Pure Peurto Rican Paso Fino Organization

North Atlantic Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino Organization Inc.

Introduction


Paso Fino when translated means: 
"Fine Step"

These horses are remarkable from the day they are born. Most foals will gait as soon as they get all of their legs under them – usually within an hour of their birth.

They grow up much the same as children do – the way they are raised! Given love and discipline, with a lot of patience, they are gentle in hand and spirited, but well mannered, under saddle.
My future children need your help! They are capable of doing anything any other horse can do. They do well when it comes to working cattle, gaming, endurance and competition, as well as pleasure trail riding, and are outstanding for older people, and/or physically challenged people who still love to ride. Many of these beautiful animals have an exceptional relationship with human beings, especially children. 

They can be so docile and patient while toddlers crawl up and down their sides, and teach even the most timid of them, how to ride. And instantly become a good ride when an experienced rider mounts.


The PPR Paso Fino is very much like other breeds, when it comes to general care and equine characteristics. The mares’ gestation period is about 11 ˝ months and the foals

Will nurse three months or longer. The foal will weigh between 75 and 100 lbs at birth, and can triple that in three months. 


Most are “easy keepers” but others take a little more to maintain them, and of course, their riding/working activities will also determine their feeding requirements. The PPR Paso Fino is “slow on the front end” of their lifetime – meaning they often take longer to mature than a lot of other breeds, but they more than compensate for it on the other end! With decent care, they are productive and ridable long after other breeds retire, with many of them about thirty years of age, still producing.

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What is the Puerto Rican Paso Fino gait all about?


The Puerto Rican Paso Fino is a naturally gaited horse that executes a rhythmic step with an evenly spaced 1-2-3-4 gait that is equally balanced and square. There should be no croup movement. The horse should track straight and the horse should maintain self-carriage and self-balance. The gait is square and the movement of the legs usually starts with the left rear leg, followed by the left front leg, then the right rear leg and lastly the right front leg. The horse having three hooves on the ground at the same time and one in the air demonstrates this execution of the Fino gait. As the one in the air touches the ground, the cycle starts over again. The horse should travel with power and with fluid movement and it should look effortless. Clarity of gait is paramount. The gait is articulately executed with clear and precise step, yet it is soft and delicate - NEVER POUNDING!

It is important to recognize three main characteristics of the step.

  1. How it takes off - The horse must exhibit self-carriage and self-balance throughout its entire body. The horse must be track true and straight. Rear legs should drive with power and fore legs should lift straight with lightness.
  2. How it travels - The movement of the legs is very predetermined. Generally, the leg action is very low and very controlled. (Usually no more than 4-6 inches off the ground) The legs should continue to travel straight with little or no evidence of "winging" or "paddling."
  3. How the foot lands - The foot is gently placed on the ground, toe first and then gently set flat. This gives the impression that the horse is "tip-toeing." The foot should land as if it were landing on soft rose petals.

It is important to understand these mechanics because it is the entire package that determines the softness of the Fino step. With the softness of the step, the rider feels the ultimate comfort and smoothness.

All Puerto Rican Paso Fino horses are unique in their ability to perform the Fino gait. Each horse will have his or her own unique expression of the Fino gait. The gait is in the genes!

QUICKNESS OF FOOTFALL

Short, rapid footfall does not mean FINO.

To someone new to the world of paso finos, they all look fast! When we take a look at the precision of the gait, we need to realize that quickness of footfall is important, but it does not dominate the criteria of which defines the Fino gait. The precision of the execution of the step may indeed slow down the cadence of the footfall in some horses. When judging the Fino gait, clarity of gait, precision and execution will hold the most weight. If all qualities are equal then the horse with the faster footfall would win.

FORWARD SPEED

The paso fino gait is a package. Every detail that is described above IS the Fino gait. This gait can be performed at any speed.

The Puerto Rican Paso Fino can walk like a normal horse and it can run like the wind. (YES they can canter!)

OVERALL IMPRESSION

The horse should have the "Eye of the Tiger." There is no croup movement or exaggerated forcefulness in any movement. The horse displays Brio - a vigous spirit with a gentle heart. The horse should move with ease and grace, yet powerful and energetic. The horse should move forward eagerly and with delight. The horse should appear willing and happy to perform, not a robotic machine gun.


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