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About the Peruvian Paso Horse

The smoothest riding horse in the world! 

Horse for everyone

Webster’s dictionary defines “luxury” as, “the use and enjoyment of the best, most precious things that offer the most physical comfort and satisfaction.” Luxury may be the single best word in the English language to describe the Peruvian Paso Horse. The Peruvian Horse is one of the world’s last remaining naturally gaited horses, and is appreciated and in demand by American horse enthusiasts for several very good reasons. The Peruvian Horse of today combines qualities, which could be called contradictory. He is spirited, yet easy to handle and smooth and relaxed in motion. There is something for everyone in this elegant animal: smooth riding comfort, high energy, strength and stamina, intelligence and a tractable disposition, animated, flashy presence and 100% natural action which set the Peruvian apart from others. All Peruvian Horse aficionados worldwide share the pride of owning a horse of great beauty and rarity.

a Rich Heritage

The modern Peruvian Horse is a unique animal that has developed during four hundred and fifty years of selective breeding. It descends from horses introduced into Peru by the Conquistadors and subsequent Spanish settlers. They were selectively bred to preserve and improve attributes of the foundation horses, which carried the blood of the Barb, the Spanish Jennet and the Andalusian. This produced a horse with the unique combination of the smoothest ride and the utmost ground-covering stride. To cover the vast haciendas in Peru, one needed an animal of great endurance, but, also important to the rider, an animal capable of providing a smooth, comfortable ride over those great distances.

A breed apart

The Peruvian Horse transmits its unique smooth gait to its purebred foals. No artificial devices or special training aids are necessary to enable the horse to perform its specialty – a natural four-beat footfall of medium speed that provides a ride of incomparable smoothness and harmony of movement along with the utmost ground covering ability within one sequence of footfalls. This signature gait is called “paso llano” and it is 100% unique to the Peruvian Horse. The Peruvian Horse’s paso llano gait a rare example in the modern horse world of a natural, medium speed four beat lateral way of going with excellent advance.

flair & elegance

In addition to an easy gait, the Peruvian Horse’s creators desired their new breed to retain a brilliant front action movement typified by the upward lifting of the front legs combined with “termino”, an outward movement of the front legs similar to the loose outward rolling of a swimmer’s arms doing the crawl. The lift and termino of the Peruvian Horse’s front legs is 100% natural and is fluid, effortless and well integrated within the gait sequence. Of all of the traits that distinguish the Peruvian Horse, his tremendous “brio” is perhaps the most prized by both expert and novice horse people alike. Brio is an inherent quality of a noble and willing spirit that enables this tractable horse to perform with an exuberance that can only be described as thrilling. Brio gives the Peruvian Horse its willingness and ability to perform tirelessly for many hours in the service of his rider.

A Versatile Horse

The Peruvian Horse is the world’s greatest riding horse. Smooth to ride, beautiful to behold, and incredible brio – all traits that enable it to serve its rider in style. The Peruvian is more than a show horse. He was bred and raised to work hard and provide smooth reliable transportation. Peruvian Horses excel in many aspects of pleasure riding: trail, CTR, team penning, sidesaddle, drill teams, musical exercise, showing… You name it!

Unique Tack

The traditional tack of the Peruvian Horse has remained true to his heritage, but they may be ridden in any type of tack that fits properly. The headgear, saddle, stirrups and “guarniciones” (tailgear) used today in shows are the traditional equipment imported from Peru where it has evolved over hundreds of years. Although many people choose to show their horses in traditional tack, any style may be used as long as it conforms to USEF rules. And of course, on the trail anything goes! Enjoy this majestic and rare breed, THE PERUVIAN HORSE, the smoothest horse ever to be bred. Test ride one today at a breeder near you!