Originally Posted by smrobs
I do know that percherons tend to be just a little bit more 'up' than other breeds because they are one of the hotter blooded drafts.
My first and only horse is a registered Percheron mare. Percherons have quite a bit of Arabian in them, and they've definitely kept some of that spirit. They are considered by many to be the most intelligent draft breed, and many use this intelligence in a way that would be considered to be "mischevious" or "clever". My girl knew exactly how to passive-agressively take advantage of inexperienced me when I first got her. For example, she would intentionally spook because 1) she didn't trust me, and 2) I would get scared and get off, and she'd get out of work.
However, I would NOT say that she is a mean or cold-hearted. Many people say she is one of the kindest horses they've encountered. A year later, our trust and respect is mutual, and I couldn't have a better riding partner. She is now bombproof on trails, and she'll tank up hills that I wouldn't trust other horses on. She'll go through anything, and she'll plow on longer than many of the Quarter Horses we ride with.