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Breed Facts

Status:
Threatened

Use:
Gaited Riding

Adult Weight:
700-1000 pounds

Adult Height:
13-15.2 hands

Temperament:
Enjoys human contact, is friendly, spirited, and responsive

Experience Level:
Novice-Intermediate

Notes:
This horse may be small, but it is the Cadillac of riding horses, with a smooth-as-silk gait.

Puerto Rican Paso Fino

Ancestors of the Puerto Rican Paso Fino horse were first brought to the island of Puerto Rico by Columbus, with later introductions by Juan Ponce de León. Several Iberian breeds, including Andalusians, Spanish Barbs and the now extinct Spanish Jennet contributed to the modern Puerto Rican Paso Fino, which was developed through hundreds of years of breeding and selection. The breed is valued for its 4-beat gait in which the hooves strike the ground in a quick 1-2-3-4 movement, resulting in the “fine step.” This smooth lateral gait produces a comfortable ride. The breed is comes in a variety of colors, with and without markings and they range in size from 13-15 hands. “Tiger eye,” an autosomal recessive genetic trait found only in this breed, can produce a yellow, amber or orange colored iris in the eye. Puerto Rican Paso Finos are highly versatile, sure-footed and hardy and can be used in many equestrian disciplines. Fewer than 500 of these horses are registered in the United States and fewer than 2,500 are found globally.  

In 1987 in Columbia, SC, the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino Federation of America, Inc. was incorporated to preserve, protect and promote the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino horse.