The Paso Fino Horse

The Paso Fino … A Natural Choice

The Paso Fino Horse – a distinctive breed that has its own style accompanied by classic beauty. Today, many people in America think of the Paso Fino horse as one of the most exciting and pleasurable breeds. The Paso Fino horse is characterized by its distinguished four-beat natural gait, graceful carriage, wonderfully smooth ride, and its beautiful tail and flowing mane.

The Paso Fino is a horse for all seasons, a horse for all climates, and a horse for many diverse purposes. From the Florida Keys to Alaska – from southern California to eastern Canada, the Paso Fino horse demonstrates it’s remarkable versatility – not just in the show ring, but on competitive trail and endurance rides, dressage work, at barrel racing and gymkhana events, and back at the ranch working cattle. And, most important to hundreds of owners, the Paso Fino horse is unsurpassed as a pleasure horse and equine companion.

The Tennuvian Horse

A Tennuvian Horse is the result of crossing a Peruvian Paso and a Tennessee walking horse. A Tennuvian Horse displays a unique gait developed from the breeding of these two naturally gaited horses. This new breed was developed to produce a horse that would be comfortable on a trail/pleasure ride, and perform gracefully in the show ring. Do you want a horse to pull your carriage? Try a Tennuvian. Yes, they drive too.

The Tennuvian has a sweet disposition and a willingness to please. This breed is intelligent and quick to learn. People with back problems will enjoy the smooth motions of the Tennuvian. Especially those of us who were afraid we would never be able to ride again.

These magnificent animals have the style and grace of both, the Peruvian Paso and the Tennessee Walking horse. The two breeds complement one another for strength and endurance to make the perfect all around horse.

Taking Care Of Older Horses

We have all met horses over the age of 23 that act like they are still 7 years old.  The fact that a horse is 23 or 24 years old shouldn’t mean automatic retirement.  Age is only a number and other criteria should be evaluated before making a decision to put him/her “out to pasture”.  Listed below are a few problems our older horses encounter and how to manage them.

Weight Loss
A good deworming schedule is a must with the older horse.  A physical exam should eliminate any liver or kidney failure, tumors, and malabsorption.  Does your older horse have adequate shelter to help him keep warm during inclement weather?
Older horses are requiring a higher quality and a higher amount of proteins. They also will require an easily digestible energy source that will not be overloading their hindgut. It should contain a slightly higher level of specific minerals and vitamins and not so much starch.

What Horse Owners Must Pay Attention To

Horses who share a sweet tooth with their riders or trainers may have a problem, especially if they have a weakness for candies like M&Ms. Theobromine and caffeine (both found in chocolate) were detected in urine samples collected from research horses given 20 peanut M&M chocolates daily for eight days. These studies were conducted because a trainer claimed this must have been the source of the caffeine in his horse’s sample.

Horse owners view with some humor their animals strange eating habits and take delight in a horse that will eat candy from their hand or drink from their soft drink can, but are dismayed later when the horse is tested only to find their innocent act resulted in positive drug test due to some substance present in the snack or drink.

It is now known that feeding your horse chocolate can cause him to register positive for the presence of caffeine. Chocolate also contains theobromine, which is a stimulant that will show positive in a drug test. Aside from a positive drug test, these may affect the horse himself, in enough quantity.

Traditional Chinese Medicine – Horse Characteristics

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are five-elements and characteristics your horse may possess.

Water Horse
A balanced “Water” horse will exhibit the physical qualities of a strong, dense and large-boned body. Balanced Water horses have a beautiful shiny and healthy coat, mane and tail. The Water horse is solitary by nature and fearful at times. This horse likes to evaluate situations. He may display nervousness under pressure and appear hyper-vigilant. In the wild, this horse would be seen as a survivor, self-sufficient and resilient.

Difference Between A Peruvian Horses And A Paso Fino

Breeds develop through a process of selecting crosses of individuals with similar qualities that will produce offspring that are highly likely to share those same qualities.

Both Peruvian Horses and Paso Finos are Spanish bred, gaited horses that are shorter than most North American horses.  Both breeds are proud and spirited and travel with a noble headset.   However, Peruvian Horses were developed as a working breed for the large haciendas, primarily in the southern coastal plains of Peru.

What’s so typical for Peruvian Horses?


The Peruvian Horse descended from horses that were taken to the Americas by Spanish Conquistadors. Peruvian Horses are born with a natural. smooth way of going that was stamped into their genes and heritage by centuries of highly selective breeding.

Peruvians are shown barefoot – the gait cannot be influenced by weighted or other special shoes. This breed was developed by the Peruvian people as a working horse.
Much of Peru is desert, and therefore the haciendas were large. The Peruvian Horse was ridden mostly by the owners and overseers, and these people wanted a small, hardy horse with a smooth gait that would be comfortable to ride and stand up to the rigors for long distances and be easy to mount and dismount.

Celestina Ranch – Peruvian Horses

The Peruvian Horse is born with a smooth, natural way of going stamped into their genetic heritage by hundreds of years of selective breeding. Peruvians are shown barefoot – the gait cannot be influenced by weighted or other special shoes.

The smooth gait and tractable temperament make Peruvian Horses an ideal choice for the rider who wants to avoid the discomfort of a trot. The quieter horses are ideal for the adult novice, while the fiery individuals are a thrill for even the most experienced rider. We look forward to working with you.
When you ask what makes a Peruvian Horse different from many other breeds, the concept of “brio” is likely to be one of the first things that come up.  Wikipedia defines brio as “quality of being spirited, active, or alive and vigorous” or another word for “the force of life”.

Quickstad Quarter Horses

Founded in 1974, Quickstad Quarter Horses was originally located near Hettinger, North Dakota. The foundation of their broodmare band was carefully selected for foundation breeding, speed, and conformation. The original mares were daughters of Jackstraw Jr. (TB), Steelmark (TB) by Depth Charge, Bay Leo by Leo, Top Show by Top Deck (TB), Magnolia Bars by Three Bars and a race winning granddaughter of Triple Chick.

Within six years these original mares had produced state and regional halter class winners and the North Dakota State Champion HS heeling horse who went on to compete successfully at the National HS finals rodeo under Danny Lambourn’s guidance.
In 1981 a job transfer for Bob brought the Quickstads to their current location near Sturgis, South Dakota. The historic Bismarck to Deadwood Stage route borders their ranch on the north. And the original wagon wheel ruts can still be seen just west of the ranch house.

Horseback riding in Arizona and Utah

This vast, sparsely populated section of Arizona and Utah is ideally suited for horseback riding vacations. The landscape in this part of the Southwest has a haunting, nostalgic quality and at times the feeling of déjà vu can be almost overpowering. Film directors and artists have long recognized that the landscape here is some of the most dramatically beautiful in the world.

Spectacular, red-walled mesas tower abruptly a thousand feet above the surrounding plain, rivers have carved out immense, multi-colored canyons, outcroppings of rock have formed weird shapes and the unusual form of the tall saguaro cactus dots the desert. Equestrian holidays constantly provide magnificent and ever-changing views which help make the experience unforgettable.