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    03-22-2009, 11:31 AM
percheron owners

I know there are many of you out there! I'm thinking about buying this 18 hand percheron gelding. Hers 8 years old, being broke as of right now and I wont be getting him until around may/june. My question is, what are you experiances with owning one of these guys?
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    03-22-2009, 12:29 PM
My gelding is a cross but so far he has been amazing! We've brought him along slowly under saddle and his movement and gaits are great. He is sooooooo comfortable!! He can really jump too. He also has a really good mind. He's very trusting of us, very friendly, in your pocket kind of horse. I think just like people genetics play a role so all percherons aren't the same but overall, I think they make really nice, athletic big horses.
    03-22-2009, 12:32 PM
The woman says he's a VERY big boy. I'm getting pictures today and I'm so happy about that. 18 hands is a lot of horse but something I've delt with before.
    03-22-2009, 02:22 PM
Yes, it is a big horse. My guy is about 17.3+, 1800 lbs. Which is really big for a draft cross. If you haven't had a draft before, don't forget to consider that tack is more expensive and harder to find, they eat quite a bit of hay (mine eats about 6-7 flakes a day) and you will need an extra large trailer or a stock trailer. Sometimes it's hard to find a farrier who will work with a large horse. Other than the trailer issue, I've been able to work through the other differences.
    03-22-2009, 07:28 PM
Green Broke
My boy is 18 hands about 2200 lbs. He's a purebred out of the Justamere Showtime and Koncarlaet lines.

What experiences are you interested in specifically?

Just don't fall for the Gentle Giant crap. That gets more people hurt than anything. Percherons are a wonderful smart breed. But you need to establish trust with them.

Don't rush things. Get to the know the horse. Spend time doing absolutely nothing as well as training sessions. If a horse that big doesn't respect you, there will be problems. Lots of groundwork and bonding.

8 is really late to start a horse that big but if you're patient you're going to have a great horse.

Pay attention to what you feed them. Some people out there believe in the high fat no grain diet (I do) some people think it doesn't matter. My vet recommended it to me and it's been working just fine.

Get the book, Draft Horses an Owner's Manual by Dr. Beth Valentine. You can get on Amazon. It is THE book on draft horse care. Everything from A - Z.
    03-22-2009, 10:10 PM
Thank you solon! I have more information on him. Poor guy was negelcted and treated badly before he came to the rescue. Of course I know better then to fall for the gentle giant crap. I know to well that the one belgian at my barn will throw his weight around it he wants to. So with the perchie gelding.

The boy I'm getting is an 18 hh black gelding. I will have to get that book. I've had it recoomended before. Thank you Solon.
    04-19-2009, 01:30 AM
I LOVE Percherons, and my stable has about ten of them, so I hang out with the big boys as often as I can. Just remember - Percherons can get very, VERY big, and are not always gentle, as Solon has pointed out. Some are also very head shy, and that's due to neglect or misuse in the past. When you first get your horse you need to be watchful for little things that might set him off. For instance, I went to pick out a hoof of one of the drafts, and he started bucking right then and there, in the cross ties. One of his hooves struck me and I had to go into the hospital to make sure nothing was wrong.
Also, I don't suggest mounting until you are familiar with the horse. I like to give it a week or so before mounting a new horse, because I want to establish trust in our relationship.
I've seen so many Drafts injured by being forced into trailers that are too small for them. Percherons can get very big, and if you plan to trailer him often, make sure he will be comfortable and not too cramped in your trailer.
DON'T spoil him with treats. This teaches him bad habits. If he was mistreated in the past, and you immediately start cramming treats down his throat, the horse can get unruly and take charge. Believe me, you do NOT want a 1000+ pound animal thinking he's boss!
Hope this helped!

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