The Peruvian Paso Horse
The ancestors of the Peruvian Paso Horse were introduced by Pizzaro to Peru. Pizarro's horses, Barbs with some Arabian and Andalusian blood, interbred with the indigenous Peruvian horses and laid the foundation for the present Paso breed. Developed some 300 years ago the modern Peruvian Paso is a triumph of horse breeding.
They vary greatly in size from 13 to15 hands and are seen in almost every equine color. All Peruvian Paso horses have long hind legs, long pasterns, strong bone and hoofs, enormous hearts and lungs, and unusual flexibility of their joints.
The Paso is a unique lateral gait that can be maintained for a long time even over rocky terrain without tiring the horse or rider. It is a natural gait that can produce a top speed of up to15 miles per hour. No other breed produces a true Paso, with its characteristic paddle-like movement of the forelegs while the hind legs move forward in a straight line, often overstepping the forelegs. The hind end is held low with the back held straight and rigid.
The headquarters of the breed is:
Peruvian Paso Horse Registry of North America
3077 Wiljan Court, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Major magazines that cater to the Peruvian Paso enthusiast
150 Dove Meadow, Solvang, CA 93463
P.O. Box 1049, Lake Elsinor, CA 92531
416 NE Wilshire, Burleson, TX 76028
Peruvian Paso Head
Peruvian Paso Pleasure Victory Pass