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Peruvian Paso Horse

The Peruvian Paso or Peruvian Horse is a breed of light pleasure saddle horse known for its smooth ride. It is distinguished by a natural, four-beat, lateral gait called the paso llano. This breed is protected by the Peruvian government. Horses arrived in South America during the Spanish Conquest, beginning with the arrival of Pizarro in 1531. Once in Peru, they were used primarily for transportation and breeding stock in the north of Peru. Over time, Peruvian breeders kept the bloodlines clean and selectively bred primarily for gait, conformation, and temperament.