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Gaited Horse Group of Ontario
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The Peruvian Horse is a truly unique breed of horse but only during the past twenty or thirty years has it been well known in Canada. In Peru, they have been cherished and selectively bred for centuries. The ancestors of the present day Peruvian Horse came with the explorers and was of Andalusian, Friesian, Barb and Spanish Jennet blood. These horses were largely credited by historians with the fall of the centuries old Inca Empire as they gave the Conquistadors a distinct advantage over the natives. Horses were reportedly so valuable that many were shod with silver and young foals were carried by porters in hammocks during the long, forced marches. The gait of the Peruvian Horse is a broken pace, which gives the rider neither the vertical movement of the trot nor the lateral motion of the pace. It is undoubtedly the smoothest ride in the horse world. Another “trademark” characteristic of the Peruvian horse is “termino” or the outward rolling of the front limb during extension. This gait gives the Peruvian Horse the appearance of always being “on parade”. This is also completely natural due to selective breeding.The Peruvians did not breed exclusively for gait as disposition was equally important. The horses were used for transportation and riders did not want to deal with temperamental, stubborn or nervous horses. In fact, the disposition of the Peruvian Horse is probably his most appealing virtue although the smooth gait is renowned. As a result of strict culling, the Peruvian Horse is intelligent, tractable and eager to please. He has however retained the presence and arrogance of his war horse ancestors and the modern day Peruvian Horse still “travels like a conqueror”. The Peruvian comes in all the basic colours: black, brown, bay, chestnut, gray, palomino, buckskin and roan. They boast a long luxurious mane and tail. Size ranges from 14 to 15.3 hands with the average being 14.3. Since their importation to North America, many Peruvian Horses have proven their ability to adapt to all climates and are easy keepers. For knowledgeable horsemen, the Peruvian Horse is an enigmatic blend of extremes. They have the fire of the Old Spanish war-horse and yet are noted for tractability. The Peruvian Horse combines the world’s smoothest gait with the strength to cover many miles a day - year after year. These are the qualities genetically locked in by centuries of selection. The Peruvian Horse in a few short years has gained tremendous recognition and popularity in Canada. They are in use for show, pleasure, trail, endurance and parade riding. Peruvian Horse Links: Ontario Peruvian Horse Associationhttp://www.peruvianpaso.ca/ Peruvian Horse Association of Canadahttp://www.phac.ca/ United States Peruvian Horse Associationhttp://www.uspha.net/ North American Peruvian Horse Associationhttp://www.napha.net/
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The Peruvian Horse is a truly unique breed of horse but only during the past twenty or thirty years has it been well known in Canada. In Peru, they have been cherished and selectively bred for centuries. The ancestors of the present day Peruvian Horse came with the explorers and was of Andalusian, Friesian, Barb and Spanish Jennet blood. These horses were largely credited by historians with the fall of the centuries old Inca Empire as they gave the Conquistadors a distinct advantage over the natives. Horses were reportedly so valuable that many were shod with silver and young foals were carried by porters in hammocks during the long, forced marches. The gait of the Peruvian Horse is a broken pace, which gives the rider neither the vertical movement of the trot nor the lateral motion of the pace. It is undoubtedly the smoothest ride in the horse world. Another “trademark” characteristic of the Peruvian horse is “termino” or the outward rolling of the front limb during extension. This gait gives the Peruvian Horse the appearance of always being “on parade”. This is also completely natural due to selective breeding.The Peruvians did not breed exclusively for gait as disposition was equally important. The horses were used for transportation and riders did not want to deal with temperamental, stubborn or nervous horses. In fact, the disposition of the Peruvian Horse is probably his most appealing virtue although the smooth gait is renowned. As a result of strict culling, the Peruvian Horse is intelligent, tractable and eager to please. He has however retained the presence and arrogance of his war horse ancestors and the modern day Peruvian Horse still “travels like a conqueror”. The Peruvian comes in all the basic colours: black, brown, bay, chestnut, gray, palomino, buckskin and roan. They boast a long luxurious mane and tail. Size ranges from 14 to 15.3 hands with the average being 14.3. Since their importation to North America, many Peruvian Horses have proven their ability to adapt to all climates and are easy keepers. For knowledgeable horsemen, the Peruvian Horse is an enigmatic blend of extremes. They have the fire of the Old Spanish war-horse and yet are noted for tractability. The Peruvian Horse combines the world’s smoothest gait with the strength to cover many miles a day - year after year. These are the qualities genetically locked in by centuries of selection. The Peruvian Horse in a few short years has gained tremendous recognition and popularity in Canada. They are in use for show, pleasure, trail, endurance and parade riding. Peruvian Horse Links: Ontario Peruvian Horse Associationhttp://www.peruvianpaso.ca/ Peruvian Horse Association of Canadahttp://www.phac.ca/ United States Peruvian Horse Associationhttp://www.uspha.net/ North American Peruvian Horse Associationhttp://www.napha.net/