Fitting a Paso Fino
Posted 07 July 2008 - 03:24 PM
Posted 08 July 2008 - 11:28 AM
Posted 08 July 2008 - 01:24 PM
I have'nt had any experience with Paso Finos personally but I would be interested in building a tree. I would need some pics and back tracings is all. I have watched them perform at horse fairs and such, and they are truely magnificent little horses. They certainly deserve a good western saddle that fits properly.
Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:16 AM
We are not well enough acquainted with Paso Finos to know about specific conformational changes with age except to say that all horses (and people too, come to think of it) change shape as they mature, and this has to be considered when purchasing a saddle.
If you haven't looked at Dennis Lane's system for communicating back shapes in this thread http://leatherworker...p?showtopic=901 or on his website http://dennislane.com.au I would encourage you to check it out. This would be a handy, repeatable way to compare among the Paso Finos you have access to, and to compare them with other types of horses. It would tell you a lot about what you need to look for in a saddle - comparative width, angle, profile of the bottom of the bar, etc. Or if you wanted to order a custom tree from someone familiar with the system it would be easy to tell them the shape you are trying to fit.
As an aside, Dennis has told me that he had to be convinced to collect information on the breed of horse from people using his system. Correct me if I am wrong, Dennis, but he says that he has found all shapes and sizes within all breeds so he, at this point, doesn't feel that he can use a horse's breed to tell him a whole lot about the shape of the back he is trying to fit. If you do get the system and get readings on a number of horses, it would be very interesting to both send the information to Dennis (he is doing more research with the information people are sending him from their results around the world) and to let those of us on the forum know what you find. All the best in your search.
Posted 10 July 2008 - 10:49 AM
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