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Ok, this is UNREAL. I knew about Paso Finos, I knew about their gaits, but in all my life, apparantly I just never had a reason to look them up on YouTube! I stumbled across this completely by chance, and the three of us are laughing our HEADS off. I'm sorry, but this has easily got to be the FUNNIEST gait I have ever seen a horse do. I can't believe how smooth they look for those tiny little mincing steps!

The Pasi Fino doing the "classic fino":

 

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We have some of those guys go to our big parade in Portland Oregon. Pretty impressive to see in person.
 

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Oh my, this reminds me when I trailered over to another riding facility. There I was working on dressage and this lady comes in on her Paso Fino. I had never seen one before and I had DEFINITELY never seen that gait before! I thought he had a nerve dysfunction!:oops: but I looked it up and found out I was very wrong. It isn't my cup of tea, but it is quite unique.
 

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Makes you wonder if those zippy little legs get cramped or tired!
 

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That's what we were wondering Solon! It looks like an absolutely exhausting gait, I wonder if it causes them to get tired quickly or if they're just used to it?

Don't get me wrong, I find it absolutely fascinating, it just struck us as almost hysterical to see a horse move like that! We're so used to seeing extended trots or high stepping Saddlebreds, I just never in my life imagined a horse could move that way!
 

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When I first saw it in a video before seeing it in person, I thought someone had sped up the video but then everything else wasn't sped up. It was really perplexing at first!
 

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Hahaha omg I hadn't seen that either! That's hilarious!
They look like they're like super nervous and panicking or something haha
It is really cool! Hehe the riders look so serious about it =D
 

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They are so odd looking, with those huge necks and big shoulders, but such a tiny looking body.

Beautiful, just odd!
 

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OMG! that is so funny! it reminds me when I walk when my feet are tied up!
 

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We had a little paso fino mare, she never moved like that(she was just a trail horse) but her normal gait was about 1/3 that speed, people around bumble fudge where we lived were always gawking at her... I detest that gait, I have always wondered how they get them to sped up like that, Magic was fast, but nothing like that... Though it is pretty comical to watch lol.
 

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Ironically, I was studying up on them and there's a reason why most of us have never seen this gait before - it's completely man-made. This is a video of the "classic fino" which apparantly, only a small percentage of Paso Fino horses can even do. They're much better known for their abilities to do the "paso corto" and "paso largo" which are lateral gaits much like a racking horse - much faster, but smooth as silk to ride.

You would never see the average Paso or the trail Paso doing this gait, because it's entirely a show gait. Which really explains a lot. I couldn't imagine wanting to go this slow on the trail! Why not just WALK then?

It's sad really - even when I watched the video I wasn't overly impressed, and now that I find out it's really an "artificial" gait that we've just molded out of their ability to do other gaits, I have to shake my head. Does this really look good to some people?
 

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^^ LOL!!

I wasn't going to say anything, but imagined quite a bit!
 

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*LOL* englishrider, you might have just had a tmi moment :shock:

Macabre ~ I've seen the gait before at some breed parades but it always kind of bothered me too. It like - okay, so you can go as slow as a walk but expend three times the energy. How is this a good thing?
 

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I have to say, it's very impressive to see in person. The one I saw at the county fair I had Solon there. The horse was about 6 feet from Solon doing it's little pitter/patter thing and Solon could not stop staring. I don't know what he thought was going on with that horse!

I don't know if they get so conditioned to it that it eventually doesn't bother their legs anymore, but somehow that has got to eventually wear out joints a lot faster.
 

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That looks so tiring. I've seen it before on an RFDTV show. Odd...very. I'm not a big fan of Paso Fino's either... :?
 

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They remind me of Chihuahuas for some reason. Maybe it's the almost "shaking" look that those small steps look like. How odd. I just can't remember ever seeing anything like this before.
 

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It's sad really - even when I watched the video I wasn't overly impressed, and now that I find out it's really an "artificial" gait that we've just molded out of their ability to do other gaits, I have to shake my head. Does this really look good to some people?
How is this any different from the passage and piaffe in dressage? You wouldn't do those things on the trail either.

The purpose of the fino is to show how collected and controlled the horse can be for a short amount of time.
 
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