After tons of you guys help I finally bought a horse! She is a Peruvian Paso and her gait agrees wonderfully with my neck and back. So excited:)
We went on our first trail ride at home and she was great. Didn't spook at anything, tore right through the thick spots in the trail, she picks out the best places for her and her rider, she would gait really fast and smooth out in front of my sisters QH mare but when they wanted to go slow I would put her behind and she would drop down to a slow comfortable walk.
We do have a few issues. One of which she isn't used to the mounting block so she wants to walk off or step to the side, another thing she does is once I am on she wants to bolt forward. Kinda crazy but she flexes so I just pull her around and she stops. I think these will be easy fixes with a little work. I have been following Warwick Schiller on Youtube and just love his methods.
Another problem is she was a rescue and had apparently been abused. She is not too keen on new people but warms up nicely, she REALLY doesn't like men and absolutely hates the farrier who last trimmed her. Apparently they had a bad time of it and the lady just stopped picking up her feet for fear she would freak out on her like she did with the farrier. We've been working with her and I think she will get better. Just a few minutes of working with her before her vet check and the vet was able to do full flexion and hoof sensitivity tests on her with out too much of a fuss. Luckily the vet was a lady:)
One thing is she is never aggressive about anything. If she does anything its away from you and not in a threatening way... you can tell she is just scared sometimes.
Now on the trail was a whole other matter...lol... she was scared of nothing!
I have enclosed a few pics. As you can tell she is a bit chunky! She was out on 35 acres of grass. The vet says Puruvians are prone to metabolic syndrome? I think. So she says the best thing is no grass or limited amounts... which is great considering thats exactly what we have... no grass...lol.
I am going to post a few questions in other topics but if your here and not there here they are.
Gaited Saddles? Opinions? I ride in an Aussie and I think she definitely gaited better in it than she did in a western saddle they were riding her with.
Peruvian Bits? Opinions? They were riding her in a shanked snaffle with copper rollers. I have her in a shanked dog bone type bit that is thick. The chomps on it the whole ride but seems to respond well to it. I am wondering if getting an actual bit made for peruvians will help with her gait or be easier on her mouth? I am really not sure beside the obvious...ie gag bit.... what denotes making a bit harsh or soft.... i want to use the mildest thing on her I can.
Grain and Hay? Right now she is on freshly baled Rye Grass Hay with a bit of hairy vetch in it and a tiny bit of 12% sweet feed at night. They get hay twice a day not free choice. I am thinking maybe she should have less sugar in her diet but not sure which direction to go in. We won't have bermuda hay for a few months now.
Peruvians? Any experience with the breed? Thoughts? She isn't papered and I don't know how the registries work... if I breed her to a periuvian down the road can i register the baby? what about breeding her to a TWH and registering the baby Tennuvian? possible if she is not papered? What I really want to do is one day breed her to a shuffling appaloosa:) They seem to have similar gates and I love the spots! (If you can tell in one of the pics she actually has quite a bit of roaning on one of her hind quarters.)
The first two pics are from the first day I rode her.... the last pic is after we got her home.