Percheron Disposition and Characteristics
The Percheron has a very pleasing disposition. He is a proud, alert, intelligent and willing worker. Percherons are usually black or grey, but there are also sorrels, bays, roans, etc. Many Percherons have white markings on the head and feet. Percherons range in height from 15 to 19 hands high, most are between 16-2 and 17-3 hands high. They can weigh up to 2600 pounds with an average around 1900. Percherons are noted for heavy muscling in the lower thighs and for an aspect of unusual ruggedness and power. An ideal horse should have a fairly long level croup with a big round hip. He should be close coupled and wide and deep through the chest, with plenty of back rib. The muscles of the arms, forearms, croup and gaskins plenty are especially emphasized in a good drafter, and ease and balance of gait are essential. He is also expected to be of marked tractability and an easy keeper.
The Percheron is very versatile. They are readily adapted to varying climates and conditions. They have the strength to pull heavy loads and the graceful style to pull a fine carriage. Percherons can be ridden and some have been known to make fine jumpers.
The Percheron is very handy in saving the young trees in smaller woodlot operations as they do not need a wide road everywhere they work. They can get on and work ground where even the most modern tractors fail. Their independent four-wheel drive conquers mud and snow to the shame of all man-made machines. There is a definite place on almost every farm for a team of Percheron horses, whether it be for work or play.
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