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Breed/Discipline: Peruvian Horse

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Peruvian Horse

North Star Gaited Horse Club

This National Horse of Peru is one of the last remaining naturally gaited horses. Their history traces back to the Spanish explorers and the Conquistadors who brought horses into the New World. When the Spanish came to Peru with these animals, the natives were fascinated. Because of the isolated geographic location of Peru, very little cross-breeding with outside blood occurred and the Peruvian Horse preserved its genetic lineage.

The breeders favored horses with fast, smooth gaits, thus generations of strict selection genetically fixed these traits, and the breed transmits its gait to all purebred foals. One of the major principles of the Peruvian breeder is that a great Peruvian Horse is born, not trained. 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 one of the smoothest rides in the world.

The disposition of the Peruvian Horse is equally important. The breed is known to be intelligent, well-mannered, and eager to please, and yet, it maintains a spirited presence and arrogance.

The Peruvian Horse comes in all the basic colors, boasting a long, luxurious mane and tail. They range in size from 14.1 to 15.1 hands with the average being about 14.2. They have gained in popularity in the United States, and are used for show, pleasure, trail, endurance, and parade riding. 

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