i have a peruvian mare, and the breed itself is very hard to catch. they have breed into them whats called brio, and it is a controlled spirit, but most people who do not know the breed think they are crazy and hot. they have to be handled VERY diffrently from any other bred, and tend to spook easily. they take a very gentle hand and you must have patience for if you ever do go off on them and yell or hit them unlike a quarter horse they will never forgive you.they bond w/ mostly one person, so not a good family horse.
they also have to be trained very diffrently and you cannot break them the same you would say a qh, or even a diffrent giated breed. you have to know what you are doing or you will ruin them and they will never gait correctly.
3rdly you cannot wear a regular saddle on them. most people do, but i DONOT recomend it. they have what is called termino in their legs, and when they gait they need to be free at the shoulders to "fling" their legs out to get the desired gait. a regular saddle tree prohibits them from doing so, and it also gives them saddle sores, and makes thier back svery sore. a peruvian saddle which has to be specially orderd (if you are interested i can give you the web-site) they run about $1200-$3000 depending on what style you get. you also need diffrent bits and head stalls, more money.
most peruvians for some reason are prone to founder, and having thyroid problems so a vet check on any peruvian even a free is a must. some are very flat footed and need aluminum shoes, but most can go shoeless. they cannot wear shoes that you would put on a tenesse walker.
they are a pretty hardy horse, and very loyal once you gain thier trust but they will pretty much always be hard to catch, its just the breed. even the top trainers and breeders run their horses into a stall to catch them. they do not trust easily and it is easy to break that trust. they are somwhat arrogent, and will probably never be like a qh in the "puppy dog" arena.
if you have any more questions please pm me as i realize that not a whole of people on here are familiar w/ peruvians, and contrary to popular believe they are a totally diffrent breed from the paso fino!! i hope i have been somewhat helpful.
~A truly Fancy Pirate-Pirate-By All Time Fancy-Bay overo yearling.
~Mia-6 year old Thoroughbred mare. Ex polo Pony