North Atlantic Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino Organization

What is a Paso Fino?

 

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What is a Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino?

What is so special about the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino's gait?

What are the gaits of the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino?

What does isochronal mean?

How long can the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino maintain it's gait?

Aren't Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino's just show horses?

How do you train a Paso Fino to gait?

Where can I get one?

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What is a Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino?

The name "Paso Fino" was coined in Puerto Rico, the country of origin of the Fine Step (Paso Fino).  Thus the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino is name for it's unique and comfortable gait that is a natural result of it's genetic heritage. 

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What is so special about the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino's gait?
Everything!!! The Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino is treasured for it's soft, delicate, 4-beat natural isochronal gait. The breed IS the gait.

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What are the gaits of the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino?

The Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino performs the fino gait at any speed. The 4-beat isochronal gait ensures the ultimate smoothness for the rider at any speed. The range of gait will vary with every horse, given their confirmation and innate ability. Some horses have more range than others. Some horses are naturally more collected and they can execute their gait with very minimal forward movement. These are our prized show horses! Other horses may have a more natural tendency to have a more extended step. These horses can keep up with the best! Some horses can maintain gait at up to 35 mph.!! Some horses can just do it all! Click here to read more about this special gait

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What does isochronal mean?

Isochronal means equal time. Each of the PR Paso Fino's feet is set down at equal time intervals. Thus, it is neither lateral (pace) nor diagonal (trot). Isochronal yeilds the smoothest gait due to the equal time spent on the lateral as well as the diagonal. There are other 4-beat gaits (trocha, fox trot, and etc.) but the roughness transmitted to the rider as the gait moves away from the ideal paso fino gait. In addition the PR Paso Fino always has 2 or 3 feet on the ground when in motion. This not only cushions the ride, but it also makes it simple for the PR Paso Fino to remain in it's isochronal even around tight turns and over the full range of speeds. The gait is natural. It cannot be taught. It is the result of the unique conformation of the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino.

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How long can they maintain their gait?

Indefinitely! The isochronal gait is natural and easy for the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino Horse. It can maintain a corto for hours at a time, making them an ideal endurance horse.

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Aren't Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino's just show horses?

No! Don't let their relatively small size (13.2-15.2 HH) fool you. These horse are the descendents of the horses that were brought to the America's by the Conquistadors back in the 1500's. From those extraordinary hardy horses the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino strength, stamina, fine legs with good bone, and a willing and sensible temperament. A great horse as well as a comfortable ride!

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How do you train a Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino to gait?

You don't! The Paso Fino's gait is natural. Foals are often seen performing a soft corto next to their mothers.

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Where can I get one?

The Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino's are relatively rare. However you can find a few breeders across the US and PR. Just remember that you want the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino Horse! Check out our list of farms!

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Notable Quote: 

 "Paso fino" horses rest their hooves on the ground with gentleness and usually don't raise their hooves too high. As a consequence this gait, executed only by our horses is called the "Paso Fino" gait, because of their easy, gentle, proud, and rhythmical gait capable of carrying a rider with a glass full of water without spilling it." Dr. Carlos Gaztambide Arrillaga in "Breeding Better Paso Fino Horses"

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On a more somber note, we are warning everyone about the possible extinction of this beautiful breed of horses. The cause of extinction is from the cross-breeding of the Paso Fino Horses. We need to protect the precious genetic heritage of these fine horses as it may not be possible to re-create them should the breed become extinct. The North Atlantic Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino Organization was founded to promote the breed and increase the public awareness in order to protect this valuable breed. If you would like to receive information concerning this breed feel free to email us.

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