THE PERUVIAN PASO

History: The origins of the Peruvian horse are traced back to Andalusians and Barbs, brought to Peru by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th century. Over 400 years of selective breeding gave origine to this wonderful breed.

Conformation: The Peruvian horse is a medium-sized horse ranging from 14 to 15.2 hands. The head has a straight or slightly concave profile with well shaped ears that have fine slightly inwardly curved tips. The nostrils extend easily and the eyes are expressive, and well set apart. Compared with most light breeds, the neck is slightly heavier in proportion to the body but gracefully arched. The croup is moderately sloped, and nicely rounded with a low tail set that is carried straight, quiet, and close to the buttocks. The chest is wide with moderate muscling. The girth and barrel are deep.

Gaits: With its four-beat lateral gait, called paso llano, the Peruvian horse gives its rider the smoothest ride in the world. The execution of the gait trends slightly to the laterals particularly with increasing speed. The forelegs of the Peruvian are rolled towards the outside as the horse moves forward, this spectacular and natural motion is called "termino." The gait of the horse is passed 100% to its offspring.. While other horses are trained to emulate the al-most-prancing gait of the Peruvian, it is a natural, inbred quality in these horses.

Characteristics: The breed is said to combine qualities which may be considered "contradictory." He is very high-spirited - though easy to handle while loose and relaxed in his movements. He has sparkling, brilliant action in the forelegs - yet he is extremely smooth and sure-footed. He has a refined appearance - yet he is powerful. The willing spirit, called "brio," demonstrates itself in numerous ways when asking the horse to perform. It means intelligent; spirited yet docile with great dignity and presence, almost an arrogance. The Peruvian horse is extremely gentle and loves people.

Use: For its the beauty, smooth gait and willing temperament the Peruvian Paso Horse is a very versatile horse. It can be seen in the show ring, on the trails, at play days and on exhibitions, or as the family riding horse.

EA Armatan

_________________________________________________________________________

THE PASO FINO


History: Paso Fino horse's journey to the Americas began more than 500 years ago with the importation of Andalusians, Spanish Barbs from North Africa, and smooth gaited Spanish Jennets (now extinct as a breed) to the "New World" by Spanish Conquistadors. As these horses were selectively bred with more horses brought from Spain, a breed developed that was hardy, easy to keep on the sparse vegetation and that had a unique four beat gait which was comfortable for riding all day. The Conquistadors called these horses "Los Caballos de Paso Fino", the "horse with the fine step".

Conformation: The Paso Fino is a naturally stylish horse. A good Paso Fino has a refined head, a long, proudly-carried neck, and overall good saddle conformation. Mane, tail and forelock are kept as long, full and luxurious as nature can provide. The legs are straight with refined bones and strong, well-defined tendons and broad, long forearms with shorter cannons.This elegant horse generally ranges in size from 13.2 hands to 15 hands. Colors run the spectrum with a variety of markings from chestnut, bay, palomino, black, gray and roan to pinto.

Gaits: The gait is a lateral four beat footfall, providing a constant cadence. The rider should experience no up and down movement of his head and shoulders, and no jolting or bumping from side to side.
The Paso Fino gait is performed at three forward speeds and with varying degrees of collection: The slowest is the Classic Fino, where the horse is fully collected, the footfall is extremely rapid while the steps are very short. The paso corto is slightly more extended, and used during trail rides. The speed of this gait is comparable to the speed of a trot but is much smoother.The paso largo is a fast, lateral, four-beat gait in which the horse can reach speeds equivalent to a canter or slow gallop.

Characteristics: The Paso Fino is an extremely willing horse that truly seems to enjoy human companionship and strives to please. It is spirited and responsive under tack while sensible and gentle at hand. The ideal show horse is dramatic, regal, restrained and generates an aura of presence. This natural drive and willingness, are known colloquially as "brio",

Use: Paso Fino demonstrates its remarkable versatility not just in the show ring, but on competitive trail and endurance rides, in dressage work, rodeo, gymkana, and back at the ranch working cattle.

The Paso Fino horse can be classified in differnet types upon the horse's natural ability:


Pleasure- gentle horse with smooth naturalgaits in mild collection,
Performance- more collected horse with gaits in differnet speeds
Classic-Spectacular and very sensitive showhorse with the highly collected Classic Fino gai

 

Rancho El Paso | Tanja Viti & Willy Campei| info@pasoperuano.it | Merano - Italy