The Cuban Paso, or Cuban gaited horse, ranges from small to average size and is commonly used for riding. Its lateral gait is referred to as marcha or andaduras.
The Cuban Paso measures about 13.3 to 15 hands high (53-60 inches, 135-152 centimeters). Its profile is straight and its head is small and refined; its eyes, however, are large and luminous. The Cuban Paso has well-sprung ribs, a brawny chest, and a sloped, broad, and muscular coup. The knees are are noticeably large and strong, while the tendons are clearly-defined. It walks in a smooth and fluid lateral, four-beat gait. All in all, the Cuban Paso's conformation is very pleasing to the eye.
Personality and Temperament
The Cuban Paso is lively and animated. It is full of energy and vigor. Furthermore, it responds well to its rider’s commands.
History and Background
It wasn't until Christopher Columbus' second voyage to Cuba that horses arrived to the island. These horses eventually became the main stock from which all known Cuban breeds have descended.
In the case of the Cuban Paso, however, the Spanish influence is greater. When the Spanish Conquistadors came to
The horses, left to fend for themselves, adapted to their environment. These Spanish horses evolved into a distinct breed and learned to flourish in the Cuban climate and terrain. The result of natural selection within the Spanish horse stock is now known as the Cuban Paso. Although it is hardier than its ancestors and locally acclimated, it is obvious that the Cuban Paso is a descendant of the Jennet. Evolution did not eliminate the distinct characteristic for which the Jennet breed is famous -- the marcha or lateral gait.
The Spanish Conquest was not limited to
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