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rnrnPaso Fino means 'finernstep'. Paso Fino horses are a naturally gaited light horse breed datingrnback to horses imported to the Caribbean from Spain. Paso Fino horses arernprized for their smooth, natural, four-beat, lateral ambling gait; they arernused in many disciplines, but are especially popular for trail riding.

rnrnIn the United States two main groups of horses are popularlyrncalled "Paso Fin" One, also known as the Pure Puerto Rican PasornFino (PPR), originated in Puerto Rico. The other, often called the ColombianrnPaso Fino or Colombian Criollo Horse (CCC), developed in Colombia.

rnrnrnPaso Fino horses are a blend of Barb, Spanish Jennet, andrnAndalusian horses. They were bred by Spanish land owners in Puerto Rico andrnColombia to be used in the plantations because of their endurance andrncomfortable ride. While from similar Spanish ancestors, the two groupsrndeveloped independently of one another in their home nations.

rnrnPuerto Rican Paso Finos were developed over a 500-yearrncolonial period. Island geography and the desire for hardy, sure-footed,rncomfortable horses led to the independent development of the breed. FrenchmanrnAndres Pedro Ledru, in a notation about horse races held on the 17 of July,rn1797, wrote that the speed of these indigenous horses was admirable, "theyrnhave no trot or gallop, but a gait so precipitated that the eye can't followrnthe movement of the legs."
The rise of the Paso Fino in the United States began in thern1950s and 1960s. The first Paso Finos in the United States were imported byrnmembers of the armed services, who purchased the horses while stationed inrnPuerto Rico.

rnrnrnToday, the Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA), founded inrn1972, oversees and regulates registered Paso Finos in the US. It registers andrnpromotes both Puerto Rican and Colombian horses.

rnrnThese two groups have been frequently crossbred in thernUnited States and Europe. In recent years, a trend has developed favoringrnpreservation breeding to preserve the undiluted bloodlines of each group.rnrn

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