The Homogenized Horse

Written By Cheryl Aldrich

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Note from the Author: While you are reading this article please keep in mind that it is not my intention to insult any particular breed. There are many great horses in all the breeds mentioned in this article, but as a HORSE lover I am trying to point out trends in the American horse breeding industry. History repeats itself. Peruvian Horse owners as well as owners of other Spanish breeds should think about what they are trying to accomplish and what direction their breed is heading.

The Peruvian Saddle: A time-honored tradition

Written by Cheryl Aldrich in 1992

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After hundreds of years of continued development, it is difficult to improve upon the functionality of a Peruvian saddle. It is similar to the saddles ridden by the knights around 1450 to 1500 and to the Estradiota saddle used in the first half of the 1600's which was designed to be as comfortable as the horse upon which it sat. The trees of these early saddles as well as the tree of the Peruvian saddle were made to hold the rider in the horse's center of balance with legs in a relaxed position and only a slight bend at the knee, the seat of a classical balanced rider of yesterday and today.

Understanding Angles

First written By Cheryl Aldrich in 1993

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Until the late 1900's Mother Nature was the judge of equine conformation as it relates to soundness and performance. Always impartial in her selections, sweet personalities, current fashion or pretty heads did not sway her judgments. Only animals with good mental capacity and built correctly to withstand the stress of daily survival lived to reproduce. This style of natural selection developed tough strong animals. After man made horses his servants, the selection process did not differ much at first from that of Mother Nature. Every animal had to do its job, if he couldn't work, it was turned out in the wild to survive on its own. Only the strong survived.

A Judge's Perspective: Judging the Peruvian Horse

Article written by Cheryl in 1992

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Until the invention of the automobile, the horse was man's primary means of transportation, a decided advantage in warfare, and a convenient way to manage other livestock. Each geographical area of the world created breeds of horses suited to the needs and temperaments of its people. The practical, hardworking American colonist developed the Tennessee Walker and Narragansett Pacer for comfortable travel, and the Quarter horse for working cattle. Nez Perce Indians developed a fast, strong, agile horse to cope with mountainous terrain. The idea of a pleasure or show horse did not develop until the horse was no longer essential to man's everyday existence.