Costarricense De Paso: "Treasure of Costa Rica"
Magnificent, noble, gallant, majestic - all describe a breed of horse which few in North America have yet seen, but is a treasure of the Central American country of Costa Rica. To describe this breed of horse as breathtaking would be an under-statement, for its confirmation, temperament and movement are like no other breed of horse.
The Costarricense de Paso horse is a registered breed from Costa Rica and is extremely rare in the United States do due to import restrictions. The breed is governed by the Ascacopa Costarricense de Paso of Costa Rica.
The Costarricense, or Costa, is the end result of two influential breeds, the Iberian Andalusian and the Peruvian Paso. The Andalucían breed of horse has a long and distinguished history developed in the Spanish Peninsula, it was a blend of the Arabian and Berber horse with some mixture of English blood. The Peruvian Paso is a breed developed specifically by the people and environment of Peru; as such the Costarricense de Paso developed in physique and temperament as a result of the needs of Costa Ricans for their plantations, travel, and traditions.
"The basis of the Costarricenses de Paso is with the Berber horses that the Conquistadors left behind. In the 1800s they brought in the Andalusian in order to create a bigger, stronger breed. The intensity of the Berber horse was his ability to survive on little grass and sustenance. There is a strength in these horses that you don’t see anymore in some of the horses that we have in the United States that have been made into lawn ornaments instead of used as the amazing work horses they are. "
~ Gary Douglas, Owner
Learn more about the Costarricense de Paso horse on Wikipedia.