Have been involved in the Peruvian Horse breed since the 1990s when my mom bought her first Peruvian Horse and then began her own breeding program. I fell in love with everything about the Peruvian Horse, and in 2001, my mom sent me 6 horses to start my own ranch.
I scaled down my herd to 8 in 2009 and relocated from IL to TX. This past year I lost my last mare, JJB Tormentosa. She was a grand old lady of 28 years old. Although I am currently without a Peruvian Horse, this breed is in my blood and I feel so fortunate to have met so many truly wonderful people through my association with the breed.
Thank you accepting my request to join. About two months ago my husband I adopted a PP made (15yo chestnut) and 2 weeks later we abopted her pasture-mate (7yo bay). We're new horse owners, so everything is new to us, for the most part. I have horse handling in my blood, so while it does not give me knowledge it gives me drive to do right by these mares.
The chestnut was under weight when we adopted her, the rancher claimed that her last foal had been left with her far too long (a year) and had only recently been taken from her. She was so then I could see her ribs and the protruding spine. That being said, she has yet to be under saddle in my care, and has been filling out nicely with an abundance of feed. Not too much, don't want her getting sick from overeating! She and I have been developing our friendship while she recovers her weight, and much as I'm eager to ride her, I'm good with just showering her with affection until I can. She came to us as MCM Carisma, and we shifted it only slightly to Charisma, because she is full of it.
Our second made was adopted at riding weight, but she's a bit more antsy so there hasn't been a lot of riding going on so far. My husband did put her under saddle once and tried to ride her, but she and he were so new to each other that it didn't go so well. He didn't fall off, thankfully, but I think it strained the burgeoning friendship between them. He's been correcting that and bringing her around since. She came to us as MCM Ilusionada, and we shifted it to Illusionada.
Anyway, we noticed pretty early on that Charisma's rear fetlocks were pretty low, and started doing research on it. My husband suspects it's Dropped Fetlock, but since all his reading indicates the only sure way to diagnosis it is an autopsy, we're not all that eager to confirm. He has been treating them with supplemental herbs and vitamins, which appear to have helped some. Both of our mares are currently barefoot, and seem to adjusting well to their new homes.
So that's my story. My mom, aunt, and grandmother all had\have horses, Quarter horses mostly, so the horseman blood is there, but I'm not silly enough to think that means I know enough of anything not to be open to advice and tips along the way. Hence why I joined this site; where better to get breed specific information on my beautiful new friends, than on a breed specific website with potentially knowledgeable people.
Thank you Laura. I am glad to meet you. I have a little Peruvian mare - a rescue - she came with the name of Faith, which I did not change. We are very good friends. She is a wonder to ride - so smooth and fluid! I have no idea of her breeding or antecedents - I was told she was originally "extremely expensive", but went down the hill of owners who started out with great enthusiasm and lost money or interest. I do know she was used as a parade or "show horse" to illustrate the Peruvian gaits - and I have a snapshot of her doing that. But she was abandoned at some point after that - and that's all I know. She is a bright red chestnut (even her eyelashes are red) with dark red mane and tail. Her tail is very long (touches the ground) but her mane is relatively short and a bit 'bush-y'.
Thank you so much for inviting me to join PHW. I look forward to long association with you!