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post #1 of 9 Old 08-09-2020, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Chilean Horse info?

Looking at getting my first horse (me: 37, F, 5’5, 115 lbs) and was wondering if anyone had any info on the Chilean horse/Corralero/Criollo? My interest is due to my husband being a native of Chile, and seeing a Chilean rodeo when we went to visit his family last year.

I’m looking for a horse that is smaller like I am, good for trail riding, but also chill for riding a trail next to a road/crossing a street/going into the ocean. Plus it is supporting my husband’s heritage which is important to me. And they are gorgeous and sturdy looking beauties. Thanks.
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they ARE gorgeous, and sturdy and . . well, a bit hot. which leads me to ask about your own level of experience.


Depending on where you are located, you may very well find it hard to find a 'criollo' horse. I've heard such wonderful things about them.


Another potential choice might be an Iberian horse, like an Andalusian, or a Lusitano. they share bloodlines, distantly . . . or an 'Azteca", which is an Andalusian/Qh cross. they are lovely, spirited horses.
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My very first horse as a child was a Chilean pacing mare, and she was amazing. She wasn't a bit hot, and she had a lovely smooth pace. She wasn't very attractive physically, but I don't think there was a better horse anywhere ever. She took such good care of me. I got her in Ecuador, and I rode her all over the mountains of Ecuador. She never put a foot wrong. Unknown to me when I bought her, she was pregnant to a Chilean pacing stallion and had a Chilean colt which I broke and trained as a child. I'll try to post a picture later. I hope you find your Chilean horse. I can hardly think of a better mount than the one I had.
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they ARE gorgeous, and sturdy and . . well, a bit hot. which leads me to ask about your own level of experience.


Depending on where you are located, you may very well find it hard to find a 'criollo' horse. I've heard such wonderful things about them.


Another potential choice might be an Iberian horse, like an Andalusian, or a Lusitano. they share bloodlines, distantly . . . or an 'Azteca", which is an Andalusian/Qh cross. they are lovely, spirited horses.
30+ years riding, mostly western but have ridden english/jump/dressage, trail riding, and even sidesaddle. Ridden everything from seasoned horses to training them - currently training a 7 year old Arabian that was nothing more than halter trained two years ago.

I am in CA, and in-laws might have a family friend of a friend who could assist me in getting one.
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My very first horse as a child was a Chilean pacing mare, and she was amazing. She wasn't a bit hot, and she had a lovely smooth pace. She wasn't very attractive physically, but I don't think there was a better horse anywhere ever. She took such good care of me. I got her in Ecuador, and I rode her all over the mountains of Ecuador. She never put a foot wrong. Unknown to me when I bought her, she was pregnant to a Chilean pacing stallion and had a Chilean colt which I broke and trained as a child. I'll try to post a picture later. I hope you find your Chilean horse. I can hardly think of a better mount than the one I had.
Thanks for the info. If the ‘Rona hadn’t hit, I would have gotten to ride one this past spring. My in-laws are total city folk, but my cousin in law has a friend of a friend who is a huaso and breeder. We have the money to import one. I’m looking for a lifetime horse, and my husband is always so happy when I embrace his culture. And yes, I would use a traditional saddle and bridle.
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Here are some photos of my Chilean pacing mare and her foal. I got her for my 12th birthday and the date was either 1960 or 1961 because I got her before my birthday and can't remember exactly when. No horse was ever better than this grand mare. She was only 4 years old when I picked her out--not a wise choice for a child--but we didn't know any better, and I never had a speck of trouble from her. My mom called her my nursemaid, she took such good care of me. I looked at probably 20 horses before I found her, and I knew within 5 minutes of getting on her that she was meant to be mine.
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Slightly off topic, knight rider whatever happened to the mare and her foal?
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Here are some photos of my Chilean pacing mare and her foal. I got her for my 12th birthday and the date was either 1960 or 1961 because I got her before my birthday and can't remember exactly when. No horse was ever better than this grand mare. She was only 4 years old when I picked her out--not a wise choice for a child--but we didn't know any better, and I never had a speck of trouble from her. My mom called her my nursemaid, she took such good care of me. I looked at probably 20 horses before I found her, and I knew within 5 minutes of getting on her that she was meant to be mine.
Gorgeous! In-law put me in touch with the friend of a friend, and we’re chatting about his horses now. I Now have a camera roll full of horses I am in love with completely! Hopefully next spring I can get back to Chile and meet/ride and hopefully buy. Too bad I can’t get the husband on the horse train, but he’s a city boy through and through. He fully supports me though.
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What happened to my beloved mare and foal? Very sad story. We went on "home leave" for the summer, and I sent my mare and colt to a big horse farm to live in a pasture since no one would be riding her. The young horse got tangled in barbed wire and was lame when we got back. Then my dad was transferred to NASA headquarters in Greenbelt, MD, so we had to move back to the US.

My mom sold my mare to a family who, I was told, rode the crap out of her and did not value her. We gave the lame young colt to a missionary family who took him to a missionary compound in some remote part of Ecuador. They kept up with me for several years, completed the colt's training, rode him, and loved him. I lost track of the mare. I always convinced myself that my mare was so amazing and wonderful that she landed in a good place after those bad owners. Americans in Ecuador only stayed a couple of years and usually sold their beloved horses to new Americans who had arrived. So I am going to think that my mare, whom everyone adored, ended up in a good place after that bad family.
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