Adorned with the title “Smoothest Riding Horse in the World,” Paso Fino horses are increasingly gaining the attention of American horse lovers. Full of energy, drive, stamina, yet gentle on the ground, the Paso Fino may very well be America’s best kept secret. Bred for good physical balance, the Paso Fino is quick, sure-footed, and very athletic. The Paso Fino movement is completely unique to the breed and although it may be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before—don’t write this breed off until you have ridden one.
The athleticism and versatility of the Paso Fino is continually being explored by those who dare to put them to the test. Many stories tell of events in which this breed has surpassed others. Paso Fino horses have:
The Paso Fino has a refined head with a straight profile in good proportion and alert, intelligent eyes that do not show excessive white. The neck is strong and supportive with a high carriage that smoothly slopes into the back. Legs are strong and well-defined with shorter cannons and longer forearms. The Paso Fino should be well-proportioned, conveying strength and power without extreme muscling. Hooves are durable and rarely shod. They can be registered in any equine color, with or without white markings. These horses are often defined by their long, flowing mane and tail, and Paso Fino breeders take great care to keep them in naturally perfect condition.
One of the most unique attributes of the Paso Fino breed is its natural gait. Horses can be trained to perform different gaits for show and competition, but the fact that these sought-after gaits are performed naturally and perfectly by the Paso Fino sets it apart. Many people who have a hard time mounting or riding a horse due to age, and those who have had back injuries, knee injuries, or have been told, “You won’t be able to ride again,” find themselves able to ride a Paso Fino when no other horse will do. It’s even been said that the ride is as good as going to the chiropractor!