DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE NATIVE COLOMBIAN HORSE (creole horse) AND EUROPEAN-NORTH AMERICAN HORSE

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The purpose of this article is to show broadly the difference between the Colombian horse (called “criollo”) and European-North American horse, and the reasons why the Colombian horse is different and softer. While in Europe and North America there are many different breeds of horses, for the purpose of this article will generalize like one race.

The height of a horse is measured as the height at its back (exactly the cross). The Colombian horse is lower (1.4m) and thin. Therefore, the greater height and robustness of European-USA horse makes your movements (gaits) feel stronger for the rider.

Globally, the gaits of the majority of the horses are:

  • Pace
  • Trot
  • Gallop

The Colombian native horses have two additional gaits:

  • “La Trocha”.
  • The Colombian “Paso Fino”.

The "Trocha" gait

“La Trocha”: It is a very smooth gait for the rider and can achieve good speed. It is the preferred gait for long rides.  The spanish word “trocha” is roughly translated to mean “a narrow path through the brush or a trail. 

In the following Youtube video in spanish you can watch some graphs of the movement of the legs  and the comfort of the rider on the horse

The trot and gallop colombian gait

On many creole horses, his trot is softer than the European horse. So, the rider is able to sit the trot confortable with very little jarring and does not need to post.

In the following Youtube video in spanish you can watch some graphs of the movement of the legs  and the comfort of the rider on the horse.

It is important to clarify that the horses shown in these videos are trained for exhibition or competition and they are not for rent. Therefore, tourists who will ride with Ridingcolombia, will ride horses without the same training, or elegance and posture but their gaits will be similar.

There is a very interesting article about the creole horse in English written by Rebeca Vail Anderson. This is the link: The Colombian creole horse

conclusion

Due to the softest movements of the Colombian creole horse, the rider would get tired less during the horse rides with Ridingcolombia that if it was doing them with a horse of European-USA origin.

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