Excerpts from Travel Journal of Louise Jandacek
We arrived back in Lima from the Amazon and spent two days here. One spent touring the city and museums and one day at the Peruvian Paso Hacienda. The total yearly rainfall in Lima is 0.5″, however a very heavy mist hangs over the city from the ocean for 8 months, the only months with a blue sky are January-April. Fresh water supplies are a serious concern.
On the outskirts of Lima, and through two security gates …..
After driving through the city for about an hour, we arrived at the Ficus Hacienda to tour the stables, the training area and to watch a performance of these magnificent horses.
The Peruvian Paso is medium sized, usually standing between 14.1 and 15.2 hands tall. Instead of a trot, the Peruvian Paso performs an ambling four beat gait between the walk and the canter. It’s a lateral gait, in that it has four equal beats in a 1-2-3-4 rhythm. This is the preferred gait. The second gait, the sobreandando, is faster. Instead of four equal beats, the lateral beats are closer together in a 1-2, 3-4 rhythm, with a pause between. The gait is natural and does not require extensive training. Purebred Peruvian Paso foals can be seen gaiting alongside their dams within a few hours of their birth. The gait supplies essentially none of the vertical bounce that is characteristic of the trot, and hence posting (moving up and down with each of the horse’s footfalls) is unnecessary.