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Information about the Paso Fino
The characteristics of the Paso Fino (meaning "fine step") horse are distinctive. They are a loyal, spirited, and graceful horse. The Paso Fino, known for it's exceptionally smooth and comfortable ride, has a natural four-beat lateral gait. The gait allows the horse to absorb the roughness of the terrain through it's joints and back.
The Paso Fino is a beautiful and powerful horse. Long, full forelocks and manes accentuate the arched sinuous muscular neck and shoulders. The neck should be gracefully arched, and set on an angle to allow for high carriage. The head should be refined and in good proportion to the body. Eyes are large and well spaced, expressive and alert, and should not show excessive white around the edges. Ears are short, set close, and curved inward at the tips. Jaws are defined, but not extreme. Luxurious tails flow from their strong hind quarters to the ground. Paso Fino are naturally surefooted and quick with extremely durable hooves. This horse ranges in size from 13.2 up to 15.2 hands.They are born in a variety of colors including chestnut, bay, black, roan, grey, palomino and roan.
The Paso Fino has three primary speeds of it's natural four-beat gait. Classic Fino is used for show purposes only. The forward speed is no faster than a slow walk. The Paso Corto , though moderate in speed allows the rider to cover a good distance leisurely. Paso Largo , the fastest of the Paso Fino gaits, is performed with a longer stride, and extension. The forward speed is different for each horse since it should attain its top speed synchronized with its own natural tempo and stride.
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