What is a PERUVIAN PASO horse?
A pure breed of naturally smooth-gaited riding horses whose ancestral home is Peru, South America. They have been established for five centuries. They have been selectively bred for their unique gait, stamina, beauty, and willing, cooperative energy called “brio”.
What is the breed’s origin?
The Spanish Conquistadors brought to the Americas their ambling riding horse breed called the Spanish Jennet. The horses were descended from the Barb from the Moorish invasion of Spain. These ancient Andalusian horses were called Cartujana and Sorraia horses, and most were smooth gaited. Peruvian noblemen used the horses for every purpose, from travel to crop checking and working with livestock. The Peruvian Paso Horse has been designated a “National Treasure” in Peru, and it has been established in many countries around the world. The Peruvian Paso is a very smooth and comfortable non-trotting riding horse. Unlike some other gaited breeds where the gait may or may not occur, the Peruvian Horse can guarantee that all purebreds will inherit the gait.
What is Brio?
Brio is the unique energy of the Peruvian breed. It is as genetically predetermined as the gait. The trait that many breeds refer to as “spirit” is an aspect of brio, but the inner motivation of the horse is profound. At the same time, the deep reserve of energy is available to its rider in a productive way. It is not nervousness or a headstrong quality. A horse with brio is easier to ride than a horse lacking in brio. The extent and type of brio varies in individuals. Some horses are outwardly docile and their brio only is brought out when asked. Other horses have brio popping from every pore, and appear electric in their presence and pride. Then, at the rider’s cue, they drop to a head-down walk as if someone hit the “off” switch. This shows an excellent communication, as horses with the highest amount of brio are very sensitive and need clear, consistent cues.
What can they be used for?
They are used for pleasure riding, trails, shows, parades, exhibitions, and handicapped riding programs. Some are being used very successfully in ranch work, cattle penning, competitive trail rides and endurance riding.
Their good dispositions make them suitable for many types of riders.
Can you visit our ranch?
Yes! We highly encourage it!