Breed Organization The Paso Fino Horse Association PFHA Website: http://www.pfha.org Native Country Spain Other Names N/A Average Height See Breed Description Adult Weight See Breed Description Rider Experience Level Beginner
Breed Description Head: Should be refined and in good proportion to the body of the horse, neither extremely small nor large with
the preferred profile being straight. Eyes are large and well spaced, very expressive and alert, and should not show excessive
white around the edges. Ears are comparatively short, set close, and curved inward at the tips. The lips should be firm and the
nostrils large and dilatable. Jaws are defined but not extreme. The impression should be of a well-shaped, alert, and intelligent
face. Neck: Should be gracefully arched, medium in length and set on at an angle to allow high carriage, breaking at
the poll. Throat latch should be refined and well-defined. Shoulders are sloping into the withers with great depth through the
heart. Chest is moderate in width. Withers: Defined but not pronounced and slope smoothly into the back. The midsection is moderate in length with a
well-sprung rib cage. the topline should be proportionately shorter than the underline. The back should be b and muscled.
The midsection should join the forehand and the hindquarters so as to give the horse a pleasing, proportioned appearance. Hindquarters: The croup is slightly sloping with rounded hips, broad loins, and b hocks. The tail is carried
gracefully when horse is in motion. Legs: Straight with refined bones and broad, well defined tendons and broad, long fore-arms with shorter
cannons. Thigh and gaskins are broad and muscled, but not exaggerated. Standing slightly under in the rear is typical. Pasterns
are sloping and medium in length. Bones are straight, sound and flat, and joints are b and well defined. The hooves
are well rounded, proportionate in size, and do not show excessive heel. Mane, Tail and Forelock: Should be as long, full and luxurious as nature can provide. No artificial additions
or alterations are allowed. A bridle path not exceeding 4" is acceptable. Size: Ranges from 13 to 15.2 hands with 13.3 to 14.2 being the most typical. Weight ranges from 700 to 1100 lbs.
Full size may not be attained until the fifth year. Color: Every equine color can be found, with or without white markings. The disposition of the Paso Fino is marked
by an extremely willing horse that truly seems to enjoy human companionship and strives to please. Spirited and responsive under
tack; sensible and gentle at hand. Movement: The Paso Fino is a four-beat lateral gait, the birthright of every Paso Fino. Newborn foals struggle to
their feet and take their first faltering steps in gait.
The Paso Fino can walk freely, and many of them can perform a collected
canter of a relaxed lope as well. It is essentially a broken pace: it is lateral, not diagonal. The cadence of the 1,2,3,4, beat
is rhythmic with equal time intervals between hoof beat. There is very little up and down movement in either the croup or the
shoulder of the horse. The gait is performed at three speeds with the collection decreasing as speed increases. Paso Fino means
History The Paso Fino has a proud past and is one of the oldest native breeds of horse in the Western Hemisphere. In 1492, Columbus
discovered a continent without horses. On his second voyage from Spain, he brought a select group of mares and stallions from
the provinces of Andalusia and Cordela, and settled them at Santo Domingo. These horses were a mixture of Barb, Andalusian and
Spanish Jennet. The Spanish Jennet not only possessed an extremely comfortable saddle gait, but also was able to pass the gait
on to its offspring. The result of the blending of these horses was horses with an incredibly smooth gait, which would evolve
into the Paso Fino breed.
These horses were the foundation stock for the remount stations of the Conquistadors. As Spanish
settlers came to the New World, they brought more Spanish horses. During the nearly 500 years that Paso Fino Horses have been
selectively bred and perfected in the Western Hemisphere, they have been called upon to perform a diverse role, first in the
conquest of, and then in the exploration and development of the Americas.
There are more than 200,000 Paso Fino horses
throughout Central and South America. CONFEPASO (Confederation of Paso Fino) a confederation of eight countries, Europe, United
States, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Panama and Aruba was formed for the purpose of international
competition. It has held three Mundial (World Cups) since 1993. The first in the Dominican Republic, the second in 1996 in
Puerto Rico and the third Mundial hosted by Cali, Columbia in October of 1997. Plans are underway to host the fourth Mundial
in the United States in 1999.
Behavior The Paso Fino is a versatile horse, able to adapt to a variety of climates and purposes. They are now commonly found throughout
the United States and Canada, and also in Puerto Rico, Columbia, and throughout South America. The Paso Fino demonstrates its
remarkable versatility not just in the show ring, but on competitive trail and endurance rides, in dressage, rodeo, and working