Saturday, July 31, 2010

Paso Fino Single Footers Horses near /Cedar Crest

While Chuck and I were camped in Cedar Crest NM, we found this great rib restaurant. While feeding our faces,Chuck overheard the conversation at the next booth..... horse talk. That was when we met Liz. Liz and her husband Leigh, raise Paso Fino Single Footer Horses.

We had heard of the Paso Fino breed, but the term single footers... well we didn't have a clue. These are the most magnificent horses! What makes a Single Footer unique is that when they reach their fast lope they are soooo smooth, the rider never bounces and they have only ONE foot hitting the ground at a time! They are amazing to watch moving! That is why I included this link so you can watch several single footers as they canter gracefully high stepping and seemingly effortlessly! In fact, the horses seem to love doing what they do. Please take a minute or 10 and click on the link below and watch several of these amazing horses! They will take your breath away!

When you finish the video's come see the photographs or Liz and Leigh's horse ranch and see Leigh break a young horse in front of your eyes. No rough breaking, just lots of talking, walking, adding weight and finally adding Liz. No bronco busting like the old western movies.

Leigh works the young horse in the round pen, always talking. always encouraging,

Around and around Leigh works the horse for almost an hour.

Then Leigh added a saddle, and the horse goes around and around again, getting used to the weight.

Now Liz comes in. It's her turn to help Leigh gentle break this horse.

Liz slowly puts her weight on the horse. letting the horse get used to her weight. But her feet are still on the steps.

Now Liz puts all her weight on the horses back while Leigh continues to talk and encourage the horse.

Finally, she mounts the horse and both Leigh and Liz talk to and encourage the horse.  Loving pats and touches are part of this training.

Slowly Leigh leads the horse around the ring with Liz riding.  This was the very first time this horse had carried a rider, no stress, no trauma, no bucking.
Gentle Broke!

In a few more months, this two year old will be trotting like the horses in the video!

This is LadyHawke. She is Liz's favorite! Her mane is the longest I have ever seen! A beautiful horse!

Liz with LadyHawke

 I really loved this horse! Beautiful! Gentle! Felt like an old spirit!

Shame on me, I don't remember the names of the other horses I met! All were beautiful! I'll just let you look and enjoy!

Curious ??

Liz's newest horse! Still unbroke but very gentle and people friendly.

Thank you Liz and Leigh for inviting us out to your ranch and introducing us to your horses and educating us about one footed trotters!

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