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Non-Traditional Uses of the Peruvian Paso
A Promotion Project by Verne R. Albright
Sponsored by the American Association of Owners and Breeders of Peruvian Paso Horses

This major promotion of the Peruvian Horse was an important effort to introduce others to the breed and excite their interest. To reach those individuals outside of the breed!! A request and concern voiced by many has resulted in this project! The AAOBPPH Listens!

Verne’s goal in 1998/1999 was to place a minimum of FIFTY (50) articles in regional and national magazines by the end of the summer of 1999. Expectations have been exceeded!! By the end of 1999 over ONE HUNDRED and FIFTY articles have been published and/or accepted for publication!

“By the end of the current year (2000), the AAOBPPH Publicity Project will be almost three years old and will have resulted in the publication of over THREE HUNDRED (300) Peruvian Paso articles in regional and national publications throughout North America. Many people helped with this project, and we hope we have remembered to acknowledge all of them in previous editions of the AAOBPPH newsletter. In this issue, we would like to thank the many people who so generously loaned their prize photographs and in some cases won’t get them back because publishers lost them. If we have inadvertently omitted anyone from the following list, please let us know so we can correct that oversight.” —-Verne Albright
Cheryl Aldrich
Rex Atcheson
Renee Been
Joan Box
Ruth Ann & Chris Catlin
Kelly Chapman
Glen & Sallie Cochran
Dr. Henry F. Curry, Jr.
Joanne del Solar
J. Pat Doyle
Dawn Finley Linda Garro
Athena Goumas
Audrey Haisfield
Walter & Judy Henslee
Corey Hewitt
Alice Howse
Kim Jaserie
Lynn Kinsky
Kim LaFlamme
Jackie MacNeill
Manny Martinez
Allison Maxwell Kelly Powers
Bill Rader
Jerry & Isabella Restani
Pepe Risso, Jr.
Andres and Christina Salinas
Jeannie Sullivan
Marian Taylor
Maurice Ungar
Shawna & Jorge Valenzuela
Joyce Wallbridge
Michelle Wilson

To Debbie Pye —a very special thank you for the loan of several hundred photos,
none of which showed her personal horses.

Your support is appreciated! Increased awareness of the breed and sales is occuring!

and to those above who generously assisted,

Visit Verne’s site for information on his books!

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ha_puritanoPrior to the seventeenth century, most of the world’s horses were naturally gaited. Horses that trotted were the exception, and “bone shakers” as they were called, were considered suitable only as pack animals or mounts for servants. Almost all traveling was done on horseback. Since most people knew very little about riding, a smooth riding horse was a necessity. Even Knights – who required trotting horses for battle – often kept a naturally gaited horse which he would ride when traveling, leading his trotting horse behind.

Following the seventeenth century, the uses for trotting horses increased. Networks of roads were built, and people began to travel by horse-drawn vehicles rather than on horseback. Since a horse that trots is more suitable than a gaited horse for pulling a wheeled vehicle, the breeding of trotting horses was increased at the expense of gaited horses. At about the same time, great expenses of land were devoted for the first time to cattle raising, and the horse took on importance as a tool for working the cattle. Here again the trotting horse has a greater advantage over the gaited horse, and even more emphasis was put on the breeding of horses that trotted. Almost simultaneously, worldwide popularity was bestowed upon horse racing, yet another activity where gaited horses do not excel.

As the seventeenth century opened, it was unusual to see a horse that trotted. At the close of the same century, it was unusual to see a horse that did not trot. It was one of the most unusual transformation that horse breeding has ever seen.

noblezaAs the world’s horsemen moved from naturally gaited horses to trotting horses, the Peruvians continued to esteem and breed their naturally gaited “Caballo Peruano de Paso”. The Peruvian Paso horse descended from the blood stock which was introduced to Peru from the Spanish, who at the time were the foremost horse breeders in the world. Image MSR NoblezaThe Spanish horses brought to Peru blended the Barb, the Fresian, the Spanish Jennet, and the Andalusian. In Peru these Spanish horses were bred to produce the purest link that the modern world has with the once populous gaited horses. For several centuries, no outside blood has been introduced into the Peruvian Paso breed, and it is now the only naturally gaited breed in the world that can guarantee its gait to 100% of its offspring. Every purebred Peruvian horse has the inherited gait, which is the trademark of the Peruvian breed.

In recent years, the world’s horsemen have begun to rediscover the pleasures of naturally gaited horses, and horse fanciers from many nations are turning to the Peruvian Paso horse as the ideal mount for the twentieth century horsemen. Thanks to its unique, inborn, four-beat lateral gait. the Peruvian horse is the smoothest riding horses in the world. He is also one of the showiest of all horses because of an inner pride and energy that make him travel with a style and carraige as if always “on parade”. The temperament of the Peruvian horse its one of the world’s best, thanks to a long standing Peruvian practice of not breeding animals that have an unsuitable disposition. In addition, the Peruvian is the only horse in the world with “termino” which is a graceful, flowing movement in which the forelegs are rolled towards the outside as the horse strides forward. much like the arm motion of a swimmer. “Termino” is a spectacular and beautiful natural action.

marinera2The gait of a Peruvian horse can be as slow as a walk or as fast as an extended trot or slow canter. Both the gait and the flashy leg action are completely natural. They are not induced or aided in any way by artificial training or devices. In fact, both Peru and the United States, Peruvian horses are shown without shoes and with a short, natural hoof.

Peruvian horses come in all basic, solid colors as well as greys and roans. The breed, because of its direct link to the Barb horse, has some striking color tones and shades. The average height of the Peruvian is between 14 and 15 hands and the weight is commonly between 900 and 1,100 pounds… about the same as Morgans and Arabians.

At the present time there are approximately 12,000 Peruvian Paso horses in North America and no more than 20,000 in the world.

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Junior Page


This Page was Last Updated April 1, 2000


Send articles, jokes, short stories, “”quotes””, announcements that are important to you and worthy of sharing with other junior members!

And don’t forget to send YOUR favorite Photos!!
They will be returned right away!

March 25-25, 2000

Sponsored by two of our Junior Members, Kelly Powers & Nick Breaux!
Click Here for more information

Read all about it here soon!

These are written by Verne R. Albright and can be found here!


1999 U.S. National Championship Show

High Point Juniors
won this 4 foot tall Carousel Horse
with Music Box

Reserve High Point Juniors
won a 4 foot tall Carousel Horse just like
this one except without the Music Box.

Click here to see the results
of the 1999 AAOBPPH U.S. National
Championship Peruvian Paso Horse Show


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