By Francisco Marcucci
Nature and genetics have combined over time under the supervision of man to create different breeds of domestic animals, for their own benefit. In this way they have achieved the various extraordinary individual breeds that fill the desired expectations today.
Our current Peruvian horse was part of this process, a reason that should make the breeders proud, those who have made possible the existence of the specimens of the breed with a high degree of excellence.
We have all heard stories, anecdotes and comments about what was our old horse of passage, emphasizing mainly its strength, resistance, smoothness and longevity that were the desired characteristics at that time for a traveling horse able to resist great work and a horse used as a tool for field work.
I want to share with you that I was part of that process, not in Peruvian Paso horses but in our horses raised when I accompanied my father in the long distances that there were in the different towns to the farm where we lived. Nowadays I dream of memories that were part of my life and that now cause me nostalgia. With the passage of time, all this has changed, transforming into a beautiful memory.
Today’s breed of Peruvian Paso horse and other equines have specialized in the reason for which they were created, each of them own concepts of their activity.
In our horse the long distance routes, the field works and other functions that can demand great resistance were finished, without forgetting that it has that capacity, but it has to be properly trained.
In my almost 50 years of being part of the family of Peruvian horse aficionados, passing through I have been able to verify their evolution and to my humble understanding the horse has not lost its aptitudes, which keep inside it as a heritage of race.
I can express without place to be wrong that in recent years the Peruvian horse has acquired uniformity in format, finesse, size, beauty and some other virtues without losing the quality of their gait.