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post #1 of 10 Old 07-31-2007, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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New to Percherons!

I am getting my very first Percheron. And I'm terribly excited! Does anyone want to give me there two cents about the breed?

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-31-2007, 08:28 PM
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uh lol i wish i could help but i don't know alot about percherons i did look into them and thought they were a cool breed though and looked at a couple for sale but all i really know is that they are really tall and stocky. Well most are lol. I hope i helped a little...? maybe probably not though oh and they can jump apparently too because i saw one for sale that could jump it was cool. Well sry thats about all i can do for you at the moment.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-31-2007, 09:27 PM
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hi..
i know that they are are heavy breed,percherons originated from france and they are mixed with arab blood.usually standing around 17hh and over, the smaller kind is known as a percheron postier. and if i remember correctley they are usally dapple grey/grey in colour.
when i used to work at a riding school there was a percheron there named whinny,she was massive but very comfortable to ride, her canter was like a big old rocking chair,i dont think she could jump all that well.
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-31-2007, 09:29 PM
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I have seen percherons come in black too i noticed that also seems to be a common color in them. I used to think it was only grey ones lol.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-03-2007, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys for the info - I'm actually looking for more personalized information about people that might have been, or are now, owners of the breed. I'd like to know more about personality and any possible health issues. So far in all my research - they seem to be my kinda horse! Haven't heard anything negative, although drafts typically tend to be more "sluggish." What does anyone know about this?
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-16-2007, 11:24 AM
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I recently purchased a Percheron x Paint - only a half Percheron, but I can give my two cents. My guy has a super temperament - very friendly and such - and is very quiet, even at 3 years. Doesn't spook at much.

However, he is less sensitive than say a thoroughbred. He requires a bit more motivation, but that's okay, because it's easier to teach a horse to go than to stop and a much less dangerous feat. My guy is really comfortable, has smooth, fluid, ground-covering gaits, and has a soft mouth - he's very bendy. They CAN jump, no matter what people will tell you, but they aren't the athletic showjumpers that you'll be taking into competitions of course. They also aren't really suited for certain types of showing unless you're doing unrated shows or draft undersaddle shows - for instance, they wouldn't excell in hunter/jumper classes. They are often seen in dressage, field hunting, eventing, foxhunting, etc. They also make good trail horses.

As far as the bad - if you look up general problems draft horses have, that would apply to the Percheron breed. A lot of draft horses require oil in their feed. If you're going to be using him as a riding horse, I'd probably look into a feeding regimen that might add a bit more energy, because they have naturally calm dispositions. They are working horses though, so they are used to going for long periods, but they aren't used to going for long periods intensely - that's the difference. They are bred to work long and slow.

The main issues I'm having with my guy are on the ground. They are bigger and less sensitive, so they generally require you to be more firm when handling them. They can get pushy and walk on your toes and stuff, not in a menacing way, but just because they are more dull and therefore become more disrespectful of wee little humans. I'm trying the Clinton Anderson Ground Control & Respect series to fix that area with my gelding.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-17-2007, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks JayDee! That was most helpful. I'm actually considering getting a Percheron cross rather than a full blooded Percheron, specifically because of there laid back dispositions!
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-18-2007, 02:38 PM
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the percheron are famous horse in my contry.
they are many breeding.
we can find many faol for low price. (75£ for foal and yearling).

it are a very good horses
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-18-2007, 03:50 PM
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Congrats Percheron Girl! Draft horses are so beautiful, especially Percherons. They have the prettiest head and originated from Arabians.
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post #10 of 10 Old 09-06-2007, 11:46 AM
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Percherons are wonderful horses! I took care of a stable and one of the horses was a percheron. He was SO sweet, laid-back and when I rode him he was kinda sluggish like mentioned above. He was really bouncy and had a huge gait but was really fun to ride. So yeah, he could have been considered lazy! LOL He was HUGE, about 17.2 hands I think and his feet were gigantic. I loved that horse, I was so mad when I found out that the owner GAVE him away. He was a flea-bitten gray and just an amazing animal. I would totally have taken him if I had known she was doing that. Good luck and they are a great breed.
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