The World of Peruvian Paso Horses
Please, if I may I would like to ask a very genuine question and I'd also like to request that it be a civil discussion on excessive white in the Peruvian horses of today. Personal preferences and long standing traditions are involved and I know it can sometimes be a heated topic. I am not at all trying to start an arguement, I am just trying to learn something that I have not yet found enough information on my own to feel satisfied with my conclusions.
None of what I'm about to say is based on any proven facts that I have, but only based on what I've seen, and been told. Traditionally, Peruvians in the showring as well as the breeding sheds are preferred to have minimal white markings. Broken star, strip, snip markings, and low (if any) white markings on the legs, and no body white patches. I have noticed most male horses with excessive white are geldings, and most mares are lower priced that those with minimal white. Indicating it is a flaw or an undesired triat.
However, within the past several months I have seen an increase in large blazes, even extending to the bottom lip and chin, high and trailing/tracing white on the leg(s), and even some with some body splashes. Roan gene aside. I have read of a historic Peruvian breeder in Peru who had a herd of Peruvians that were well known to have the excessive body white. From what I read, he was well respected, and had very good horses. Though, I have also read that many did not approve of the excessive white and frowned on it in the show ring.
I, personally have no problems with the excessive white as I feel it has no true bearing on the quality of the horse itself. White, neither the presence of nor the lack of has anything to do with the gait, pisos, conformation, or brio of a horse. It can, occasionally cause the conformation to look different to a quick glance or uneducated eye. It can also cause an unknowing eye to confuse the breed at a glance with other "spotted" breeds. However, nicely placed white can enhance the appearance of the movement of a horse. Meaning, if you see conrtasting white legs on a dark horse, your eye can be drawn to leg movements a bit more.
I would like honest opinions on your views of "excessive" white in our beautiful breed. It may be a silly question to many, but learning something more about the breed can never be a bad thing. Thank you all so much for your time and consideration.
I realize this is an old topic, but I've thought about it myself quite a bit.
In my opinion (which I realize matters only to myself) the sabino markings are just a reminder of the Spanish blood in our breed and should not be considered in the show ring unless excessive. The problem with placing an maximally-expressed sabino is that other exhibitors may think the horse was used solely because the judge preferred the coloration. In years to follow, more and more white will be seen in the breed, likely at the cost of conformation, gait and temperament. It has happened in other breeds with other aesthetic traits.
Yes, our breed is severely culled. But with the introduction of AI, SS and FT, I hardly think it's a threat to the longevity of the breed.
I don't know... one of the things that drew me to the Peruvian shows was the traditionalism. All the riders dressed the same. All the tack the same. No shoes. An even playing field that focused on the horses alone and not how fancy things could get. How many other breeds still show that way?