What's the best part of owning a Percheron?

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    11-28-2011, 12:07 PM
What's the best part of owning a Percheron?

I have always been a QH girl.... My husband bought me a Percheron for our anniversary last month. I have not been riding over the past years because of weight gain and health issues...I Said I wouldn't ride again till I lost weight or got a horse I wouldn't feel sorry for carring me around LOL. I fell in love with Mack the day I saw him!!!! I don't know much about the breed but have been doing A LOT of reading. I would like to hear other's opinions of the breed and the best way to train and deal with them. Mack is 16.2, 5 yrs old gelding. He is green broke, gelded last Feb. Was riden maybe a dozen times before I got him. Very quiet, and a big lover. Rides very well in the arena, had issues finding the gas lol. Took him on his first trail ride and couldn't find the breaks... So I know we have some work to do... but I think he is well worth the time and energy!!!
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    11-28-2011, 12:21 PM
Yay congrats on the new guy. I have only worked with carriage pulling percherons so to tell you ideas on to train would be pointless I think. But the only thing I have learned from them is they have a very good work ethic and great disposition. I have only known them to be sweethearts and gentle giants. And I have worked with 50 give or take. As for riding, treat him like any other riding horse. But ask some of the other members that have them for riding. If you look at some threads for draft pictures or half drafts pictures you can hunt them down ;P
Good luck and enjoy the present
    11-28-2011, 12:44 PM
Thank you, I'm really excited about it all. I do plan on training him to pull because I know I will get to a point with my health that I won't be able to mount but still want to be able to be active with him. I look forward to learning as much as possible!!!!
    11-28-2011, 12:48 PM
The best thing I felt with them since I was intimidated by there height at first was to get a trainer who thankfully was the guy I was working for to do the carriage rides. Its lots of ground work. If there are any gaps I found its more dangerous on the driving side then riding side. So if you need to start training I would start with ground work and work up again and make sure he has all that down :) once you have that you can go anywhere :)
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    11-29-2011, 12:59 AM
My gelding has been soooo easy to train, so trusting and hard-working. The one thing I never let go is ground manners. Because they are so big, they could really hurt you so I never let him get away with being pushy, invading my space, etc. and we do well. Congratulations!
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    11-29-2011, 01:38 AM
Now keep in mind that I've only trained one draft to be ridden, but in my experience the hardest thing was getting myself used to his height. As far as his temperament went, he was easy going, smart, and willing. He got a bit obnoxious a few times but half the time I was riding him, he was still a stud .

Congrats on your new boy and I know I am but one of many that would love to see some pictures of the big, gorgeous guy.
    11-29-2011, 08:54 PM
Pics of Mighty Mini Mack

He is 5 yrs old, stands 16.2... He are a few pictures of my big boy!!!
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    11-29-2011, 09:13 PM
Oh gorgeous gorgeous :) just love it :) have lots of fun together :)
    12-03-2011, 04:31 PM
I think the best thing is their temperment ..well and just how beautiful they are.

My boy is 17.2hh...when I first got him I thought he was huge, now he doesn't even seem that big to me anymore.

He's such a puppy dog and has no idea how big he is - he thinks he's like miniature size! I love his easy going, ho dee hum attitude.
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    12-09-2011, 03:43 AM
Best thing about my percheron girl is how sweet she is. So easy going and willing to please. Absolutely adore her temperment. Just had to include a pic
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