Silver Cloud Peruvians

Caballo Peruano De Paso

When a modern horseman sees a naturally gaited horse, he looks upon it as something unusual.  But at one time it was the horse that trots that was considered rare: and it was an everyday occurrence to see smooth, easy-in-the-saddle, naturally gaited horses.

Prior to the seventeenth century, most of the world's horses were naturally gaited.  Horses that trotted, or "bone-shakers" as they were called, were considered suitable only as pack animals or mounts for servants.  Almost all travelling was done on horseback; and since most peopel knew very little about riding, a smooth riding horse was a necessity.  Even a knight-who required a trotting horse for battle- often kept a naturally gaited horse which he would ride when travelling, leading his trotting horse along behind.

As the seventeenth century opened, it was unusual to see a horse that trotted.  At the close of the same century, for a variety of reasons, it was equally as unusual to see a horse that did not trot.  It was the most complete transformation that horse breeding has ever seen. 

As the world's other horsemen moved from naturally gaited horses to trotting horses, the Peruvians continued to esteem and breed their naturally gaited Caballo Peruano de Paso.