The Smoothest Ride in the World!
Over 450 years of selective breeding have gone into producing the ultimate pleasure horse -- the Peruvian. With its four-beat lateral gait, the Peruvian horse gives its rider the smoothest ride in the world. Its ancestors were the horses of the Spanish Conquistadors, brought to Peru to conquer the New World.
Ultimately the Peruvian horse was bred to go long distances, comfortably. In Peru the horse was used by plantation owners to oversee large farming operations.
The average height of the Peruvian horse is between 14.1 and 15.2, providing a horse that is easily mounted and dismounted. His temperament is excellent. His willing nature and desire to please make him easily trained. The breed is carefully watched to maintain the desirable characteristics inbred in the horse, i.e. smoothness, excellent temperament, strength and gait.
With approximately 25,000 Peruvians in the world, the demand often exceeds the supply.
The forelegs of the Peruvian move as if he is always on parade, a motion called "termino." The gait of the horse is passed 100% to its offspring.
In the Show Ring!
One of the things that draws many riders to the breed is the naturalness in our show rings. Peruvians are shown without shoes and with very little decoration.
The gait of the Peruvian, as with all horses, is easily affected by shoes. To make certain that no artificial means are used to enhance the gait, shoes are not permitted in the show ring.
Many horse enthusiast who have been appalled at the atrocities committed on horses in other breeds for a "win" in the show ring, have found the Peruvian Horse shows refreshing and enjoyable.
No artificial devices of any kind are used in the Peruvian shows. The wide-eyed, high-stepping eagerness of the Peruvian is natural, whether he is performing before a crowd, or heading out on a trail ride.
The rider's apparel in the show ring is also simple. We judge the horse, not the attire of the rider. The dress for the show ring is white jeans, a white shirt and a Peruvian hat. Some classes require a "poncho", worn over the "whites". If riders desire, a dark sports coat may be substituted for the poncho.
Many of our present owners were turned off by horse competitions where the rider's costume cost more than the horse. In the Peruvian breed, the emphasis is placed on the horse.
In the equitation classes, emphasis is placed on the rider's ability.
A major principle with Peruvian breeders is that "great Peruvian horses are born - not trained." Training is designed to bring out the animal's inherent ability, but not modify it artificially. All Peruvian breeders use basically the same training methods and equipment so that no advantage is gained through artificial devices or aids. If a horse will not collect properly or can't be managed with a mild bit, he is not deemed suitable for breeding. If a horse lacks termino, well known exercises to increase termino are not used as this would only prolong the fault in future generations. The guiding philosophy is that "it is easier to cull undesirable traits immediately than to deal with them in future generations."
The overall feeling among Peruvian owners and breeders is that a horse should be rideable for pleasure and able to perform in the show ring.
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