Peruvian Paso Horses

The Peruvian Paso Horses or peruvian horse is one of the most outstanding horse breeds of light saddle horse known for its smooth ride. This breed, typical of the regions of northern Peru, is protected by Decree Law 25919, promulgated on November 28, 1992.

In order to determine its history it is necessary to go back to what is believed to have been its predecessor, the Spanish horse from Andalusia, introduced to Peru during the time of the Conquest and the first stage of the Colony.

At first this breed was an indefatigable worker in the country, used as a work tool in agriculture and ranching. It served as a means of transport for riders on the haciendas of the northern coast of Peru. The subsequent stabilization of the breed took about four centuries, as a result of cross-breeding, selection and improvement.

Its morphology is characterized by being compact and muscular, wide and deep; elongated and strong limbs, a flat head and robust neck.

The thing that makes this breed different from other types of horses is the type of gait it employs to move. This is undoubtedly the most fascinating aspect.

Most horses move diagonally. In the case of the Paso horse it has a lateral gait. Nevertheless, there are different rhythms and speeds that give rise to different types or gaits, such as the catlike gait, the ambling gait, the staccato gait or the pounding gait. In these gaits the horse has a single and exceptional horizontal balance, which makes it pleasant to ride. Its smooth gait is undoubtedly one of the fundamental and best appreciated virtues of this breed.

The National Association of Peruvian Paso Breeders and Owners (ANCPCPP) is officially recognized nationally and internationally, responsible for the breeding, selection, evaluation, conservation and diffusion of our Paso horse.