The Mighty Percheron Horse


The gentle giant known as the Percheron Horse, originated in the Le Perche, a province in France. Originally bred as a war horse, later they were used extensively as a heavy coach horse pulling stagecoaches, as the all-important working horse on farms, working on the docks pulling loads, and in logging operations
Today's Percheron might be seen pulling a fancy carriage, either as a single or in a team of 2, 4, 6 or more. He might be competing in driving events, plowing a field or even being ridden. The Percheron is usually black or grey, but chestnuts, bays and roans exist in small numbers. Small amounts of white markings on the feet or head is acceptable. They range in height from 15 to 19 hands high and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds.

Black Jack competing in driving event - photo courtesy of Once Upon A Time Carriage Service

Black Jack and his beautiful carriage - photo courtesy of Once Upon A Time Carriage Service

These beautiful, strong and elegant horses aren't as common in the US as they were many years ago, when there was plenty of work for the noble draft horse. But look around, and you will still see beautiful horses like Black Jack, making special memories for customers, while just doing his job.

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