The Paso owes its origins to Barb and Andalusian horses imported to South America by the Spaniards in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Its unusual lateral gait with an outward arcing of the forelegs is thought to be inherited from the Spanish jennet.
It gives a very smooth ride and the Paso can reach speeds of up to 15 mph over rough terrain.
Origin: South America.
Colour: Any – bay and chestnut most common.
Height: 14 – 15.2 hands.
Conformation: intelligent head, short neck, compact body with broad deep chest and strong rounded quarters, short strong limbs and good feet.
Character: intelligence, hardy.
Uses: riding, ranch work, endurance.