Category : Peruvian Horse

When you ask what makes a Peruvian Horse different from many other breeds, the concept of “brio” is likely to be one of the first things that comes up.  Wikipedia defines brio as “quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous” or another word for “life force”.  Within the context of the Peruvian Horse, brio is the energy, exuberance and willingness to be directed by its rider.  There is also an element of pride and arrogance, without disobedience. Enthusiasm and willingness to work are also implied in this quality.  Brio is alertness, but not nervousness.

A horse with brio can be a challenge for a less experienced rider.  A horse with brio does not need to be asked twice to move forward briskly.  A very forward horse can be intimidating for a rider that would be more comfortable with a very quiet horse that needs lots of encouragement to go.  A horse with brio will also continue to work when he is very tired or hurt, where a horse without brio would quit.  A rider that is not perceptive enough to watch for the horse’s distress could easily cause damage due to the lack of awareness.

Brio is addicting.  Once you have experienced true brio, you may find that horses lacking brio to be a rather dull ride.  The brilliance of horse with brio is a thrill for even the most experienced rider.


Difference Between Peruvian Horses and Paso Finos

Category : Peruvian Horse

Breeds develop though a process of selecting crosses of individuals with similar qualities that will produce offspring that are highly likely to share those same qualities.

Both Peruvian Horses and Paso Finos are Spanish bred, gaited horses that are shorter than most North American horses.  Both breeds are proud and spirited and travel with a noble head set.   However, Peruvian Horses were developed as a working breed for the large haciendas, primarily in the southern coastal plains of Peru.  Paso Finos were developed largely in the Caribbean islands, and therefore never had far to travel.  Consequently,  while both breeds execute a smooth, four beat gait with high lift, the way of going is very different.  Where Paso Finos are prized for a short, snappy stride with maximum collection but little advance (little forward motion), Peruvians are expected to have a longer, ground covering stride with their front legs moving in a rolling motion from the shoulder known as termino.

Peruvian Horses also differ from Paso Finos in their conformation. The Peruvian is generally a slightly larger horse than its Paso Fino “cousin”.  The tail set is lower on a Peruvian, and should be carried quietly between the buttocks while the Paso Fino has a medium high tail set.

I will post entries to this blog a couple of times a month, so please feel free to contact me with your questions about Peruvian Horses.