The Paso Fino breed was formed on the island of Puerto Rico in the 16th century, when the Spaniards brought their horses to America. The first to do this in 1509 was Martin de Salazar. Then the horses were brought to Latin America many more times.
Today, it is believed that Paso Fino was bred through a cross between representatives of the breed that has disappeared by now, the Spanish Yennet and Andalusian horses, probably surging Berber blood. Paso Fino inherited his innate amble from the Spanish Yennet.
Selection for obtaining the required traits — comfortable gait and endurance — began already in the middle of the 16th century, and today breed representatives can be found in South, Central, and North America.
Paso Fino is found in Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and many other countries of the Caribbean. In the middle of the XX century. horses of this breed appeared in the USA, where another breeding center was formed.
Paso Fino is a small but strong horse, it easily carries even a rider with a lot of weight. Since Paso Fino is bred in many countries, several types have formed in the breed. A particularly sophisticated type is found in Puerto Rico, it is called Puerto Rican Paso Fino.
When running, the Paso Fino makes vigorous movements with the front of the body, powerful swings with the hind legs with the croup slightly lower.
Paso Fino is characterized by special gaits - types of lateral passages, which are commonly called paso in world horse breeding.
The paso of the court is the usual course, equal in speed to a lynx and very comfortable for long trips in the saddle. Paso Largo - an accelerated course faster than a lynx, but slower than a gallop. Classic Fino is an accelerated assembly with minimal forward movement, similar to a passage or piaffe. In other words, this is a slow step in which the horse's legs move up and down very quickly. Moving with the last gait, the horse holds his tail in a bump.
There is also a canine gait close to a lynx. They are moved by Colombian Paso Fino, which is also called Colombian Creole horses. Performing a trocha during the show leads to disqualification, but horses prone to this gait are best trained in classic fino.
In Colombia, there are also horses for shows, distinguished by ordinary gait, they are called trote at galope (“lynx and gallop”).
Areas of application Paso Fino shows, tourism, amateur riding, driving and western sports.
The horse itself is not very large, its height is about 1.45 m, but you can find individuals up to 1.6 m high. Experts show an obvious version of the horse’s relationship with Lusitanian horses and Andalusians. There are features of allure rocks - half-baked croup, low landing of the tail, elongated body. The color in which horses are most often found is red, bay, black, gray, and less commonly seen are apricot and pseudo isabella. But what kind of horse you can’t meet such a breed is the foreskin suit. The character of Paso Fino is energetic.
This genus is famous for its pallets, which have common international names - paso corto, paso largo, classic fino. In movement, the horse looks very graceful because it holds its head high.