Sports Equestrian Breeds Peruvian Paso
Although a newcomer to North America, the Peruvian Paso had its origins over four centuries ago in South America, where the horses brought to Peru by the conquistadores and subsequent Spanish settlers were bred selectively to produce the genetic miracle which became the "National Horse of Peru." The judicious fusion of several Old World breeds provided the foundation for the Peruvian horse. The Spanish Jennet gave its even temperament and smooth ambling gait, the African Barb contributed great energy, strength and stamina while the Andalusian imparted its excellent conformation, action, proud carriage and beauty to the new breed. Once established, the Peruvian Paso was maintained in its native country as a closed population, isolated by geography and the dedication of its creators from the influence of additional outside blood. The Peruvian Paso transmits its smooth gait to all purebred foals. No artificial devices or special training aids are necessary to enable the horse to perform its specialty - a natural four-beat footfall of medium speed that provides a ride of incomparable smoothness and harmony of movement. Physically, the Paso is a horse of medium size, usually standing between 14.1 and 15.2 hands tall, with a powerful build. He may be chestnut, black, brown, bay, buckskin, palomino, gray, roan or dun; with the solid colors, grays and dark skin considered most desirable. The mane is abundant with fine, lustrous hair that may be curly or straight.
from the Peruvian Paso Horse Registry website. wp-9/2000

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Lehey, Yvonne
Personal story of owning Peruvian Paso horses, and other gaited horse breeds.
Made in Peru
International Peruvian horse publication based in Miraflores, Peru.
Pasos on the Web
Provides owner, breeder, club, articles, and Laureado information.
Peruvian Digest
Features Peruvian horses for sale, horse ranches, show results, calendar of events, articles, futurity information and related products and services.
Peruvian Horse World
Worldwide online community to share and exchange information about the Peruvian Horse.
Photos and Pasos
The nature and equine photography of Bill and Debbie Pye and Peruvian Paso Horse Reference.

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