For Immediate Release
Final 4 of 15 Peruvian Horses Saved by Colorado Residents from Severe Neglect Arrived in Arizona
Rare & beautiful Peruvian Paso stallion & mares have joined their rescued companions
(Phoenix, May 5, 2008). The last Peruvian Paso gelding and three Peruvian Paso mares who survived a severe neglect case affecting 15 Peruvian horses in Colorado have been rescued. The final four horses were rescued by Boulder resident, Rita Anderson, with the help of Colorado horse lovers, and were fostered by a compassionate Peruvian horse lover in Colorado until the middle of April when they were brought to the Conquistador Program.
In May 2007 the first 11 Peruvians were rescued by Rita Anderson and Colorado horse lovers. With much assistance from an emergency relief grant from PetSmart Charities and additional assistance from Petco Foundation and Best Friends Animal Society and by compassionate horse lovers in six states, the Conquistador Programarranged for the care and placement of the first 11 Peruvian horses who were held in deplorable conditions in Colorado.
The rescue of the final four horses brings the total number to 15 of these rare Peruvian Pasos saved by a joint effort of animal welfare organizations and horse lovers across 6 states and brings to an end a severe neglect case spanning a 20 year period. Based on evidence provided by veterinarians and by others, the person responsible for the neglect was ordered by the Boulder court to find homes for the last four remaining Peruvian horses and to have no more horses for a 2 year 3 month probation period. However, the Colorado resident violated his probation terms leading to revocation of his probation and a warrant being issued for his arrest.
The final four Peruvians were signed over to Rita Anderson and Dr. Pat Haight in early December and arrived in Arizona with the help of a kind Colorado resident .
The Peruvian horse is directly descended from the original horses brought by the Spanish to Peru centuries ago. The pure Peruvian horse has never been crossed with any other breed and can trace its lineage directly back to the original Spanish horses brought to Peru and ultimately to the 28 thousand year-old Iberian horse of Spain.
The Peruvian Paso has been called the most exciting horse in the world and is celebrated for its magnificent beauty, gentle nature, stunning presence under saddle, and its unique 100% natural from birth gait or piso, considered to be the smoothest in the world.
The Conquistador Equine Rescue & Advocacy Program is a nonprofit 501c3 equine welfare organization. Federal tax identification #20-8776240.
Last updated: 6.29.2012