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Name: Edward P.
Status: Educator
Age: 50s
Location: N/A
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Date: September 2002

Since mules and hinnies are generally sterile, my question I how does one explain the paso fino? a mule? is he a jennet?

Dear Ed:

As far as I can determine, a true paso fino is actually a breed of horse. However, it is also used to refer to a gait that is taught to some gaited mules, which, of course, would be actual mules. I am certainly no expert in this area, though, so here are a couple of web sites with some more pertinent information for you:

"The Peruvian Paso Horse versus The Paso Fino Horse: A Brief Comparison" -

"American Gaited Mule Association" -

Hope that this is @ least of some help,

Jeff Buzby, Ph.D.
Children's Hospital of Orange County

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