08-19-2012, 08:08 PM
| || | GOOD ON YOU for doing your homework! There is more rumor and MIS-information out there about Peruvians than almost any other breed. I have had Peruvians since 1995 so I can tell you what I’ve experienced with my horses. Generally Peruvians tend to be “hot”. They are a pure Spanish breed, descended from the Andalusian, that’s where all the hot comes from. Peruvians are often advertised as good for beginners or first time owners because they are easy to ride. Personally, I think that does a big disservice to both the potential new owner and the breed. Yes, Peruvians are easy to ride because they are smooth and you don’t get bounced off like you might on a trotter, but… Peruvians have a lot more GO! Than many other breeds. They are not deadheads. So for a beginner all that energy can be scary. I have a 21-year old gelding that I would never put a beginner on. As his former owner said, “He’s just too much horse for a beginner.” “Hot” is quite common in this breed. Training: Good training is important for any breed of horse. A Peruvian does not need to be trained by a chalan using traditional Peruvian training methods. Two of the best trainers in the breed use dressage techniques. Stay away from any “gaited horse” trainer that uses TWH or Saddlebred methods with chains, weights, stretchies, or heavy shoes. The gait of the Peruvian horse is natural and doesn’t need to be “fixed” with this junk. Peruvians also have a naturally high headset and things like martingales, tie downs, severe bits or any other devices used to lower the headset should never be used. The main thing to remember is that Peruvians are smart and sensitive. They do not react well to rough handling. At. All. Peruvians are not started under saddle before age 3. There are no under saddle classes at our shows for horses under 3. If you find a Peruvian that is under 3 and has already been broke to saddle you are probably not dealing with a reputable seller. I’m not saying it’s a bad horse, it’s simply that starting horses younger than 3 is just not done in this breed. Period. Peruvians are usually started in bozal, then go into four reins (bozal + bridle), then into the bit. This is done to keep the mouth of the horse soft. All Peruvian bits are the same: a small port with rollers and NO long shanks. There are a few training series for Peruvians available on DVD. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend you buy “Conformation and Gait” by the late Benni Barto. This DVD and her other training DVDs are available here: Order DVD's This is another series that is available but I cannot tell you how good it is as I have never seen it. But I do know that Roberto Quijandria has been training for years: Welcome to La Estancia Alegre Gait: The gaits of the Peruvian horse are walk, Paso Llano, Sobreandando, Huachano (pace), canter and gallop. Not all the gaits are 4-beats, the Huachano is a 2-beat gait. Many Peruvians can trot. I actually prefer a horse that can trot. The only horse I ever had that was not well-gaited was a mare that couldn’t trot a stride. IMO, the ability to trot shows that the horse can switch gears, has the ability to be flexible and can use all its muscles. So I like to see a Peruvian that can trot *at liberty*. I don’t want it under saddle though. As far as price is concerned if you want “something for nothing” you are asking for too much. Can you expect to buy a well-bred, well-conformed, well-trained, registered horse for a few hundred dollars? Realistically speaking, no you can’t. I mean, would you yourself sell one like that for next to nothing? On the other hand, if you are willing to compromise a bit you may be able find a pretty nice Peruvian horse at a reasonable price. For example you may find one that is very green broke, or one that is not really well gaited, or it’s not registered, or maybe it’s an older horse, or a rescue horse. I would buy this guy in a heartbeat myself, but I need another horse like I need a hole in the head : http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse.php?form_horse_id=1813599 Keep doing your homework and researching the breed. Study the websites of reputable breeders; those who have been in the breed for years. Here are a few: Rancho Chahuchu -Peruvian Paso Horse- Home of RCh Ventarrones Rancho De La Florecita Bentwood Place Paso Peruvian Horses - Sioux Falls, SD D-Ranch > Home Stay away from the fly-by-nighters who have a whole herd of horses that they know next to nothing about that are all bred to each other. You might want to subscribe to Peruvian Horse Quarterly: www.phquarterly.com Don’t bother with Peruvian Digest magazine. It’s a rag and the publisher doesn’t always fulfill paid subscriptions. It took me 3 years to get all the magazines I paid for. Good luck in your search. Keep asking questions. As Martha Stewart says, “It’s a good thing.”
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!