About the Farm
About Paso Finos
Horses for Sale
Paso Fino- The horse with the fine step
Let me take you travelling
through time . We will travel to Spain in 1493. Christopher Columbus is
just about to leave the country for his second journey to the New World,
he takes with him some of the finest horses of his time: The elegant
Andalusian, the hardy Barb and the comfortable Jenett.
Reaching the New World
Columbus and his men are faced by many new challenges, the land they
have to explore and to colonize is of immense proportions.
Years later huge farms are
founded, the so called Haciendas, and large herds of cattle are the
wealth of the new landowners. In Europe carriages are taking over more
and more. However, the routes through South America’s wilderness are
much narrower than the roads of Europe. Spending 12 or more hours a day
in the saddle these New World farmers and landowners cultivate something
that is more and more repressed in Europe – El Caballo con el Paso Fino
(the horse with the fine step)
This fine step is something
many horses could do some hundreds of years ago, but which has got lost
in Europe with the development of the carriage and more and more
military orientated riding, therefore, more and more use of the trot.
The fine step is something we have no word for, it can only be described
as: an isochronal four beat gait, how much nicer is the Spanish version:
So what is a Paso Fino and how
is it that they find more and more friends and enthusiasts (Aficionados,
as the South Americans say) so far away from their native countries of
Columbia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Caribbean?
The Paso Fino is a small horse
with a big personality, measuring between 14 and 15 hands it still has
the size and build of the horses of origin, before mankind started to
breed them bigger. Their special four beat gait, which makes them so
sought-after, has the foot fall of a walk but is much quicker, so it
covers the ground at the speed of a trot or faster and how comfortable
it is! Whilst the horses legs are moving very quickly, the body of the
horse and, therefore, the rider is not moving at all. No bounce as in
trot, just a slight wiggle, which is so comfortable, you can serve
champagne without spilling a drop (or drink it, which is much nicer).
With no bounce and no rising to the trot, this horse has found many
friends amongst the riders that cannot (or do not want) to ride the trot
anymore, having pain in back, hips or knees.
To understand the special
personality of the Paso Fino we must again go back to South America. The
Columbian man is macho – he wants his horse to be a good representative,
stunning in looks and movement and looking as if it is about to explode,
but he is also a father of a family – so this same horse that has to
look as if it might explode every second must carry his wife to church
on Sundays, as well as his children to school on weekdays. So what the
Columbians did is a little bit of squaring the circle. They invented a
horse that looks beautiful, sparkling, full of energy and sensitivity,
but at the same time easy to handle, always light in the riders hand and
willing to work, eager to please. The South Americans call that special
attitude “Brio”, which is often translated with “spirit”. But one can’t
really explain it, one has to experience it. So come for a ride on the
world’s smoothest riding horse. It is possible not only in South
America, but here in England and what an experience it is!