A Breed Without Equals: The Peruvian Paso Horse

A Breed Without Equals: The Peruvian Paso Horse, Aracari Travel

The Spanish Conquistadors did more than defeat the Incas in the 16th Century. They sowed the seeds for the evolution of a unique breed of horse,  the Peruvian Paso Horse, which is often referred to today as the ‘smoothest ride in the world’. Here we provide information on this special breed or horse and where to see a Peruvian paso horse demonstration as part of a luxury travel peru tailormade journey.

The unique characteristics of the Peruvian Paso Horse

At the core of its popularity is the extraordinary natural four beat lateral gait that the Peruvian Paso horse unusually passes through the generations. In layman’s terms, the forelegs ‘almost prance’, like the horse is always on parade – a graceful, flowing motion called ‘termino’. Bred for luxury and endurance by a select group of prominent Peruvian families for over 450 years, this compact, sturdy horse evolved to ride long distances comfortably, often across savage Andean mountain ranges. Unsurprisingly, the breed developed a congenial nature as with the landowners having little time, the unfortunate individuals with a bad disposition were simply discarded.

‘Brio’ is the word most often used to describe the Peruvian Paso horse’s nature. Deceptively short as a term, it stands for intelligence, grace, pride, dignity, docility and gentleness. These horses are renowned for their love of people, particularly their owners whom they become extremely attached to.
After 450 years of quiet evolution and steadfast service, the Peruvian Paso horse is experiencing something of a boom in worldwide popularity. This is particularly true in the United States where it was introduced a mere thirty years ago. Today it is hailed as the ideal ride for the 21 st Century rider, with demand often outstripping supply of these beautiful creatures.

Where to see a Peruvian Paso Horse Demonstration

Peruvian Paso Horse demonstrations can be enjoyed both in Lima and the Sacred Valley in Cusco. It is also possible to arrange horse riding lessons on these beautiful horses. Private Paso Horse dressage exhibitions are possible at Hacienda Santa Rosa in Lima, the Sol y Luna Hotel in the Sacred Valley.

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