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Overall appearance

HEAD - The ears are short, often curved inward at the tip.  Eyes are widely spaced, large, should have a soft expression and not show white at edges.  The profile is straight or slightly convex just above the nostrils, not between the eyes.  The lips should be firm and well formed, and the nostrils should be large and dilatable.

NECK - The neck is medium in length, set on at an angle permitting a rather high carriage but gracefully arched, breaking at the poll. The throat latch is well defined but not excessively narrow.

FOREHAND - Shoulders are sloping with great depth through the heart. Moderate width through the chest.  Withers should be defined, but not pronounced.

BACK - May vary from very short to quite long and still be typical.  The back is strong and muscular,

CROUP - Should be sloping, the rump well rounded.  The tail is set low but carried gracefully when the horse is in acton.

LEGS - The legs are straight, refined in appearance but have strong tendons, well separated from the bone.  Stong without excessive muscling.  Pasterns are sloping and of medium length.  Hoofs are small and do not show excessive heel.

MANE & TAIL - As long and as full as possible.  No artificial additions or alterations are allowed. 

SIZE - 13 to 15.2 hands with 13.3 to 14.2 being the most typical.  Weight from 700 to 1100 lbs.  Full size may not be attained until the fifth year. 

Every equine color can be found, with or without white markings and include pinto patterns.

The overall appearance should be a pleasing and proportioned conformationwith balanced movement.

DISPOSITIION - Gentle at hand, but spirited under saddle.

The Paso Fino gaits

The gait of the Paso Fino is completely natural and generally exhibited from birth. It is an evenly spaced 4-beat lateral gait.  The sequence of footfall is right rear, right fore, left rear, left fore; with the hind foot striking the ground a fraction of a second before the front foot; creating a balanced rhythm, equial in time and impact.  The footfall eliminates the jarring effect and causes the rider practically no up and down movement.  The motion of the horsee is absorbed in the back and loins offering the rider unequaled comfort.

The gait is performed at three speeds, collection decreasing as speed and stride is increased.  In all speeds of the gait there should be no apparent up and down movement of the croup, or rider.

Classic Fino - The show ring gait.  Horses exhibit slow forward speed with rapid footfall and are fully collected producing a steady, unbroken rhythm.

Paso Corto - The more relaxed form of the gait, executed with moderate to mild collection.  Footfall is unhurried with good forward speed and executed with the same smooth, balanced footfall. The corto is the ideal trail and pleasure gait

Paso Largo- the fastest speed of the gait, performedl with mild collection and maximum extension while maintaining the same smooth, natural gait and footfall..  Forward speed and extension vary depending on individual horses and their ability. 

In addition to the natural Paso Fino gait, the  Paso Fino can perform the flat walk, canter or lope and gallop.  Speed and ability to perform these gaits vary from horse to horse.