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    09-25-2010, 01:20 AM
  #1
Weanling
Smile Percherons

Please share everything you know about the breed. If you have pictures feel free to include them.

I'm mainly interested in how they would do in low level dressage..
     
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    09-25-2010, 01:30 AM
  #2
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I've only ever ridden one purebred P. He was a very kind horse very big. His owner used to jump him alot and took him 'foxhunting" in the American SW where they would run pell-mell across the sage and chase coyotes (like dingos). Bonneville could jump like no tomorrow, but he had trouble backing up and turning around in his stall . As for dressage, I know a lot of folks who show P/crosses and they are lovely.
     
    09-25-2010, 01:59 AM
  #3
Weanling
I've heard they are meant to be great jumpers?
     
    09-25-2010, 03:25 AM
  #4
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Yeah, he showed me this photo of the big guy jumping over a pickup truck! Made an impression on me, it did. I am not a jumper. Too scared of it. (kinda wimpy, I know)
     
    09-26-2010, 12:39 AM
  #5
Green Broke
This link should give you a bunch of information.

calling all Percheron owners or even draft owners!
     
    09-26-2010, 12:47 AM
  #6
Weanling
Thanks!
     
    09-27-2010, 04:45 AM
  #7
Foal
Percherons suited for dressage?

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Originally Posted by AztecBaby    
Please share everything you know about the breed. If you have pictures feel free to include them.

I'm mainly interested in how they would do in low level dressage..
They can do low level and much much more....

Look up Cottonwood Flame on the internet. Dressage Stallions; Portmanteau, Brentwood, FHF Thunderstick (Thor),Carrington, Vance, Cottonwwood Flame

He was Grand Prix level dressage. He had a Piaffe equal to any school master I have seen. If you are interested in dressage look for a modern built Percheron. The kind they would use in the big hitches. They are less bulky and a little leggier. Sort of the appendix quarter versus bull dog quarter of the Percheron world.

Percherons have a natural athleticism and almost catlike shoulder freedom. My mare can lift one foot up and out and rest it on the middle rail of her pipe corral when she wants attention. They have a little too much action for some dressage thinking people but I don't care.

In the 1800s they were the horse of chioce for hauling big wagons on the docks for a reason. And for pulling the fire engines.... They have a reputation for always knowing where their feet are. I saw my own girl back out of a wood pile stepping over logs when she couldnt turn around to get out... she had gone in there for a tid bit to eat.

I have heard some people write they wont canter. Oh they will. I have pictures of My mare in full flight with my trainer aboard. Julie says she has a rocking horse canter. If the horse was originally trained to pull a carriage or cart he was discouraged from cantering. So it may take some practice and encouragement to get it.

There are some limitations to the way you can condition them. They have more short twitch muscle the kind of muscle for strength and less long twitch for aerobic things like running. Conditioning for endourance has to be taken slow and care made to keep them from becoming over heated they don't have an efficient cooling system. But once in condition it taks just a little mantinence to keep them that way.

Good Luck with your dressage search

Deb
     
    09-27-2010, 04:51 AM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by perchie girl    
They can do low level and much much more....

Look up Cottonwood Flame on the internet. Dressage Stallions; Portmanteau, Brentwood, FHF Thunderstick (Thor),Carrington, Vance, Cottonwwood Flame

He was Grand Prix level dressage. He had a Piaffe equal to any school master I have seen. If you are interested in dressage look for a modern built Percheron. The kind they would use in the big hitches. They are less bulky and a little leggier. Sort of the appendix quarter versus bull dog quarter of the Percheron world.

Percherons have a natural athleticism and almost catlike shoulder freedom. My mare can lift one foot up and out and rest it on the middle rail of her pipe corral when she wants attention. They have a little too much action for some dressage thinking people but I don't care.

In the 1800s they were the horse of chioce for hauling big wagons on the docks for a reason. And for pulling the fire engines.... They have a reputation for always knowing where their feet are. I saw my own girl back out of a wood pile stepping over logs when she couldnt turn around to get out... she had gone in there for a tid bit to eat.

I have heard some people write they wont canter. Oh they will. I have pictures of My mare in full flight with my trainer aboard. Julie says she has a rocking horse canter. If the horse was originally trained to pull a carriage or cart he was discouraged from cantering. So it may take some practice and encouragement to get it.

There are some limitations to the way you can condition them. They have more short twitch muscle the kind of muscle for strength and less long twitch for aerobic things like running. Conditioning for endourance has to be taken slow and care made to keep them from becoming over heated they don't have an efficient cooling system. But once in condition it taks just a little mantinence to keep them that way.

Good Luck with your dressage search

Deb
Thank you VERY much, very informative. I will go take a peek at that stallion now.

How do you think one of a more in-between build would cope? Not super heavy and cart horse like but not the really modern type either?
     
    09-27-2010, 05:22 AM
  #9
Foal
dressage is for all

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Originally Posted by AztecBaby    
Thank you VERY much, very informative. I will go take a peek at that stallion now.

How do you think one of a more in-between build would cope? Not super heavy and cart horse like but not the really modern type either?
It really depends on the horse. Katee is like that. Kind of half and half. She's small only seventeen hands and about 1600-1800 lbs. She has alot of get up and go... She will go untill she can't get enough air into her lungs fast enough. Unfortunately my riding and dressage days are over. I bought her with the idea of doing dressage with her. But a snapped ACL and health issues have me sidelined for riding. I do drive and still have hopes of doing some cones or a little driven dressage. I just have to build a new carriage.

Just remember Its like all individuals just because they are a througbred doesnt mean they like to run... just because they are built to pull stumps doesnt mean they have any heart in it... LOL. You just have to find the right horse that fits in with your personality.

WRT dressage.... ALL horses can do and benefit from dressage. The term dressage is french for training. There are several schools of thought on dressage. Just like there are schools of thought for western. But each horse and rider benefits by becoming flexible strong and balanced. A side effect is you have to learn to communicate in order to do it.

I personally prefer Classical dressage low and slow and not pushing a horse before they are ready physically and mentally. No crank or flash Nosebands. Ah but I digress...

Deb
     

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