What do you think of this match?
Hey all. I'm planning on breeding my 2003 Paso Fino mare for the first time next year, and think I've finally picked out the stud I want (after looking for years!). I'm not looking to sell this foal--I know it's not good to breed sedimentally, but I have my reasons to breed. First, as I live in the midwest, there are literally no Paso Finos around here (as it is, I will be doing AI for breeding), and secondly, most of the Paso Finos that I have looked at don't have the versatility that I have in my mare. She is not only a great trail horse with very smooth corto and largo, but we also compete in open barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole and other games at shows. I've had my mare since the day she was born, so I do have experience with foals.
For pedigree info, go to Welcome to Paso Registry. The stud's name is El Pastor del Juncal and the mare's name is Mi Sueno Viene Verdad.
Here are some additional photos and I believe a photo on the stud's website:
http://www.ro-noranch.com/stallion.html (he's the grey)
He is very easy going and used a youth horse, which I think is something that would be great to pass on to offspring, as Pasos tend to be a little hot. He also has a heavier build than some of the flat-sided Pasos I've seen, and I really like the way he's put together--his neck and hindquarters look very nice. Being a fino horse, he also has a shorter back, which I need to hopefully mesh well with my mare. He's a little short--13.2, but Pasos are very strong and shouldn't have any problems. As an added plus, all of this stud's offspring have been grey--they haven't had him tested for homozygous or not though.
Here is my mare as well: She's 14 hands and going to be 8 years old.
Here's a video of a walkaround: 017-2.mp4 video by kamanut - Photobucket
So what do you think of this match? I'll be using the foal for the same thing as I'm using the mare for--gaming and trail riding, and whatever else we decide to try! I'm looking for a versatile horse with a willing temperament.
The stallion might throw on the foal what your mare lacks. She has a bit of a long ewed neck for a Paso, which tends to have a shorter more arched appearance. He might though. The video does your mare more justice than those pics do.
I like the stallion. Is he a classic show Fino?
My mare does have a bit of a funky neck, but it's also from me not riding her the traditional Paso way...she doesn't ride with collection, so some of her neck muscles have developed incorrectly and make her look worse. I do really like Pastor's neck, so hopefully the foal will get that!
IMO, your mare doesn't really fit the characterisitics of the Paso Fino breed but the stallion most definitely does. I really hope the foal gets the stallion's neck and color, but good luck.
Don't mean to double post, but here's another photo of my mare, from a couple years ago. It's still not the best, and I do know her neck really isn't the best, but I think the last photo I had posted of her didn't really do her justice.
For a Paso Fino her neck is built sort of longer and straighter. She's a pretty mare. Good luck with the cross.
Yup I know her neck is kind of wonky...lol...exactly how you described it. :)
She's definitely not perfect, and I'm fully open to critiques. I've had people familiar with the breed critique her, so I know what her faults are, but it bothers me when people critique her based on a stock horse conformation...Pasos aren't built like a QH, and there is actually a large variance between Pasos themselves, since finos are built differently than a pleasure (corto/largo) type horse as well.
Thanks--I think it should make for a good cross. The stud has a nice build and neck, as well as the short back I'm looking for. Guess we'll see in two years! :)
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