Another episode of our Horse Breeds around the World Series. Today I am talking with Britta Mülle from Germany about her passion for Paso Fino Horses. This horse breed from Latin America is well-known for ist smooth gaits, elegant looks and gentle but spirited character. Popular in the show ring but also a great, sure-footed horse for the trail or for Endurance, the Paso Fino has found many friends and has a firm presence in the USA besides getting more numerous in Europe as well. So, listen to today’s episode to learn more about this very special Latino!
Horse Breeds Around the World
Different breeds and horse cultures
Today there are around 400 horse breeds in the world. Some are extremely popular such as Frisians, Thoroughbred, Arabians or Quarter Horses, whereas others are little known, such as the Caspian Pony, Noitgedachter or Marwari. Meanwhile many breeds are restricted to their home countries and some are threatened or nearly extinct. In our Horse Breeds Around the World Series we want to introduce some of the lesser known breeds to you and talk about what role they play in their home country and above all, why they should not be forgotten.
The Paso Fino is a horse breed from Latin America and its history dates back straight to the 15th century when Christopher Columbus and other Spanish Conquerers brought horses to the New World. These horses were Andalusians, Barb horses and the now extinct Spanish Jennet and they produced horse breeds such as the Paso Fino, whose name literally means fine gait or fine step. The Paso Fino was bred by ranchers in Colombia, Puerto Rico and other countries in the Caribbean, who needed a not too big horse with great stamina, smooth movements and lots of elegance, so they could ride over their plantations all day in style.
After the Second World War, American soldiers arrived in the Caribbean and discovered the breed. They brought them over the USA and started to breed and show them. Over the years, the breed’s popularity, elegance and smoothness, has brought them to Europe where they found many new friends.
The most special feature of the Paso Fino are his gaits. The Paso Fino has a four-beat gait which is very smooth and does not jolt the rider at all. The gait comes naturally and even foals exhibit it while running with their mothers on the pasture.
The gaits are distinguished by speed, into the Paso Corto and the Paso Largo (short pace and large pace). Some Paso Finos also exhibit the special Classic Fino gait, which is basically the same four-beat gait shown at high speed with a lot of collection and very little forward movement. It sounds and looks almost as if the horse is dancing.
Your Guest today:
Britta Mülle (Germany)
What started as a passion for gaited horses, brought Britta in contact with the Paso Fino in the early years of the new millennium. From a horse owner, she became an expert on this breed and imported several horses from the USA to start her own stud farm in Germany. Today she rides, breeds and shows Paso Fino Horses in Germany and Europe besides being on the board of the Paso Fino Horse Association Europe.
Don’t forget to check out the resources section in this article!
- What kind of horse is the Paso Fino and where does it come from
- The gaits of the Paso Fino
- Different types and lines of the Paso Fino
- What Paso Fino horses can do
Thank you for tuning in and happy trails!
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- Paso Fino Horse Association
- Paso Fino Horse Association Europe
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- Article about Riding Paso Fino Horses in Columbia
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