Originally Posted by annaleah
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!
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.