Generally believed to be a newer, fresher breed, Padro Horses actually have fairly obscure and mysterious origins. While active breeding and genetic trait sharing did not start earlier than the 1990s, it is believed that the horses that share the most unifying traits of Padros (although not yet named as a breed) are much older. Speckled horses like the Padro remained rare before active breeding started in the Caribbean though.
To pinpoint exact origins, we may have to track all the way back to the Noble Delisa breed, which bright and flamboyant colors may very well be the ancestral origins of the Padro Breed as we know it today. This would mean we can trace back the origins of the Padro horse to the World of Katuri, currently still inhabited by the Noble Delisa and Banagher Ponies.
Supposedly, Katuri was a world only inhabited by horses and smaller animals. When men invaded the lands, it is theorized that they took all the speckled Noble Delisa back home with them. After finding out that Noble Delisas are awfully hard to train, they released them to the wild and left them to fend for themselves. The Delisas mostly hid themselves expertly in forests and mountains and any sighting of the horses on earth are believed to be myths by some.
After many years in the wild the Delisas that were originally brought back from Katuri started to naturally evolve through heritance. The mysterious species became smaller than their ancestors and their coats became less vibrant and more resemblant of normal horse colors. Their speckling remained, however. The horses also became less temperamental and more peaceful, raising their offspring in large groups together and relying on the strongest and smartest of their group to lead them.
Emilio 'Padro' Ganchez, aka 'The Fatherly Type', discovered a secluded group of speckled Delisas in the far West of Cuba's mountains in the late 1960s. These horses had apparently never met any human beings before and against all expectations, they were unafraid when Ganchez approached the horses. Ganchez found their friendly and unconcerned nature admirable and after quite a few visits, he fell in love with the strange horse species. Ganchez began to live a secluded life in the Cuba mountains, carefully trying to breed the horses to make a smaller -Ganchez' Delisas are believed to have been 170-200 cm tall- and domesticated breed.
Emilio Ganchez was successful in spreading the breed all over Cuba in the 1980s but it wouldn't be until the Caribbean Festivals took note of these horses that the Padro Registry was created. Padro Horses were originally bred for carnival show purposes, in which their calm and willing character was very welcomed in the hectic parades. Their colorful speckling was perfect for the shows' themes and the horses are believed to have had quite a role in making the carnivals in the Caribbean popular again. The General Padro Association or GPAS is known to develop the breed further and has disclosed a lot of interesting genetics as time goes by.
Padros are spread all over the world at present day. Their calm and friendly nature has remained and these horses are perfect for inexperienced riders. They often share a very special bond with their owners, especially with children and can be used for a wide variety of disciplines, although they do best in halter shows and dressage, and aren't known to be stars in racing or jumping. Their conformation hasn't changed much from Ganchez' original horses. They have sturdy, long legs, well defined muscles and usually long necks and backs. Their height still has a huge range, from 145-195 cm.
Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt Winners
The winners from the easter egg scavenger hunt have been rolled! The prizes were as follows: Master Raffle Prize 200 points Custom Padro worth up to 40rp Tarot Card of choice Breeding slot to group horse of choice Mini-Raffle Prize 100 points Custom Padro worth up to 20rp Random Tarot Card Breeding slot to group horse of choice So, the winner for the Mini Raffle is...... shockmyworld12 (https://www.deviantart.com/shockmyworld12) ! And, the winner of the Master Raffle is...... casinuba (https://www.deviantart.com/casinuba) ! I'll be sending points out in due course For tarot cards, comment on the journal For customs, you just have to note the group with your and say where you won it (if you want me to design lmk)
Easter Reclaim Raffle - CLOSED
Another big raffle weeeee. I do need to find a lot of info still for some of the horses SO YES THEY HAVE BEEN BRED. But all the main info is there :D Please note my designs will be uploaded after the raffle and you will still only have two weeks with no extending to ref. If your name is not present on the list it's cause you didn't read the rules, try again next time! Deadline: April 15th. RULES:1. You have only two spots. You may gain one more spot by advertising through a journal or poll. You may put these spots all on the same horse or on different ones. 2. You must not have more then two reclaims pending registration (ie. the ones I'v
PadroHorse's Easter Event! Sign Up Closed!
:new: Due to everyone being super busy, this has been extended until the 29th! Please bear with us during this time - classes are finishing up and we have families and responsibilities that, especially during these uncertain times, will always come first! Thank you for understanding :D Part 1 - Easter Egg Hunt! Deadline: 17th April 2020 Like every single year, it seems, we're doing a page scavenger hunt! The Easter Bunny and his 10 eggs are hidden around the group page somewhere! Find 5 eggs, and you'll be entered into the mini-raffle. However, find all 10 eggs and you'll be entered into the master raffle! As UnknownRidersStable (https://www.deviantart.com/unknownridersstable) designed th
Import Season 2020
:new: General announcement - We're not allowing users to buy imports on behalf of others, whether or not they've asked you to or if you're just being kind. This is a fairness thing - you have to stalk your imports like the rest of us xD Import season is upon us! Notes: - Imports will be sold for points or art (free to non-padro owners) - Watch the designers to increase your chances of getting an import! ---- Mimi-McG (https://www.deviantart.com/mimi-mcg), casinuba (https://www.deviantart.com/casinuba), Eris-France (https://www.deviantart.com/eris-france), RebeccaM-Art (https://www.deviantart.com/rebeccam-art), WildOracle (https://www.deviantart.com/wildoracle), EmoAngel99 (https://www.deviantart.com/emoangel99), DreamDrifter91 (https://www.deviantart.com/dreamdrifter91), prte1 (https://www.deviantart.com/prte1), Brittstorm (https://www.deviantart.com/brittstorm), zhalia-moon (https://www.deviantart.com/zhalia-moon), MakkyFokinMcKay (https://www.deviantart.com/makkyfokinmckay), buckuroo (https://www.deviantart.com/buckuroo) - You can claim 2 imports