I just recently joined and I forgot to do my introduction..

My name is Tina and I am from Hermiston, Oregon. I own 2 very nice well bred Peruvian mares, that I hope to one day breed. I don't show, just trail ride. But have been involved with horses for 30 years. 

I decided to switch to Peruvians when I hurt my back and trotting was no longer an option. Now I wonder what made me wait so long to switch.

Besides owning Peruvians, I did have one Paso Fino (I didn't enjoy the attitude on that mare) and I have ridden a Missouri Fox Trotter, I found the MFT to be uncomfortable. 

Besides Peruvians, my daughter has miniatures that she does 4-H with. 

Looking forward to chatting and meeting everyone.

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Good Morning Tina,

I know exactly what you are talking about! It seems medical issues bring most of us to the breed... but why did it take us so long? We were at a big boarding stable this weekend practicing for Midwest Horse Fair. There was a big warm blood having a "minor" meltdown in the next arena over. HUGE horse. The owner had to work him on the ground for quite a while before she could actually get on him. I don't miss that. I don't miss ANY of that! What were we thinking when we wanted HUGE, HOT horses?

As we rode around the arena on our Peruvians, I couldn't help but think I was blessed. For all my aches and pains, I feel blessed. Why? Because we have a breed of horses that takes care of US. Horses we can ride well into retirement regardless of our physical limitations. Horses our kids can grow up with and put their kids on for the first time.

My daughter shook up 4-H here in Wisconsin when she got permission to use a gaited horse in all the riding events. They had to send their judges to school so they could understand the movement. She rode Western/speed/barrels. She rode English hunt seat. She rode saddle seat. Once she aged out, her horse kept competing as she mentored other kids without horses though 4-H. Peruvians are so willing and compliant. Its great to see kids experience them instead of waiting until they are old and hurt like so many of us! (Okay... "older"...)


I have wanted a Peruvian for about 18 years now, but there was never anyone in my area to talk to about them or really learn about them. Then I stumbled across a website and the owner was located about an hour from me. I scheduled to go meet the breed (and possibly buy one) however it took 2 months for them to have an available day for me to come over. It was worth the wait, we spent 3 wonderful hours riding and I was hooked. 6 months later I owned 3 of them! Those 3 didn't work out for trail riding so they went back to the person we bought them from and they went on to complete there training and 2 of them were heading for show homes. So for 3 years I searched for my next one and I found him here locally. He was a dream, but was older so I knew my search wasn't entirely done. I brought him home and 2 days later I was calling the vet to have him put down. he had rolled under a panel and when he went to stand up he snapped his back leg. I was devasted. I figured I wasn't suppose to have a Peruvian....So my husband bought me a Paso Fino, she was a nice horse with a bad attitude (but she way my favorite color a Palomino) we had her for a year and then I finally said enough of her temper tantrums. 

One day will looking for a pony on dreamhorse, I came across this gorgeous buckskin Peruvian mare. Well as my luck would have it she had already sold but there were others available. So we drove the 4 hours and went to look. I ended up buying a beautiful chestnut mare with a wonderful pedigree. 3 months later she managed to roll into the fence and hurt her back and cut her leg so she was off all last summer. She is still having some issues, which at this point I think Xrays from our University hospital are going to be needed. And through it all I ended up with another mare from the same breeder. She is an absolute dream to ride as is my first mare. Even if Hope (1st mare is never sound for riding, I will keep her and raise babies) Her temperment and pedigree need to be continued, plus she has good conformation. 

I used to ride those big warmbloods and its such a long ways to fall off. Somewhere in the last 12 years smaller has become the best! My family isn't as hooked on Peruvians yet, they can't get used to their gates but slowly they are coming around. I bet in the next 5 years Peruvians will be all we own!

I have had many horse people want to ride the girls because they are so unique and I am always happy to let them go for a spin, they are always amazed at how smooth, but fast they are. I tell them to let me know when they want to permanetly "ride the glide" I will help them find their 1st Peruvian!

Hi Tina.  My name is Lorraine.  Have had horses for about 16 years now.  Last year I was blessed with a Peruvian Mare named Jelly.  She is absolutely a dream.  Very elegant and bold.  

My daughter and I technically share riding her.


I love your mare's name...How adorable, do you have a picture to share of her?

I'm so glad you didn't give up! They are worth the wait. Yes, it is hard to find quality horses suitable for trail out there. It is sad... a breed that started out as a work horse suitable for the show ring seems to have turned into a show horse not so suitable for anything else. Don't get me wrong, there are some really good breeders out there with really good horses. But like with anything, some people saw dollar signs and bred animals that weren't really worthy of procreating. And I'm not sure what some people's definition of "quiet" or "great on trails" is exactly... certainly not the same as mine. Goes back to the dollar signs I fear.

Right now, I have 2 horses at my barn that were rescues. Both 18. One was a stallion (now gelded), the other a mare. (The lighter colored palomino in my photos with the kids riding him and the really pretty bay mare with all the crazy hair.) They are the most tried and true trail horses on my farm. I put non-riders on them, small children, timid riders... they are they kind of horses everyone looks for! So the flip side of not being able to find great horses is that some people HAVE these great horses and are not good to them. It might take a little while to get through to the rescue horse and let them know life with you will be VERY different from what they have known, but it is worth the effort. 

I agree completely. The first 3 I owned were totally show ring quality but the brains were not there to go beyond that. They were hotter than any Arabian or TB I had ever ridden and so aggitated all the time. Of the 3 only one had any potential of ever being a trail horse, and he was far from it.

But oh when you find that great one it makes all the bad ones disappear and then the real fun begins. I look forward to when I can go back to riding this summer, I have 4 more months to wait until my doctor releases me, I have riding fever so bad; but the horses are sure enjoying the time off.

I didn't get to ride for about 5 years. Once I could ride again, everything else took a back seat. Clean the house? Nope, its time to ride! Make dinner? Sorry Honey, I was out riding. Good thing my husband is REALLY understanding. He was just happy to see me happy again. You know what they say... the best thing for the inside of a woman is the outside of a horse!


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