Essentially, a Paso Creole is Paso Horse of mixed ancestry. The term "creole" comes from the Spanish language and originally referred to
people of mixed blood, mainly in the Caribbean region.
The ideal Paso Creole can be anywhere between 13.3 and 15.3 hands in height and of distinct Paso (Spanish) type. Ideally, it should be able
to perform a smooth, isochronal Paso gait. However, any saddle gaits such as Trocha (Foxtrot), Sobreandando, Pasitrote or Amble are
permissible. Horses only capable of trot at medium speeds are acceptable but this is not considered ideal. All Paso Creoles are expected to show
a good walk and a correct diagonal canter as well.
Paso Creoles should be compact and harmonious and of Paso/Iberian appearance. They should have a relatively short topline and excellent
coupling. Shoulders should be well laid back and the neck well set on, such that the horse may carry itself proudly and easily. The shape and
size of head is less important than an overall harmonious impression with correct teeth and a free and open junction between head and neck.
The ability to move and to carry itself well is paramount.
Legs should be correct, clean, well defined and substantial. Hooves should be even, of good angles and good quality, ideally hard enough to
perform without shoes. Knee and hock joints should be straight, strong and substantial. Termino is permissible. Stride length can be long or
short and action may be high or low, but it must be even and the action of the hocks should match the knee action. Angulation through both front
and hind legs should be sufficient to allow an easy engagement of hind quarters and freedom of movement in all limbs. Pastern length and angles
should be appropriate for a working horse, meaning neither too upright nor too flexy.
The ideal Paso Creole will show its Paso ancestry clearly. It will be graceful, proud, intelligent and tough of mind and body. It should
possess and display brio and be people oriented. Males are expected to have more crest than females and may be more substantial in build. Mares
should be more feminine, but without sacrificing good bone. All should have the right balance between refinement and noblesse on one hand and a
sound, strong working conformation on the other hand.
The most favoured breeds used to produce Paso Creoles from crossing with pure blood Paso horses are: Andalusian, Standardbred, American
Saddlebred and other Paso breeds. However, Stockhorses, Arabians and others have also successfully been used.
In essence, a Paso Creole is a horse of at least 50% Paso blood or a mix of the different Paso breeds. Specifically, Paso Creoles can be derived