Jumping a Paso Fino?
I am looking into buying my first horse (yah:D)...he's a 4-year-old Paso Fino cross. He's a rescue so they aren't really sure about his history. They haven't seen any Paso gaits yet (would they have shown up by now?) but he is smooth as butter. So who knows how much Paso is even in him.
I was talking to a horse acquantaince the other day and she said that if I even planned on jumping him (small hunter/jumper type stuff) then I should steer away from him because Pasos tend to be "hyper," I'm guessing she is referring to their brio...
I should say that I do not plan to start showing in any jumping classes.
I'm not concerned so much about him being "hyper" but is there something with the Paso Fino's conformation that could cause lameness if lightly jumped?
Paso Fino gaits don't "show up"... if they're going to do them, they'll do them from birth.
However, a purebred Paso Fino can trot. Mine trots in the pasture. It's even more likely that a Paso Fino cross would trot because the gaiting gene is recessive.
I jump my Paso over logs on the trails. I've seen him clear a 3 foot arena fence (from a standstill), and he's only 13.3hh.
Pasos can't jump because they're hot? How many hot TBs do you see jumping? A lot.
I'm not 100% sure about the conformation thing... you should judge the individual horse's conformation, instead of the conformation as a breed.
BUT... Pasos are very prone to insulin resistance, which makes them prone to founder. So there's that.
Who ever told you gaits just show up is wrong. But good luck with your paso!
I don't think gaits just show up but the horse naturally has them. Thats what makes the breed right?
My friend had a little dun Paso Fino mare. She jumped here. Wow. She jumped like straight vertical and then over. Her only thought was to completely clear it. It felt kinda scary when I jumped her. And the jump was like a foot high!
Agreed, Paso Finos are gaited from birth. Some are more hyper then others, depends on the bloodlines and the individual horse. Since he isnt purebred, there might be something in him that counter acts the Paso Fino in personality, so who knows? If he doesnt have any major conformation faults that would prevent him from jumping comfortably, why not? They are a versitile horse, one that should be able to do anything, conformation willing. Good luck! You should post some pics of your horse.
Hey guys...thanks for the replies.
Well no one has seen the Paso gaits in him so I'm guessing he doesn't have them.
I agree with the "hot" TBs jumping...I thought the same thing. Same goes with Arabians...
Haven't heard the insulin resistance thing but thanks for the tip!
PS I'll post some pics once I get him. He's a cute as a button...rose gray in color!
All horses can jump low obstacles unless they're injured or in complete lack of any muscle to speak of (in which case they need some good work to build muscle before they can start jumping). I'm not sure if pasos are good for higher jumps tho, just be careful to start him nice and slow, don't start jumping him 7 days a week the first thing you do :P But you probably know that already.
If you're not concerned about riding a hot horse, I wouldn't care much about that. Lots of horses from various breeds get really eager when they jump. But it's a good idea to keep in touch with a trainer and learn/figure out how to calm the horse down if he starts to get stressed or way too eager with the jumping.
About the gait, I dunno about pasos.. but is he ridden any? My horse didn't show his gait untill he was started under saddle :) I also know some gaited horses in other breeds that had to be ''pushed'' into their gaits the first few times before they understood what was asked from them (no mechanical devices or anything, but kinda pushed forward and held back at the same time...). And of course, he just might be un-gaited :P
He has been started under saddle but barely...I'll keep you guys updated! I should have him the first week of May! :)
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