Little Bitty Steps

Global Horse Culture Archive on October 11, 2007, 6:15

The Paso Fino is renowned for its super-collected "paso fino" ("fine stepping gait"), which is a four-beat gait done with little tiny rapid steps. It's only purpose is to show off the talents of the horse. If you were actually going somewhere, you'd want longer strides (they can do that, too). In competition Paso Finos are gaited down a boardwalk in the arena, so you can hear the hoofbeats. They should be rapid and extremely even. This horse has one of the fastest footsteps I've heard. It is a Paso Fino from Colombia.