For many years I have heard my fellow Paso Fino friends in Colorado and Arizona talk about horse soccer and the great match this sport was for our breed. Like little bull fighters, our Paso Finos dance around the soccer ball and have fun in their play. It is the perfect sport for novice and experienced riders alike.
I must agree with Glen Davis in Arizona who has created a competitive Soccer league. This game is a blast. Our horses take to it with such enthusiasm. It streghthens the horse and improves the riders skills. It is a team sport filled with laughter and good humor. Nowhere will you have as much fun with your Paso Fino than with a big red and black ball in the middle of their dancing feet.
Glen lists many reasons for participation in the sport of Horse Soccer at his informative site
www.azhorsesoccer.com. Just a few of the important reasons he lists became evident when we started implementing soccer into our program.
1. Our horses started turning fear into CURIOSITY
2. We were DESENSITIZING our horses from scary things but most importantly we were teaching the rider and horse how to react and move through scary things
3. Riders were learning to read the body language of their horses
4. Riders were becoming active riders and developing thier riding skills
5 Fun, confidence building for horse and rider, and building a partnership became evident values of the sport
The sport of Horse Soccer opens up so many doors in our training and riding experience. For the Paso Fino who wants to play cow pony for team penning we have the perfect training program. For the young horse who is learning ground skills before being mounted, we have the perfect challenge. For the novice rider who needs to become more familiar with their balance and cues, we have the perfect solution. Horse soccer ( paso soccer) has a permanant place in our training program.
The Paso Finos took on the Mounted Search and Rescue team at the Sacramento Horse Expo. It was a perfect test of the willingness, flexabilty and easy learning curve for this very fun hearted breed. The audiance was delighted at the agility and flexibility of the breed as we guided the ball back and forth with the Mounted Patrol.