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Sold! Rico Bailando is now six years old. He is 15 hands at the withers and looks even bigger because he has a wonderful long swan neck. He has filled out and has a nice thick body. His gait is medium in length and he is pleasure in type. Because he is a pinto, he is flashy, but with the paka-paka of the gait he will demand attention wherever he goes. I have been asked many times what kind of horse he is because the Pinto Paso Fino is not very common. Most people are surprised.
His personality is not "overbearing". He is a follower. If you want him to go out on his own he will, but his rider needs to be confident to give him direction. He needs his rider to be his leader. Or he needs another horse to be his leader in a group if you put a beginner on him. He does great in front or in the middle or in the back of a group.
He has good manners. He has never been shod, he has always gone bear foot, but he is good for the Farrier for a trim. He meets me at the gate and wants to be the first to put his nose in the halter. In our herd of nine, he is #3 from the top. His only trip to the vet was to be gelded. We worm and vaccinate our own horses.
Rico has been ridden almost exclusively on trail and is wonderful there. He has never refused to go up, down, through water, over logs, through brush, etc. He wears a breast collar and crupper.
He could use some arena work to get fine tuned on que's and build stamina in his gait. I think Rico would make an extraordinary Trail Challenge horse or Mt orienteering mount. He has been ridden in two small parades and has been in one gaited show. He was Ok in both but his lack of arena work really showed. I have worked on his gait this year and it is wonderful.
The best saddle for Rico (in my opinion) is a Kuda Flex-Leather Saddle. I am willing to sell him with a saddle and tack package to be sure he is comfortable for his new owner.
Why am I selling Rico? Not only is it part of our business, but we have 5 too many horses. I am confident that one of the younger geldings will be great for my retirement horse. Rico is the most "ready to go" to a new home.
I am including a saddle, headstall, bit, and Skito Saddle Pad in his price. He works better with the Kuda Leather-Flex Saddle than any other I have ridden him with. I want him to be comfortable with his new rider.