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.