Gosh, I've already made so many replies before introducing myself. I absolutely love Peruvian Pasos and my sweet little mare Canella who I just started under saddle work a month and a half ago. I am a pro. natural farrier specializing in barehoof trimming and barehoof rehab, I also shoe horses using a flexable shoe that works with the flexion of their hooves instead of a rigid metal shoe that works against the health of the whole horse. I also would say that I train, but I dislike using the word "train" as what I do is more like communicate with them by listening and using appropriate responses to each individual horses needs using their psychology and putting our relationship first and formost. I have been into Peruvian's for several years now but apparently had unfortunate luck as my first one had dsld and now my second one has mild dsld but I got the okay from the vet for light riding. Since I loved my first PP mare Gamita Mia so much I spent many many hours studying everything about her disability but when I got her she also had a deep digital flexor tendon injury and as she was a rescue I put a lot of time, love, and money into her only to see her need to be relieved and sent to greener pastures. So, over a year ago she went to greener pastures and then I was offered by one of my clients a five year old PP mare who looked exactly like my first one only much shorter and completely untrained. I got her--Canella and began working with her. Just like Gamita Mia, all the willingness and beauty she also had, learned quickly and showed extreme intellegence. Then I noticed she had wind puffs but no signs of lameness at first. Then I began, over time, to see the signs of mild dsld, all the typical signs I had watched in Gamita Mia only milder. Thankfully, she is doing great on the treatment program and I'm able to do light rides with her even though sometimes she would like to do more than light rides Lol. Since I began riding her her swelling went down and she hardly lays down at all anymore.

Then, there's the new PP gelding I'm looking into getting whose lines have only been out of Peru for two generations with no known inbreeding. The current owner and breeder owns this gelding and his sire who is now thirty years of age, still sound enough for his grand children to ride and neither of them have any signs of dsld.

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Hi Rhiannon, it's great to read about yet another person who sees and enjoys the wonderful connection and nature of the PP breed and that you are taking such a natural approach with them.  They really are special horses :)  

It is also great to see someone speak OPENLY about the terrible affliction of dsld and i am sorry to hear you have experienced it - like so many others, sadly.

I am interested in knowing the breeding/lines of the gelding you're getting, as if we are able to purchase any more stock to export to NZ or Australia it is good to have some foreknowledge on which are the sound, long lived and 'open' lines and where to find them.  It's a hard thing to find out just by looking on line from the other side of the world, as everybody pretty much says the same thing about what they've got for sale and we cannot afford to come over and spend months travelling and looking.  It costs aprox NZ$30,000 per horse + purchase price to export to NZ so it's a big deal if we get it wrong.  We can't just throw it away and get another.



The story this geldings owner told me of his venture to Peru with a friend of his to purchase six horses and then export them to the U.S. was horrific. I'm sorry to say that apparently it's not easy to get them out of Peru because some of the local political activists who don't want them exported can make it difficult. They had six horses total they were bringing back, you know they have to go in wooden cargo boxes that allow their heads to come out of an opening. Anyhow, some of these gorillas/activists came to the horses in the middle of the night and took off the heads of five of them. This was after the horses had been carefully chosen and paid for and were waiting to be shipped. One of them that they didn't get to would be Copalito's grandfather, he's the one they brought back. I have not seen his papers yet so I can not know who his dam was, but his father is Copal.

I have looked at his lineage which made me wonder if the old owner is lying to me, though he showed no signs of deception when he told me about Copalitos lineage. We are picking him up this afternoon. We went to visit him yesterday and I took a video of my daughter riding him, he is such a sweetheart, been there done that, and sound with no swelling anywhere.

owner may or may not lie deliberately, but many do misremember names, ages, sizes, and ols family stories that change over time.


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