M id America Paso Fino Horse Association


April 20, 2008

In This Edition: President's letter with info on Crow Hassan ride; VP's update on the MN Expo; Member Briefs with MAPFA member's submissions; Ask the Trainer – getting control of your speed demon; Tid Bits


Nancy Drumsta

Well, has spring sprung???? It has been a long hard winter and I think we are all ready to ride. Our first ride is less
than two weeks away. That is really had to believe. Our plan for the first ride of the season is to visit with old friends,
meet new friends, ride our horses and eat of course.

What we have on the agenda thus far for our Crow Hassan weekend is to arrive on Friday and set up camp and ride.
Then we may come back and eat and go out for another ride. Maybe then it will be time to sleep and dream about
riding. On Saturday morning we will get up and clean up after our horses, feed them, and then ride. We will have a
potluck meal after our morning ride and I believe it would then be a good time to ride. We are talking about a poker
ride in the afternoon for anyone interested. After the afternoon ride we will have a fund raiser to earn money to pay
the camping fee for the weekend. The fund raiser may include a silent auction and raffle. If any members have
anything they would like to donate to the cause, please contact myself or Sharon Gallagher.
There will also be some
merchandise available for sale as well. I have not been able to order any new product in quite some time and sizes will
limited. There will more than likely be a Sunday morning ride.  Did I mention there will be a lot of riding?

Because of insurance issues, all riders must belong to Mid America Paso Fino horse Association. Anyone can join the
day of their first ride. Single membership is $20; Family is $30. You will also need to obtain a State Park riding pass
your local DNR ($21.00), and purchase a daily ($5.00) or yearly pass ($30.00) for the Three Rivers Park District.

If you are unable to bring a horse, but just would like to participate in the social aspect of the weekend; PLEASE DO!
If there is anything we can do to aid any members to get there with their horse; please contact Sharon or myself.
group campsite does have a building with a wood burning stove in it; so it would be a great place to just sit and brag
about our horses.

It would be VERY HELPFUL if you could RSVP if you plan to attend. Please just contact myself or Sharon. Our group
does not have a very good history with RSVP's, but I would strongly encourage that you take a moment to do this. It will
allow us to make sure we bring enough dishes, utensils, etc.

We will also need volunteers to help with set up, clean up, the fund raiser, and maybe other things; so let us know if you
could help out.

Here is a summary of information:

Please contact Sharon or I with your RSVP or any questions you may have.

Nancy Drumsta
Phone: 763-479-6958 or 612-708-5400
Sharon Gallagher
Phone: 320-743-2961

 The park is not too far from Rogers Minnesota; if you are not a camper you have the option to come and get hotel
accommodations overnight.

I look forward to seeing you all and being able to finally start enjoying the riding season!

Happy Trails,


Sandy Reding

First off I want to whole heartedly thank Roxie Vogl for all of the time she has spent developing the new MAPFHA web site.  She has endured many struggles from a broken computer to connectivity hardware issues through this process.  MAPFHA.COM is now live and accessible to all.  Please feel free to share our site with interested horse enthusiasts.  You never know when someone will fall in love with a Paso!!  It's not too hard as we can attest.  Again, THANK YOU Roxie for all of your time and efforts!  You are greatly appreciated by the organization.

I hope everyone has been enjoying the early days of spring.  In the Minneapolis area it is  finally  spring and we are crossing our fingers that we have seen the last of spring snow storms. It is time to ride!

I want to encourage all of you who have participated or plan to participate in an event in your  area  to please contact our E-Messenger editor, Roxie  at editormapfhaenews@msn.com , to report on your event. Your fellow MAPFHA members will enjoy hearing about it, and it is a great way for our region to stay connected.
The MN Expo is coming up fast.  Representing our breed in the ring  this year is Helen Frost riding her Paso Fino Stephanie, Tim Brysk on his Paso Fino Jefe, and myself, Sandy Reding, on Odi . These past months have had us busy in preparation for this event from stall reservations, working with our horses, to several costume fittings.  We are ready for show time!
The MN Expo is  being  held this weekend at the Minnesota Fair Grounds on April 25th, 26th, and 27th. We will be showing in the Parade of Breeds, scheduled  to run from noon till 1:00 each day (we will be near the end of the parade) and also in the Breed Demonstration. The Breed Demonstration  runs from 3: 15  to  6 :00  on Friday and Saturday.  W e are scheduled to ride at  5 :44 PM both days . You can also find us in the horse barn, stall numbers 342 to 345, If you still have trouble finding us, check with the barn information window in the horse barn. Be sure to stop in to see us!
This year's Expo includes over 50 breeds, 300 horses, 600 vendor booths , many interesting speakers & exhibitions, and PRCA Rodeo.  Hours are Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 9:30 PM and Sunday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free to ages 5 and under, $8.00  for adults (13-61), and $5.00 for seniors (62+) and youth (6-12).  Parking is free in the Fairground parking lots.  Rodeo tickets are in addition to the Expo admission price and range from $4.00 to $9.00 depending on the seating section.  You can find complete information at the MN Expo's website  at www.mnhorseexpo.org . Don't let the weather deter you from joining us!!! 
We hope to see you at the Expo!

VP and Membership/Expo Chairman


Gregg Gallagher

Gregg Gallagher is a long time member and a past President of MAPFHA. He has grown up and worked with horses, primarily Paso Finos, his entire life.
Gregg is an accomplished horseman and skilled trainer. He currently resides in Clear Lake, MN, and is the owner of Thunder Alley Stables where he
provides training services and operates his own breeding program. Gregg also offers nation wide horse transport. You can contact Gregg at 320-743-3428.
He invites you to submit your questions to “Ask the Trainer” via email to
editorMAPFHAenews@msn.com ~editor~

This E-Messenger edition's question to “Ask the Trainer was submitted by Anonymous.

Dear Gregg,

I am having trouble controlling my horse's speed, especially on the trail. It's a struggle to keep him at a walk, and behind another horse as he seems to be very competitive. Do you have any pointers?


At The Races

Dear ATR,

This is a rather common problem with our breed because of their brio. Although brio is controllable energy, that doesn't mean the control may not need to be developed a bit. Also, I know ATR's horse's bloodline and he does come out of a naturally competitive line, as so many of our Pasos do. Some attention to energy and emotional levels of both horse and rider needs to be given. Generally, it takes a horse and rider about 3 years to fully “gel”; that is to develop a strong bond of trust and the horse's dependency on the rider. Too many times I have seen people give up on a horse when I could see that had they hung in there a little longer, they would have likely been successful with their horse. Therefore, I encourage them to not give up prematurely.

With difficult to control horses, I have observed a merry-go-round of reactions between the human and equine with the equation looking like this: excited horse = excited rider = restraint = discomfort/pain to the horse = excited horse and back to excited rider, and so on. I am sure you know that the key to a quiet horse is a relaxed rider. So, how do we go about getting that quiet horse?

We help it learn how to control its emotions by first controlling our own. A relaxed rider has a better ability to communicate to her horse. Also, constant restraint through the reigns teaches a horse to pull, so avoid teaching this. Other reasons a horse may be difficult to slow down comes from his history. It may have been taught to be overly energetic such as the horse that is pushed too hard for the show ring, pushed too hard before it is ready, or has been handled using too much emotional intimidation that has caused it to be anxious (the relationship is based on fear rather than on trust and respect.)

Horses need to be shown how to manage their own emotions. Consider this example:

If you have ever watched a reigning event you have seen how these horses control their energy. Every task they execute is done with a burst of energy that is then followed by a relaxed state. If they perform a run and slide to a stop, they relax for a moment before executing the next run: run & slide/stop/relax; spin/stop/relax; and so on. You will also see this pattern in a more spontaneous way with professional penning horses where the cow dictates when the horse goes and stops. These horses have learned to control their emotions.

The next question is how do you teach this emotional control to your speed demon?

When I work with a horse that is pulling all the time which translates into wanting to go, I do not want to totally lose control, yet I want to minimize restraint. This is done by bringing the horse down to speed, releasing the pressure and then slowly applying pressure again until the speed comes back down to where you want to be. The key here is to apply the pressure calmly, steadily and quietly. Remember, excited rider equals excited horse. The opportunity is given to her to slow down on her own and rewards her for slowing down with the release of pressure. Your horse will get tired out or bored with the corto or largo and will discover that it is pleasant to relax.

Optimally, riding alone is best in order to create a stronger dependency of your horse on you. If out on the trail and you don't feel safe riding alone due to lack of control, then you are not ready to be out on the trail. If you find yourself in with a group out on the trail and your horse's speed is more than you want it to be and you are struggling, go ahead and move out from the group and work with your horse. Put solving your horse's problem above any feelings of “being courteous” of your fellow riders by not holding back your horse. If the horse is in a state of competitive energy, the horse is only going to keep pushing to “win”.  Addressing the issues as they happen will correct the problem much sooner. If this means riding off alone then so be it. Of course it is best to practice this at home and get a handle on it before going out on the trail. Horses need us to be the best rider we can be and deserve our patience and determination to take all the time needed to work with the horse at home until she is ready to go out on the trail alone and then with other horses.

Once you find that your horse is performing the speed that you want it to perform consistently, it is time to challenge your horse to a state of “excitement” by pushing it to perform at a higher level while you remain in a state of calm, then bring the energy level down to a relaxed state and then back up again - just like the example of the reigning and penning horses discussed earlier. It is very important that you maintain your own calm state and keep restraint to a minimum while practicing this.

Through patient work with your Paso Fino, this is how you will teach your horse to control its emotions (and your own) and get the results that you want.. If any Ask the Trainer readers have questions or need clarifications about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best Regards,





On behalf of all of MAPFHA, we send our heartfelt sympathies out to Sandy Sabin and her family on the loss of her daughter, Kristi Edlund. Kristy had been a great lover of horses, enjoyed showing and had been a MAPFHA member as a teenager. Sandy is a former secretary of MAPFHA, and you may know her sister and aunt of Kristi, Bonnie Adams. This is a difficult time for Sandy and her family. Please know, Sandy, that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

With Sympathies,

Nancy Drumsta

Submitted by Sue Bartels

John Lyons will be in Rochester, MN to hold a 3 day clinic in July. The dates are July 11th, 12th and 13th at the Olmstead County Fair Grounds. Sue Bartels will have her table there for all three days to promote her farm and our Paso Finos.

The audit fee is $35/day with a discount offered if participation is for all 3 days. To bring a horse is $1025.00 and there are about 12 slots available as of this writing.

For more information, click here: John Lyons



Hello Everyone,

Grandma Teddy here from Canada. I was contacted by Sue Leagjeld who suggested that I tell my story for the MAPFHA E-Messenger. So here I am.

This is my story about my dream come true with my Paso Fino dream horse named Bribon. I saved up for 25 years to buy my first Paso Fino. And then I went shopping. I found Bribon at Blue Berry Bay Farm. He was bred there by Sue Leagjeld, who many of you may remember as one of the Founding Mothers of MAPFHA! I imported Bribon to Canada on July 15, 1993 when he was three years old. Pat Parelli said, "not a good combination for a gray haired grandma and a 3yr old colt!   But we have succeeded to overcome any problems and fully enjoy one another.

I have spent many hours with Bribon and have done a lot of ground work using the Pat Parelli methods of Natural Horsemanship. Consequently, I have no fears about taking off all alone to go for a ride. Bribon and I ride alone 90% of the time. He will load into the trailer at liberty from about 15 feet or so back. I just point to the trailer and say "load up" and in he goes. I then haul him down the road to a bush trail, go for a ride, then load up and come home. Helen Frost has ridden him and really brought out his "1-2-3-4" beat!

I have so often heard or read from others, "I am 54 yrs old, am I too old to learn Natural Horsemanship?”, or “I am 63 yrs   am I too old to ride?"    I would like to shout out, "You are never too old! If I can do it you can. Riding keeps me young"   I’ve included a picture of Bribon and me on a water crossing. Bribon used to hate getting his feet wet. He would not want to cross even a little creek and would circle way around and avoid any water in his path. Through the years and gentle persuasion we have learned many things.

Bribon has been the most wonderful partner for me, and although we will probably not get into showing, he is my safe ride on the trail (he has never bucked, never reared, nor ever run away with me). He fills my heart with pride… and I am happy. Folks have so often said to me "Teddy, that Bribon sure does take care of you!"

Yes he does.

My family never worries about me when I say I am going for a ride with Bribon, and they love him for this. I can ride him anywhere with complete trust in him, and he has that trust in me. I ride him in parades. I ride without a bit. His Paso Fino gait keeps me in the saddle.

Two of my great grand daughters, both 3 years old, always have to go see Bribon and give him a treat when they come out.  Emma never goes to bed without taking Bribon's picture with her, and in the morning she carries it out to put it back in its place. After that, she has to go see “my buddy Bribon.” It is just one more special way that Bribon fills my life full to the brim.

I used to have sheep. Back then I used my Border collie to herd those sheep until I got tired of sheep knocking me over, so we switched to herding ducks. Fleece or feather, the dogs don’t seem to care which they work. My daughter and I have given demonstrations at fairs. One time in order to demonstrate the instinct is there early, we put my Dusty, then 4 months old, on a leash and let her go behind the sheep. When I said "down", young Dusty dropped to the ground and the crowd clapped. What fun we had! I think the young children got the biggest kick out of the dogs herding the ducks. Like the time when I was babysitting my daughter's four Border Collies. I put them all inside the duck fence, six dogs altogether, had them lay down and one by one called them up to have a turn… the others stayed put… and I (well, the ducks really) never lost a feather.

What does this have to do with horses? Nothing at all, unless you count the pride in the exceptional animals I have known. I’m just taking an opportunity to reminisce a little and say, “Oh to be young again and re-live some of those days!” But those days are still mine and I’m on to new adventures with another exceptional friend. I ride my beautiful Paso Fino and now live new dreams. I am pretty sure that at 18 years old, Bribon also sees me as his dream-come-true and he wants nothing more than to spend his years with his very own 83 year old Grandma Teddy.

Best Wishes to Everyone,


On the trailParadeFriendly Flexing

Bribon JumpWater Crossing

Submitted by Rosie Schluter

Like many people, I had loved horses since I was a child.  Any horses… any breed… any color.

It wasn’t until I was married with children - and we moved to the country - and my children wanted horses too - that I could realize my goal.  In fact, my son once said, “Other people complain that their children stop them from getting their dreams…but we helped you get yours!”

At that time, the horses we had were regular trotting horses.  I loved them, but my body never got used to riding them comfortably.

Then one day I rode a gaited horse and I was in heaven!

So many people in the Mid America Paso Fino Horse Association back in 1986 helped us out with advice and guidance.  You could probably just take the membership list back then and find that they all knew more than we did but all were willing to help us!

One dream I had was to have a horse like the one Tonto had in the Lone Ranger TV series.  Now the ranger’s white horse, Silver, was magnificent. 

And although I always liked the Lone Ranger, I loved Tonto!  His horse Scout was my dream.

You may know that Tonto's horse was a pinto.  To my delight, Paso Finos not only came in every color it seemed, but also as Pintos.

There weren’t a lot of Pinto-Paso Finos available back in 1990 but their popularity was starting to grow.  We bred our black mare to a black and white pinto stud and got a beautiful solid black filly.  Since I was trying for pinto coloring, I bred back again. 

This time we got a beautiful dark bay and white stud colt who would one day become our foundation sire.  Finding a Spanish name for him was easy.  The word “Scout” can be translated “Explorador”!  And I keep the English translation for his nickname.

We’ve had two black and white colts out of him.  Plus several colored foals for other folks.

Finding out how hard it was for me to sell his babies because I wanted to keep them all… we decided to only breed incoming mares.  And now I'm happy to hear from them about their babies.Over the years we’ve had a variety of solids and pintos in our Paso Family.   

The main thing, of course, is their smooth and comfortable gait.  Like you’re floating on whipping cream!

Temperament is another important point.

Whatever your reason, you can probably find the horse of your dreams in this breed - the Paso Fino.

Regards to All,


Editor's Note: Rosie and Paul's Paso, Explorador, certainly have lots of chrome! Check out their website (link below) to see their beautiful horses and for more information on stud services offered at Spirit Song. Paul and Rosie can be contacted at:

Paul and Rosie Schluter
33411-55th Avenue Way
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
Phone: 507-263-3893
E-mail: spiritsonghorses@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.citlink.net/~spiritsorg/
Rosie is a talented writer and you can enjoy her published articles here:
Rosie's Blog: http://alongthewaybyrosie.blogspot.com
Stud Service Available - Explorador _ Contact RosiePatient PasoBaby Scout


Links to some 2008 Expos, Fairs and other Equine events:











http://www.iowastatefair.org/events/calendar/cinco de mayo

North Dakota


South Dakota



Resource Guide

Here’s a website and resource that came to our attention at the Annual Member’s Meeting:


They publish a printed Equine Resource Guide, also have an electronic newsletter, and are looking for submissions from breeders, trainers, and any one else offering horse related services.

(Editor's note: The deadline for ad submissions was March 15th. My apologies for not getting this information out before that time. Please note the following for next year's publication.)

At no charge you can send to them your:

  • Name of Business

  • Owners' Names

  • Address

  • Phone Numbers (up to 2)

  • Website

  • E-Mail

Extra ads can be bought by contacting:

Cathleen Prudhomme
Equine Resource Guide
Toll Free: 866-71-HORSE (866-714-6773)
Local: 623-551-5778
Cell: 623-229-9001
Toll Free Fax: 800-630-1006

Equine Resource Guide tells us: If anyone wants to list anything more than the above in the book & on the website, such as the name of a stallion, services available, etc. We offer the following to enhance their listing at a low cost (this is how we pay to print the beautiful color books:

$25 - Extra Line (approx. 60 characters)

$15 - Additional Bold Lines of Type (first line is free)

$50 - Boxed Listing for greater visibility in the guide.

Thank you Rosie Schluter for putting together the above information, and thanks to Sandy Reding for bringing the printed 2007 Equine Resource Guide to the Annual Member’s Meeting and bringing it to our attention.

A New Paso Fino Website

The Paso Voice invites us to join – for free! You can check them out at:


Thanks to Lisa McPherson for bringing this to our attention!


Disclaimer:  Tid Bits is being offered here for your information only.  MAPFHA does not endorse nor is affiliated in any way with the Equine Resource Guide or any of the websites and organizations listed above.