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post #11 of 45 Old 05-11-2008, 06:36 PM
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Hi!

Percherons are the greatest. I've had mine for 9 years. And actually they are not more expensive to feed. It's a misconception that because they are bigger they eat more and that just isn't the case.

My boy eats the same amount asmost of the other horses where I board - which is 2-3 flakes in the a.m. and 2-3 flakes in the evening. NO grain. There is a draft specific diet that involves high fat that my boy is on. He also gets a cup of corn oil and two scoops of MSM for his hooves.

The things that are more expensive is farrier and sometimes it's REALLY hard to find a farrier that will work on drafts. My boy is 18 hands and about 2100 lbs. I keep him barefoot, he does really well.

Personally I find mine easy to handle - but that has to do with a very solid foundation of groundwork and training. He's big so he's not as collected as maybe a cross would be, but it also depends on what you really want to do with them. I have found their personalities to be just amazing. They are smart and once you earn their respect very loyal.

Once you get a draft you won't want to go to a light horse again!



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post #12 of 45 Old 05-11-2008, 06:46 PM
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I LOVE HIM
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post #13 of 45 Old 05-11-2008, 07:08 PM
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Some additional pictures:

Solon and his best friend (who was sadly put down earlier this year due to colic)



Fave pasttime - eating!



Fun in the pasture:



His first medieval show - he was just a baby (well, had just turned 4).

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post #14 of 45 Old 05-11-2008, 07:10 PM
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The most beautiful horse I have ever seen. Thank you for posting! You have obviously done a lot of wonderful work with him!
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post #15 of 45 Old 05-11-2008, 07:13 PM
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Thanks again! He's just such a great horse, so of course I tell everyone to get Percherons. He still has his 'you're-not-the-boss-of-me' moments but he's a sweetie with a really good attitude.
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post #16 of 45 Old 05-13-2008, 11:07 PM
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Is your guy a stud?
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post #17 of 45 Old 05-13-2008, 11:37 PM
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He's a gelding. He'll be the big '11' next month.
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post #18 of 45 Old 05-13-2008, 11:41 PM
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Aww that's adorable...hehe he's soooo cute!
I love big horses.

Ride more, worry less.
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post #19 of 45 Old 05-14-2008, 03:04 PM
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I just read a really awesome book that i would recommend to everyone called The Soul Of A Horse by Joe Camp. He uses a lot of Monty Roberts training techniques and learned A LOT about horses through it and he did a lot of research on what is best for horses. I'm telling you I learned a ton from this book and one of the most important things I learned is that horses SHOULD NOT wear shoes. It is one of the worst thing for them. Their hooves are made to flex which helps circulate the blood from their legs. When they have shoes the hooves can't flex and it makes their hearts have to work much harder. Which is also why they shouldn't be stalled. They need to move around to keep things working properly. They are much healthier this way and live much longer.

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post #20 of 45 Old 05-14-2008, 03:06 PM
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That is so not true.
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