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post #1 of 29 Old 07-18-2010, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Any Peruvian Paso owners here??

A past horse accident has left me forced to switch to a gaited breed and I have always liked the paso fino, but would like a bigger built horse and I came upon the Peruvian. Wow!! Is all I can say! I fell in love with them at first sight, (which was on tv..lol) and am starting my breed research on them and was wondering if anyone here owned any and might be able to give me some more info on the breed and maybe point me in a good direction as to where I can buy them. I am from Illinois and from what I've found, Peruvians are few and far between. So, my ears are open for anything you wish to dish out.....the good, and the bad.... thanks!
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I own a Paso Fino, but not a Peruvian Paso :)
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post #3 of 29 Old 07-18-2010, 10:01 PM
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Despite popular belief, Peruvian is a differant breed than a Peruvian Paso. They are similar but the Peruvian I bred very strictly in Belize.

These are some of the most loyal and lovin horses you will ever find. They do grieve for their previous owners for a week or two however, so be cautious with that. They do bond to those who treat them well and don't like the ones who don't. They aren't capable of consistently performing and winning in many performance events but they can do lower levels with no problem.

I could go on forever in this topic. I've owned many and if you have any questions, feel free to ask :)
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Peruvian and Peruvian Paso are the same breed. Not sure why people think they are different but they are dropping the word Paso as everyone confuses it with a paso fino. When I bought my Peruvians I did alot of online shopping, had video's sent and then flew and looked at several. Training was very important so I weeded several out by the way they were trained.
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post #5 of 29 Old 07-25-2010, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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I have done some research on them and have heard and read that the correct training in this breed is important. How so exactly? I mean I know training is important with this breed, but in what way? Also, I have noticed that this breed is not cheap. But, is there a way to find a good quality peruvian for a decent price without sacrficing training or good conformation? Sorry so many questions, but I really love this breed and hope to own one someday!
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any breed that has good conformation and training is not going to be on the low end of pricing. Gaited horses tend to be of a higher value more north and cheaper south. The Peruvians are mostly in southern states so there price is high. You may not see as many up north because they are more expensive. I know of several very inexpensive ones in my area but they will become pasture ornaments from improper breeding and poor training. I have a tennuvian which are less expensive and he is very smooth.
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Good Morning Annaleah! I'm thrilled that you want to choose a Peruvian Horse. My good friend Bonnie Gjerseth is a Peruvian breeder up here in Wisconsin.She is an awesome lady with 30 years experience raising this wonderful breed. She will work with you closely to make sure she finds you a horse that will suit you and the horse both. She has many nice horses. She will help you choose a horse that fits your personality and experience. Her prices are good, not overly expensive and she has all ages available. She trains show horses as well as trail horses and some are a little of both. She is located at,... "Black River Peruvians", in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Just a foot note.... Because of the mix-up between the Paso Fino and the Peruvian Paso, We have dropped the Paso when referring to our breed. They have, in recent years, been referred to as The Peruvian Horse. LoL. We got tired of explaining the difference in the 2 breeds, because they are as different as night and day, both in gait and temperment. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have. Deej Peterson, Black River Falls Wisconsin....
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Ann! Did you recieve my reply to you in reference to Bonnie Gjerseth? I'm not sure if it went through. If not, let me know and I will resend!
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I have done some research on them and have heard and read that the correct training in this breed is important. How so exactly? I mean I know training is important with this breed, but in what way? Also, I have noticed that this breed is not cheap. But, is there a way to find a good quality peruvian for a decent price without sacrficing training or good conformation? Sorry so many questions, but I really love this breed and hope to own one someday!
Hi there,

I have a peruvian paso who is a project horse. With my experience with her personally, I would say that the correct training in the breed is important because of the gaits. A typical horse has 4 gaits, the walk, the trot, the canter and the gallop. They're easy to distinguish from one another and its standard training. A gaited horse like a peruvian paso has....a lot of gaits XD I'm not sure if this is a problem for other easy gaited horse riders, but my horse was NOT trained to differentiate between any of her gaits. Essentially, I have no control over how she moves her hooves. That being said, she uses whichever gait she darn well pleases and switches whenever she darn well pleases to switch, often rather clumsily. If I ask her to move faster, she might just speed up the gait she's in, or switch to a different one that's naturally faster, I have no control of that either. This can make her a bit of a rough ride sometimes.

I don't know that its important for a peruvian to be able to use all possible gaits on command, but it would at least be nice if she could stay in one gait. Of course, I don't ride with a saddle, so having a saddle could make it easier. But I've honestly been on regular horses that were smoother than she is.

Also, one other thing to keep in mind is that they CAN trot like a normal horse. This is a gait that my horse sometimes thinks is fun to do and it feels just like a normal horse trotting. So if that's the kind of thing you are trying to avoid, then there is another reason to make sure you have a horse that's been trained well by a trainer that has experience with the gaits.
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Hi Peruvian Equine. In response to your comment about the Peruvian "Trot"...
A peruvian has 4 distinct gaits..
1. The Walk
2. The Paso Llano/ slow and faster
3. The Sobrenadante, Very fast
4. The Canter.
All are executed in a 4 beat lateral movement. Naturally...
The Peruvian Horse is not genetically wired to do a trot as that requires a 2 beat diagonal movement, which is unnatural for the breed.Your horse is probably doing a hard pace which if not controlled can feel every bit as bumpy as a trot.
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