to be worked out. This is just me, but I refuse to ride horses with harsh bits, martingales, tie downs, etc. because I won't be the one who subjects the horse to that. Hopefully someone else will be able to help you out! lol

GallopAway 06-26-2007 11:58 AM

I don't know a whole lot about Paso's, as I've never owned one, but I've been on them before.

Maybe you could go back and do some ground work. What gaits are you trying to get the horse to do?

Maybe you could do some lungeing or ground driving, that way you could look at the horses gaits, get the owners help, see what's good/bad about the gaits, etc.

Maybe you could try the snaffle while doing some ground work.

barnrat 06-27-2007 01:38 AM

I do some ground work with the paso but I don't like too to much because I tend to want them to run around etc. and the thing is that he will start trotting and not pace, the owner wants him to learn to pace (that is the paso's gait correct?) because once a paso starts trotting then its hard to get them to pace again. Its easiest for me to get him to pace undersaddle.

She also once me too jerk on the rein and pop his head up everytime he starts trotting then bring him down to a walk and Try pacing again. By popping his head up then appearently he will push more from behind and pace.

if it's more comfortable for a paso to trot then is the gait really all that natural?!?!

barnrat 06-27-2007 02:04 AM

I promise I'm not the idiot talking....... :roll: uh, I guess I cant lie too well.....At least I know that its idiotic, maybe you should just turn your sound off. Well this was a while back before I even had permission to ride tango, lol. ( she told us to ride him just once a while back and I happened to have my camera.) Sarah happened to ride him in a snaffle that day just grabbing one of our bridles instead of using hers....In the clip I Say "watch sarah die..." I think now that thats exactly what the owner said, "YOU WILL DIE!" lol. Sarah and I said that jokingly though where you really will die...ha, don't make me laugh.

GallopAway 06-27-2007 09:48 AM

I don't think Paso's pace. They can do a normal two beat trot and the 2 beat lateral pace, but that's not usually what you want the Paso to do, I don't think. The gait is natural to them, but like any other horse, gaited or not, it has to be tuned and perfected.

From what I understand, they have 3 basic "trotting" gaits. The classic fino, the corto, and the largo. All the gaits are a four - beat gait.

The classic being the most collected, with very rapid footfall and not much forward motion. I think it's supposed to be the most difficult gait for the Paso to do.

The corto is the medium fastest gait, with more forward motion than the classic fino.

And the largo is the fastest, with the most forward motion.

I can't really tell from the video if he gaits or not. It looks like he might for a few steps.

After doing a little research, this is what I understand -

A Paso gaits easier by litghtening the forehand an engaging the hind-quarters. So, sometimes people can make small mistakes that make it a little more difficult for the horse to gait.

Like saddle placement - Some people put the saddle to far forward on the horses shoulders. Just putting the saddle a few inches back or re-adjusting your wieght can help them gait better.

Another is that people ask the Paso to carry it's head to low. They should have their head up and be breaking at the poll. They should have their head tucked in a vertical position.

I think this is generally along the lines of how the paso's head-set should look, although it will probably be a bit different for every horse, to suit that particular horse best. -

And here's a short video clip of a Paso stallion, doing (I think) the classic fino gait, just to give you an idea of head-set, how the horse gaits, etc. -

And another short video clip of a Paso Stallion. He's seems like a nice stallion. Ceritanly nice to look at, lol. And there are some nice shots of him gaiting in the video. -

Just as kind of a side note for the above video - "Brio" isn't a gait or anything. It's a Spanish word that means something along the lines of, " spirit".

giget 06-27-2007 10:39 AM

iv never seen Paso's at all (i dont no if there are many in australia) but that first stallion video looked a bit strange!!!! :lol:

GallopAway 06-27-2007 12:13 PM


Originally Posted by giget
iv never seen Paso's at all (i dont no if there are many in australia) but that first stallion video looked a bit strange!!!! :lol:

Yes, sometimes their gaits do look/make them look a bit odd, especially if it's not what your used to seeing.

I thought it looked a little different the first time I saw one. And then I got to ride one and WOW. I didn't care that the gaits looked different. It was definately the smoothest horse I'd ever been on, lol.

If I had more room and money, I'd buy a Paso in a heartbeat. :]

barnrat 06-27-2007 06:34 PM

They are very smooth, the video I had above we really didn't focus on him gaiting with us. I will get another one where I am doing everything the owner told me to do. He definitly does want to trot. I will also have a video of riding her other paso that does gait very well.

kristy 06-28-2007 05:42 PM

There are too many things to really begin with here.
Honestly, I wouldn't ride the horse. I think the owner is a TAD clueless.
If you are absolutely set on riding this horse, which I think is a horrid idea, then I will continue. Let me know.

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