Karen Nesbitt
  • Watseka, IL
  • United States
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Watseka, IL USA
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as of this writing... 10/5/14 I currently have two pure Peruvian Pasos and several other Spanish gaited horses, mostly full blooded Paso Finos, and couple Paso partbreds.

Been a horsewoman nearly all of my life but in 1976 I actually acquired my first horse which was a Quarter horse. Since then I have owned several other breeds and in 1983 I acquired my first Paso Fino horse, a mare who was with me nearly the entirety of her 33 year long life, who became the foundation of my Paso Fino breeding herd and since have enjoyed riding, training breeding and raising my spanish equines.

I have ridden countless breeds and countless numbers of Pasos and in my breeding career we raised some 40+ head which we sold local and nationally and also exported stock to Canada

For nearly 4 decades now I have done shows, demonstrations, parades, endurance riding, gaming and whatever from the back of a smooth gaited spanish deceded horse.

What brought me to the fine gaits of the Paso breeds was the fact that if it was not for them my riding career and life with horses would have ended long ago because the rigerous hard bone jarring ride of the trotting breeds which did my knees in at an early age. If it was not for the smooth gaited Paso breeds I would have never enjoyed the decades of horse ownership that I have since my first purchase!

For a once disabled rider.. they gave me the ability to put my disability aside and continue to ride! Thank you Jesus!
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Owner, Aficionado
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I am now retired enjoyng my horses.

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At 8:48am on January 18, 2015, Michele Ripley said…
Retrincas on their way this week. I finally found them, but they were filthy! I couldn't send them looking like that!
At 5:47pm on January 17, 2015, Melody Tapprich said…
Hi Karen
At 11:06am on October 2, 2014, Michele Ripley said…
Beautiful picture. I'm sorry you lost your friend.

I know what you mean about getting away. My husband and I never get to travel together. One of us always has to stay home!
At 12:24pm on October 1, 2014, Michele Ripley said…

We're going to try to do a Medieval Times trip this winter to Schaumberg. I always try to get the group a back stage/stable tour. Maybe you could join us?

At 8:33am on October 1, 2014, Michele Ripley said…

Sorry for the delay. Once I leave the office, it's a technology free zone! Yes, Nevasca is the mare with similar bloodlines to Milly. She's 21 and retired. A couple of years ago, she slipped on the ice, did the splits and fractured her pelvis. The vet thought she would have to be put down, but she had other plans. She is the lead mare in me herd. She healed and learned to run (and kick) with both her hind legs together. Looks sort of like a bunny. But boy, she still keeps everyone in line. 

Do you camp at all? The Club here has a weekend trail/camping weekend coming up. Its listed on the events page. I don't know how far away you live... Shawano is about a half hour west of Green Bay. Its a fun weekend.

I haven't been able to ride in 2 weeks! Its making me nuts. We had a huge rummage sale last weekend and we're having a Booyah party this weekend. I'm not sure if you have Booyah in Illinois. Its basically chicken soup made in a 25 gallon cast iron pot over an open fire. I'm glad you got to ride! I'll live vicariously through you!

At 3:18pm on September 30, 2014, Michele Ripley said…

Photo number 46 on my page is the mare related to Milly. 

At 2:29pm on September 30, 2014, Michele Ripley said…

Here's your other mare's extended predigree. She has some similar bloodlines to one of my mares. Milagro.pdf  Can't wait to see her pics!

At 1:16pm on September 30, 2014, Michele Ripley said…

Here's a copy of her extended pedigree for you.  Tess.pdf

At 8:21am on September 30, 2014, Michele Ripley said…

I haven't figured out yet how to change the order of the photos... let me play with it for a while and see if I can figure it out.

At 9:17pm on September 29, 2014, Michele Ripley said…

OH! Mike. & Linda Mewhinney bloodlines. Very NICE! Do you plan on breeding her?

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How do I fit a Peruvian saddle??

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 5:37pm 2 Comments

Well, ok, now I have owned a Peruvian horse for over a decade but I have never had the opportunity to acquire Peruvian tack until lately.  I have always ridden that mare in my heavy western saddle and never had any issues. I recently purchased a second full blooded Peruvian mare she came with a beautiful Peruvian bit and that pad that goes over a Peruvian saddle.  I think its called a pellonera or maybe a pellon.  Forgive my ignorance.  I will post photos of it. While I have looked at photos…

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GAITS.. the TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES....

Posted on October 4, 2014 at 11:59am 10 Comments

I was recently engaged in a conversation regarding the gait of the Peruvian horse whereby a man trying to sell his horse had insisted his Peruvian racked.  Apparently I insulted him as I told him I would not want a Peruvian that racked as the rack is not exactly what a Peruvian does and that the gaits while similiar were not equal.  He clearly stated that his horse "racked" and was not about to back down on his terminology backing up instead his statements as "this is America, I will  (blank…

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