Let's talk about forward and light for a minute. I rode a horse today (and gosh she was pretty) who I was told was forward. And yes, probably compared to what she used to be, she is. She will be a nice dressage horse and perhaps even my nice dressage horse, but more on that later.
What I am used to, however, is riding a rocket. When I get on these horses that require a squeeze, a kick or even a spur to move more forward or to the next level I think-is this really forward? If you haven't had the chance to ride a forward Paso Fino, I beg of you, find a local farm and feel what forward is all about.
These horses are light, sensitive and very very forward. Gait requires impulsion, although not mandatory for all gaited horses, it is a highly common theme. I realize that it looks strange, but if one is in your midst, ask for a ride because it is a ride you won't forget. Oh yes, don't squeeze, just think Go.