What’s so special about Peruvian Horses?
Descended from the horses brought to the Americas by the Spanish Conquistadors, the Peruvian Horse is born with a smooth, natural way of going stamped into their genetic heritage by hundreds of years of selective breeding. Peruvians are shown barefoot – the gait cannot be influenced by weighted or other special shoes. This breed was developed by the Peruvian people as a working horse. Much of Peru is desert, and therefore the haciendas were large. The Peruvian Horse was ridden mostly by the owners and overseers, and these people wanted a small, hardy horse with a smooth gait that would be comfortable to ride and stand up to the rigours for long distances and be easy to mount and dismount.
The smooth gait makes Peruvian Horses an excellent choice for the rider who wants to avoid the discomfort of a trot. Peruvian Horses are hotbloods, and are generally quite forward and energetic. This can make them intimidating at first for some new riders or those accustomed to a less energetic breed, but we believe that with proper training, support and understanding, these horses provide an equine experience like no other. “Hot” does not mean spooky or unmanageable, and our horses have a strong foundation of basic groundwork to teach them calmness and self-control while preserving their energy and spirit.
In addition to the smooth gait, another trademark of Peruvian Horses is the concept of brio. Brio is a Spanish term that refers to energy and willingness to work. Wikipedia includes active, spirited, alive and vigorous in its definition. Brio should not be confused with nervousness. I like to think of it as enthusiasm.
Peruvian Horses are generally between 14 and 15.2 hands high, and should be about half leg and half body. This differs from other breeds that are often more leggy, and means that a shorter Peruvian Horse will often “feel” like a much taller horse. The shoulder angle should be much more laid back than trotting horses. They come in every solid colour, including greys and roans, although chestnut and bay are the most common colours.
I believe we mirror the animals we connect with. My chosen breed of horse requires an exquisite balance of endurance and refinement, smoothness and action, energy and control. I am a person that also looks for a balance in my world through these unlikely combinations and isn’t afraid of the edges. In my world, I seek to balance strength and gentleness, competence and acceptance, humour and kindness, confidence and humility.