The Paso Fino has a proud past and is
one of the oldest native breeds of horse in the Western Hemisphere.
In 1492, Columbus discovered a continent without horses. On his
second voyage from Spain, he brought a select group of mares and
stallions from the provinces of Andalusia and Cordela, and settled
them at Santo Domingo. These horses were a mixture of Barb,
Andalusian and Spanish Jennet. The Spanish Jennet not only possessed
an extremely comfortable saddle gait, but also was able to pass the
gait on to its offspring. The result of the blending of these horses
was horses with an incredibly smooth gait, which would evolve into
the Paso Fino breed.