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:

  • The Colombian “Paso Fino”. These horses are just for show and competition.
  • “La Trocha”: It is a very smooth gait for the rider and can achieve good speed. It is the preferred gait for long rides. In the following Youtube video you can watch the technical aspects of this gait and the comfort of the rider on the horse:

  • The trot and the gallop of the Colombian horses are softer than Europeans-USA horses.
  • 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.

    Other videos:

    You can see in this video different types of horses (intercalates between Europeans and Colombians horses). It is possible to see as the rider bangs less in the saddle because the movements of the Colombian creole horse are softer. 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.

    European Horses:

    This video shows a rider making a posting trot to avoid hitting against the saddle and follow the rhythm of the horse. If the rider is going to do that for 3 or 4 hours on a ride, he would end up pretty tired. When you ride a Colombian horse “trochador”, you do have to post. So you will not get tired.