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    El Paso Fino is in danger of extinction. If you have a horse farm near your home, think about buying one of these Pure Breed Puerto Rican Horses.

    http://www.purepuertoricanpasofino.org/what.htm

    A Brief History of the Aristocrat of the Paso Fino Horse

    In 1493, Columbus, on his second voyage to the new world, introduced the ancestors of the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Finos. During this and subsequent trips by Columbus and other conquistadors, Andalusians, Barbs and Spanish Jennets were brought into what is now Puerto Rico. the Dominican Republic, and other areas of the Caribbean, The primary component, which contributed to the uniquely smooth gait, was the Spanish jennet - Now extinct.

    The descendants of the Jennet became particularly prized for their smooth ride. As colonization spread, demand grew for these smooth riding horses on haciendas and plantations. These horses provided both a refined mount for the gentry as well as a tireless work horse for the managers and owners of vast sugarcane plantations.

    The Spanish Jennet consistently passed on their smooth gait to their offspring - even when blended with Barbs and Andalusians. The selectively bred offspring became the foundation stock for the conquistadors' remount stations and eventualy what was to become known as "Los Caballos de Paso Fino" The horses with the fine gait of Paso Finos.

    Over the last 500 years many of the specific details of the Paso Fino history have been lost, but the fact that the smooth gait remains, especially in the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino horses, is a great testimony to the breeders who had the foresight to preserve it.

    The Puerto Ricans have generally prized the presence of gait and smoothness as primary considerations for choosing their breeding stock. Hence, the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Finos are consistent in terms of passing on gait.

    While owners of many other paso fino horses have to hire trainers to train the gait into their horses, it is unknown among Puerto Rican Paso Fino owners. Pure Puerto Rican Paso Finos gait naturally, without special training or appliances!

    With fewer then 500 Pure Puerto Rican Paso Finos registered with the Federation and only a relatively few breeders in the U.S. and Puerto Rico who have not yet diluted their bloodstock with horses of outside origin, the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Finos are very rate and valuable horses.

    If you decide to seriously consider one or more of the scarce jewels for yourself, while it may not be easy to find stock available, we believe your search will be more than amply rewarded by these horses of great temperament as as well as a smooth gait.

    This article has originally been published in PPRPFFA.

    http://purepuertoricanpasofino.org/what.htm

    The Gift Shop! http://purepuertoricanpasofino.org/Paso_Itemsx.htm
    If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
    Thomas Szasz

  • #2
    Great post!

    Thanks for the valuable info about Paso Finos.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JoseNestor
      Great post!

      Thanks for the valuable info about Paso Finos.
      Thank you for responding! I was surprised the rest of the Ricans here didn't say a thing. These horses start at $2000.00. Not a bad idea to own one if there's a farm near your area. I'm getting one!
      If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
      Thomas Szasz

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      • #4
        I, unfortunately, live in a city and would not be able to spend the amount of time and money to take good care of such an animal.

        I was born and raised in PR and know Paso Finos very well and what they represent. Perhaps many here are much less familiar with the connection between the horses and Puerto Rico. Do not feel discourage about not receiving replies. The important thing is that you made the information available.

        I do know somebody who might be interested and I will forward the info to him.

        Thanks,

        Josť

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        • #5
          I ordered the license plate from the PA site. There are two in the gift shop section and I ordered the one that says "Pure Puerto Rican" "Paso Finos". I asked the lady to make some t-shirts with the License plate logo. She's thinking about it. Thanks for passing the info on.
          If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
          Thomas Szasz

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JaneMas
            Originally posted by JoseNestor
            Great post!

            Thanks for the valuable info about Paso Finos.
            Thank you for responding! I was surprised the rest of the Ricans here didn't say a thing. These horses start at $2000.00. Not a bad idea to own one if there's a farm near your area. I'm getting one!
            Jane, there is a paso fino breeder in my state. But I can't own one...because the upkeep is very expensive. And I live in the city. But I went to a paso fino competition last year in the fairgrounds...and a Puerto Rican guy from St. Louis Missouri won with his paso fino...a gorgeous horse if ever I have seen one. I can't bring Borges along...he gets excited and barks at them wildly...and I am afraid they will kick him and or hurt him if he chases them. He loves to run with the deer and the horses...lol.

            HL rode some horses on a coconut farm in Isla de las Piedras off the coast of Mazatlan....he enjoyed it...it sure is fun. But the Mexican horses don't have that incredible beauty the paso fino horses have...

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            • #7
              What state is that Suki? Your home?
              If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
              Thomas Szasz

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