So all this Paso Fino talk got me thinking about Peruvians... Check this out!
I can't help it, but I HAVE to laugh! A friend of mine does mounted shooting on one, and absolutely REFUSES to ride a REAL cowboy horse! I just can't bring myself to ride one... lol! Would love to see one do a reining pattern, or work a cow...
Peruvians aren't usually trained for anything except trail riding. But I've heard of RMH's doing reining, and some MFT's are working cow horses. Most gaited horses can be trained to do "regular" jobs, but most regular horses can't be trained to gait.
oh haha I learned to ride on Peruvians. lets just say I like my qhs. lol
I rein with my MFT, and the MFTHBA shows have classes for reining, cutting, roping, gaming, etc. MFTs were bred for ranch work and still excel at it.
When Pasos were first brought to the US, they were brought for ranch work. The horses you're seeing are Pasos bred solely for the show ring.
It's kind of like comparing this monster:
To this amazing trail horse:
Here are some versatile Pasos...
I'm gonna offer a correction to you, real fast...
The Peruvian Horse and the Peruvian Paso are two comletely differant breeds. The Peruvian Horse was bred to work in the orchards, so basically it was a walk straight, turn, and walk straight again. And although the two breeds are related they are recognized seperately by differant registrations. My Rico is a Peruvian Horse, but I had a bay Peruvian Paso filly named Keno that was very similar. Biggest differance, I noticed, was that I couldn't make Keno lope normally but Rico could. And Peruvian Paso's are not th eonly "Swimming" horse, as Peruvian Horse's can do it as well. Not many people differentiate between the two breeds but they are in fact two differant breeds.
And as far as competition goes, I've never reined on one but I've done Team Penning on Rico and Keno both and have gotten decent times. Trust me, when they want to they can cut and run just like any other horse you just have to be a bit more careful. They aren't built for big stops and spins like reiners but they can swim all the way around the arena at about the same speed :)
Sorry to double-post, but I forgot to add...
My Paso Fino gelding's sire was Grand National Versatility Champion for 1993 and 1994. He was Horse of the Year in 1991, 1992, and 1993. He had 12 National Championships and 8 High Point Awards. He was three-times Georgia State Champion. He accumulated over 2400 show points.
He could jump four feet, run poles and barrels, drive, side-pass, slide, spin, do flying lead changes, etc.
Here's a picture of him:
Here's a picture I found of a Paso doing team penning: http://www.pasofinohorsedirectory.co...achmentID=2645
Barrel racing: http://www.pasofinohorsedirectory.co...achmentID=2757
Pole bending: http://www.pasofinohorsedirectory.co...achmentID=2768
Here's a video...
Yes, they are versatile despite popular belief. My trainer has herself a few of them, some for boarding and three for herself. I've heard rumors of reining Peruvian Pasos and Peruvians. Granted I have never actually seen one myself. Toni claims she could rein on her Paso mare, but she's never offered to show me so I guess I'll just have to wait on her demo. She hardly ever has me work with them because she wants me on her cowhorses. Oh well, I can understand that with her being so busy and all her other hands and people working for her.
I would definately love to teach Rico to rein. It would be rather interesting, but I don't think I'll have time to do much with him this year. The only reason we bought him was because after my Mom had back surgery she was sore and needed a smoother ride while she recovered, because she didn't want to stop riding altogether. But he's now a part of the family and a treasured companion with all of us.
Oh, and Cloudsmystique.....
In your first post, that first picture....what exactly as that horse supposed to be doing? LOL, sorry I'm just honestly curious :)
This video is several years old, but the industry is not much better today. At their World show a few years ago, over half of the competitors in the last class (the big one) were disqualified because of violations of the Horse Protection Act. Last year's show had over 400 violations.
Sorry, I don't want to go off topic. Google "big lick tennessee walking horse" if you want to know more.
It's a very amazing and versatile breed. I have a Paso Fino, and he's a Western trail horse (competetive and pleasure), we do English jumping, English flat, bareback, long gallops.....
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