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The original Spanish Jennet was a type of horse more than arndistinct breed, and became extinct. However there have been effort to recreaterna colored variety of gaited horse that resembles the historical Jennet.rnrn 

rnrnThe Jennet was a smooth-gaited type of horse popular in thernMiddle Ages, known for their presence, style and smooth ride. They were oftenrnridden by European nobility. Some early Jennets sported pinto or leopardrnpatterns.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnMost of the Medieval horses bred during the 1500's in Spainrnand elsewhere were not "breeds" in the modern sense of the word. ThernJennet from Spain became more uniform in type due to a single geographicalrnregion producing them as well as generations of selective breeding during thernMiddle Ages to produce a smooth riding horse that was suitable for the ridingrnstyle a la jineta. It would never have occurred to a Spaniard of the sixteenthrncentury to distinguish "breeds" on the basis of registration papersrnas we do today. In that time in history the breeders and fanciers of thesernparticular horses would have called the horse by the names of the regions orrnfamily that bred them. For Example, Guzman, Asturcon.rnrn 

rnrnAs assorted Iberian horses came to the Americas and thernSpaniards of the New World preserved the riding style as well as the horsesrnthat suited this style, the horses became known simply as the "SpanishrnJennet". Today, some of the descendants of those early Spanish Jennets arernknown as Paso Finos and Peruvian Pasos. This is the horse that is mentioned byrnname as the ancestor of the Paso Fino and Peruvian Paso Horse (The SpanishrnJennet gave its even temperament and smooth ambling gait) breeds as well asrnmany other modern gaited breeds. The Spanish Mustang is another probablerndescendant.rnrn 

rnrnThe Paso Fino and Peruvian Paso have predominantly bred awayrnfrom coat colors that include spotting patterns. The notable exception beingrnthe pinto Paso Fino. However, historians agree that the early Colonial Spanishrnera horses did come in more exotic patterns. rnrn 

rnrnThe Spanish Jennet Horse is a new breed of Jennet type isrnbeing created through the efforts of the Spanish Jennet Horse Society. ThernRegistry requires that horse for the Pintado division be of full Paso Finornheritage and the Atigrado division must be at least of 50% Paso blood.rnrn 
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Outcrosses are allowed in the first generation to obtain thernLP for the Registered Atigrado Spanish Jennet and must result in a minimum ofrn50% purebred Paso Fino or Peruvian Paso horse. Only one outcross is allowed (tornobtain Lp or Appaloosa pattern). All 50% crosses will provide video proof ofrngait before registration of their offspring.rnrn 

rnrnThe Spanish Jennet Horse is a well-proportioned animal ofrnmoderate height and build. Extremes in muscling or bone are considered faults.rnThe optimum appearance is that of refinement with a deep chest, well sprungrnribs and a strong, medium length back with broad, well muscled loins.rnrn 

rnrnThe Paso gait of the Spanish Jennet Horse (like that of allrnPaso horses) is completely natural and frequently exhibited at birth. Gait mayrnbe refined through training, but no artificial training equipment or specialrnshoeing is used.rnrn 

rnrnIt is a four-beat, lateral gait with each foot contactingrnthe ground independently in a regular sequence at precise intervals creating arnrapid, unbroken rhythm. The musical cadence produces the sound:rntaca-taca-taca-taca. Executed perfectly, the continuous rhythm is even in bothrncadence and impact. Footfall is in the same sequence as a natural equine walk:rnleft rear, left fore, right rear, right fore. Propulsion is from thernhindquarters and the horse's movement is absorbed in its back and loins,rnresulting in unequaled smoothness and comfort for the rider.rnrn 

rnrnThe Corto or Llano is a relaxed, ground covering gait whichrnis ideal for pleasure, and trail riding. About the speed of a jog trot, rack orrnrunning walk. Most SJ horses prefer this gait to the walk.rnrn 


rnrnThe Largo is the speed form of the gait, with speedsrnequivalent to that of a canter or in some cases a gallop. Flat walk orrnCollected walk like all equines.rnrn 

rnrnIn all speeds of the gait, the rider should appear virtuallyrnmotionless in the saddle, and there should be no perceptible up and down motionrnof the horse's croup. The Spanish Jennet can also perform the canter andrngallop.rnrn 

rnrnThe breed comes in every equine coat color within the horsernworld, except gray. 

rnrnThe Spanish Jennet Horse is a naturally agile and athleticrnhorse, capable of many disciplines. They have a natural cow sense, inheritedrnfrom the use of the ancestors of the breed on cattle haciendas and ranches forrnmany decades.rnrn 

rnrnThe natural tendency for the horse to lighten the forehandrnand engage the hindquarters makes it ideal for versatility and cow penning. Thernsmooth gait makes the Spanish Jennet Horse a great choice for trail riding andrnendurance riding competitions, as well as many other disciplines.

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