Atigrado Acres is breeding for an animal that
first and foremost GAITS. The unique four beat gait of the Paso Fino is
what sets them apart from other equines and it is what they inherited from
the Spanish Jennet that made them extremely special, if they don't gait
they aren't special anymore! With that in the foreground of breeding parameters,
Atigrado Acres then breeds for:
Conformation for Soundness
Not necessarily with any one characteristic taking
precedence in importance, but seeking to combine all in one horse! The
process of breeding the "perfect" Spanish Jennet or Walkaloosa Horse will
never end. However Atigrado Acres has been breeding gaited horses for over
30 years and the offspring we produce are beginning to fit the ideal very
Horses can be bred to ensure that the offspring
will gait. Careful selection of matings will produce horses that exhibit
gait consistently. Sloppy and poorly gaited animals have no place in a
breeding program. Our foals will gait as a matter of course. By selective
breeding, we strive to ensure that this will always be the case!
It doesn't cost anything more in time or money
to maintain an intelligent horse. So why deal with a dumb one? An intelligent
horse can learn more rapidly and is a joy to be around. So Atigrado Acres
feels that it is an important characteristic to strive to produce!
Conformation for Soundness
Form to function, how many times have you heard
that? A horse doesn't have to have show ring Bella Forma conformation to
be a quality horse, but some conformation faults will prohibit soundness
or function in a horse. Therefore Atigrado Acres breeds for conformation
as it applies to ridability.
Brios is the heart and fire that are so much
a joy in the Paso Fino breed. A Paso Fino with no Brios is like food without
and salt or any other form of spices. We have grown to love this in our
Paso Fino and strive to keep it in our Spanish Jennet – Walkaloosa Horses.
Not everyone enjoys spicy food, but few can enjoy
a BLAND diet! So just like a good chef, a good breeder strives to produce
Spanish Jennet – Walkaloosa horses that can suit any pallet. We have the
"hot tamales" and the "mild" versions!
Paso Fino horses are not large horses. But that
doesn't mean that the Spanish Jennets and Walkaloosa breeds can not be
bred to increase the size and still maintain the other qualities so unique
to the Paso Fino breed. In the United States everything has to be bigger
and better! Many Americans wish to be mounted on larger horses than the
sizes most commonly found in the Paso Fino. With this in mind, Atigrado
Acres has tried to breed for a larger horse, when the opportunity presented
A horse needs to be as much a pleasure to handle
as it is ride. Atigrado Acres breeds for a "user friendly" horse! Atigrado
Acres horses are people oriented and enjoyable to be around. Imprinting
at the time of birth helps to ensure the individual will be acclimatized
to human handling. Horses of poor temperament are excluded from the breeding
Bringing the appaloosa pattern back into the
mix to reestablish the Spanish Jennet is a long process that must be handled
carefully. You can read more about our efforts here.
has horses from inutero to aged available for buyers with discriminating
taste, please contact us to find the right horse for you!