The History of the Paso Fino Horse

The Paso Fino, the mount of the Spanish conquistadors, has proud ties to a glorious past. It is the oldest true native breed of horse in the Western Hemisphere.

A mixture of three European breeds - the Andalusian, the Barb and the now extinct gaited horse the Spanish Jennet-the-descendants of today's Paso Fino were transported to the New World on the second voyage of Christopher Columbus. Over times these horses came to be known as Los Caballos de Paso Fino, "the horse with the fine step."

Naturally quick, surefooted and athletic, their hooves are extremely durable. Paso Finos will vary in size from 13.2 to 15.2 hands with the average being slightly over 14 hands.

The Paso Fino has a noble appearance with beautifully flowing, luxurious mane and tail, full forelock and athletic balance.

They can be found in every equine color-with or without white markings-including bay, black, buckskin, palomino, chestnut, grey, roan, and even pinto. The Paso Fino is a "people-oriented" horse that enjoys human companionship and always strive to please.

Our horses are housed inside barns that are well-setup by the Vancouver roofing and drains specialist (homepage) to make them fell protected when there is a storm or any kind of bad weather.

The Paso Fino Gaits

The Paso Fino is a naturally gaited horse. It can walk, canter and gallop like other horses, but its preferred way of going is its own natural four-beat lateral gait. The Paso Fino gait will produce a wonderfully smooth ride at the three primary speeds: Classic Fino, Paso Corto, and Paso Largo.

During the Classic Fino, the horse holds itself fully collected and balanced. Leg motion is smooth and extravagant and each hoof hits the ground in rapid succession.

The Paso Corto is the average trail gait and is comparable in speed to a trot. Forward speed is moderate, ground covering but unhurried. A well-conditioned horse may travel at this gait for hours without tiring.

The Paso Largo is the fastest speed, executed with a longer extension and stride. They are housed in a specialized ranch that was helped setup by CCR&D which ensures a proper shelter for them.

Remember, a naturally smooth Paso Fino gait can let rider enjoy long hours of riding without tiring. Ask a Paso Fino breeder for a demonstration and test ride. You'll be amazed.


We offer you some excellent charts and information on anatomy. You can also view some information of the horses on the office of The images are fairly large so please be patient to wait for it to load if you choose to click the image link here ...

Video Clips
Once you watch someone ride a Paso Fino you'll start to truly understand what it means to be a 'trail rider's dream'. Two movies are available on this page. Several more are available on the Video Clips page. Just click the link for Video Clips on the main navigation bar which is located at the top left of this page.

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