COMMON HORSE BREEDS

 

PERUVIAN PASO

 

Origin:
South America - Peru

Peruvian Paso
Photo supplied by Narrawin Stud - Victoria

History:
The word Paso means step. The Peruvian Paso originated from Barb and Andalusian horses introduced to South America by the Spanish in 1532. It is believed that the breed inherited its characteristic lateral gait from the Spanish Jennet, a riding horse similar to the English Ambler.
The Peruvian Paso's lateral gait is different to that of other horses. The Paso's forelegs arch out to the side as it moves, like the arms of a swimmer. It takes long, straight strides and carries the hindquarters low with the hocks well under him. This action results in a particular smooth ride. The Peruvian Paso is able to maintain its lateral gait over rough terrain for long periods without tiring. It can reach speeds of up to 24km/pH or 15m/pH.

Characteristics:
refined, graceful
Head: intelligent looking
, medium size head; straight or slightly concave profile; dark expressive eyes, set well apart; medium length ears with fine tips; oblong nostrils; small muzzle
Neck: muscular, medium length, arched
Shoulders: strong, long
Body: strong, well muscled body; strong, rounded back; broad, deep chest; well sprung ribs; broad, well muscled loins; long, wide croup; strong, rounded hindquarters
Legs: short, strong limbs; short cannons; medium length pasterns
Feet: excellent
Mane and Tail: long, silky; low set tail, held close to buttocks
Color: any color but predominantly bay and chestnut
Height: 14 to 15.2hh
Temperament: kind, willing
Qualities: very strong; sure footed; fast; great for long distance riding; natural preference for smooth, lateral gait; able to thrive on meagre rations

Today:
Due to its strength, smooth gait and its ability to carry a lot of weight the Peruvian Paso is popular as a ranch and long distance riding horse.

 

 

Photo supplied by Narrawin Stud - Victoria

  Peruvian Paso