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The head of the Paso Fino should be refined and in good proportion to the body of the horse, neither extremely small nor large with the preferred profile being straight. Eyes are large and well spaced, very expressive and alert, and should not show excessive white around the edges. Ears are comparatively short, set close, and curved inward at the tips. The lips should be firm and the nostrils large and dilatable. Jaws are defined but not extreme. The impression should be of a well-shaped, alert, and intelligent face.

The neck should be gracefully arched, medium in length and set on at an angle to allow high carriage, breaking at the poll. Throat latch should be refined and well-defined. Shoulders are sloping into the withers with great depth through the heart. Chest is moderate in width.

The withers are defined but not pronounced and slope smoothly into the back. The midsection is moderate in length with a well-sprung rib cage. the topline should be proportionately shorter than the underline. The back should be strong and muscled. The midsection should join the forehand and the hindquarters so as to give the horse a pleasing, proportioned appearance.

Regarding the hindquarters, the croup is slightly sloping with rounded hips, broad loins, and strong hocks. The tail is carried gracefully when horse is in motion.

The legs are straight with refined bones and strong, well defined tendons and broad, long fore-arms with shorter cannons. Thigh and gaskins are strong and muscled, but not exaggerated. Standing slightly under in the rear is typical. Pasterns are sloping and medium in length. Bones are straight, sound and flat, and joints are strong and well defined. The hooves are well rounded, proportionate in size, and do not show excessive heel.

Mane, tail and forelock should be as long, full and luxurious as nature can provide. No artificial additions or alterations are allowed. A bridle path not exceeding 4" is acceptable.

Size ranges from 13 to 15.2 hands with 13.3 to 14.2 being the most typical. Weight ranges from 700 to 1100 lbs. Full size may not be attained until the fifth year.

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