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I've not rode much at all since I was a teenager, when I had a horse fall backwards on me. Needless to say I'm still leary of horses antics, yet I love them anyhow. Frank and I decided that we could get a Peruvian Paso gelding, a little long in the tooth (18-20 years old), but a sweetheart and still somewhat sound. (See update here.) I spent the first 3 days with the Cactus, when we got it delivered to our friend Marilyn's ranch. I'm already in love with him. He is so very gentle to be around. He is eager to please as well. Just the slightest touch of rein or leg will change gait or direction.
...... Debbie

Debbie's very first ride on a Peruvian Paso.

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Hi I'm Frank and I made this part of the website for Debbie and her new horse Cactus..

I'm so happy for her, and I love my Debbie. This horse has made her the most animated I've seen in the years since she was given the MS diagnoses. You ought to see her with Cactus!

This is a gaited horse that moves like a magic carpet, instead of the jolting trot of most horses! I rode him before we took delivery, and I told Deb that the closest I could explain it was like being carried on a chair. Just floating. The Peruvin's secret, is a 4 beat step. So smooth, that when they show them, the rider often holds a glass full of champagne when riding, without spilling a drop! Try THAT at a normal trot.

Cactus may not be a Champagne show horse. But he is a horse that will serve Debbie well I believe. Even if it doesn't do anything to improve her balance and leg strength, it will do wonders for her outlook on life. Animals often work wonders. The Peruvian Paso is often reccomended for people with bad backs and knees because it's smooth ride.

Deb is very excited, even tho' nervous about riding. She's already made friends with the horse, but the riding still is an issue. However, I know that this will disappear in a matter of a few times in the saddle with this gentle horse.In a couple of weeks, I'm sure Debbie will have her own words in here. So hang loose and check back.
Oh Yeah! Look at that huge tail on this small horse!

Cactus's big move from one caring owner to another on 05/23/2010

Cactus says goodbye to Sue.
His previous owner of past years.
Cactus arrives at our friend Marilyn's ranch
Surveying his new digs.
Marilyn explaining the ranch rules.

Cactus, You see that over there?

Those are my flowers.

Never, Never, eat them!
All settled in at last! Time to rest.

Marilyn has been a friend of ours for many years and was kind to offer to board our horse at her ranch for a nomininal fee.

Marilyn helps Rescue Horses --- Marilyn takes in abused or neglected horses and rehabilitates and cares for them until suitable people can be found to adopt the horses. She lives alone with a single income, and yet opens her farm for this. She currently has 7 horses there. One is hers, one is ours, and one is a neighbors. The other 4 are rescue horses. She recieves no pay for doing this, so you can imagine the strain on her one income budget, not to mention the effort of caring for these horses day in and day out.
If you would like to help Marilyn out with feed, vet and farrier costs please contact us .

The Peruvian Paso horse

Instead of a trot, the Peruvian Paso performs an ambling four beat gait between the walk and the canter. It is a lateral gait, in that it has four equal beats and is performed laterally — left hind, left fore, right hind, right fore. Surprisingly it is often faster that the normal trot of some horses.

It performs two variations of the four-beat gait.

The first, the Paso llano , is isochronous, meaning that there are four equal beats in a 1-2-3-4 rhythm. This is the preferred gait. The second gait, the sobreandando, is faster. Instead of four equal beats, the lateral beats are closer together in a 1-2, 3-4 rhythm, with the pause between the forefoot of one side to the rear of the other side is longer.

This characteristic gait was utilized for the purpose of covering long distances over a short period of time without tiring the horse or rider. The gait is natural and does not require extensive training. Purebred Peruvian Paso foals can be seen gaiting alongside their dams within a few hours of their birth. The gait supplies essentially none of the vertical bounce that is characteristic of the trot, and hence posting (moving up and down with each of the horse's footfalls) is unnecessary. It is also very stable, as the execution of the gait means there are always two, and sometimes three, feet on the ground.

Because the rider feels no strain or jolt, gaited horses such as the Peruvian Paso are often popular with riders who have back or leg trouble.


A unique trait of the Peruvian Paso gait is termino — an outward swinging leg action, originating from the shoulder, in which the front lower legs roll to the outside during the stride forward, similar to a swimmer's arms. Individual horses may have more or less termino. High lift or wide termino is not necessarily a sign of a well gaited horse; in fact it may be detrimental to a good gait.

Peruvian Paso or Fino Paso?

Because of the shared word Paso, a close relationship between the Peruvian Paso and the Paso Fino breed is incorrectly assumed. A lot of people confuse them and call both breeds Peruvian Paso Fino. There is no such single breed as a Peruvian Paso Fino, but it is a common mistake made. Peruvina Paso and Paso Fino are not the same horse! "Paso" simply means "step," in Spanish, and does not imply a common breed or origin. Although the two breeds share ancestors in the Old World, and have some similarities, they were developed independently for different purposes. The two breeds are different and easily distinguishable. The Peruvian is somewhat larger, deeper in the body and wider. The Paso Fino is not bred for "termino" and its finest show gait does not require the length of stride that was required in Peruvian horses for traveling long distances. The Peruvian Paso has been called the "national horse" of Peru. On the other hand, the Paso Fino was developed from horses throughout northern Latin America and the Caribbean, with major centers of development in Colombia and Puerto Rico. The Peruvian Paso is also increasingly referred to in North America as the "Peruvian Horse" in an attempt to differentiate its breed from that of the Paso Fino.

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