This well known draught breed originated in the Paris basin area of La Perche – its ancestors were Arabs brought to Europe by the Moors.
Its strength and courage made it the perfect mount for heavily armoured knights in battle.
It is an outstanding farm worker and many Percherons were exported all over the world. Although massive, it is a quality horse with long, low action.
Colour: Usually grey, or black.
Height: 15.2 – 17 hands
Conformation: broad, square forehead, fine ears and prominent eyes, long arched neck with full mane (and tail), powerful chest and hindquarters, clean sound limbs and good feet.
Character: intelligent, good natured.
Uses: principally draught, but may be crossed with thoroughbred to produce a quality heavyweight hunter.
British Percheron Horse Society
Contact: The Secretary
Mrs R McDermott
3 Field Barn Cottages
Tel: 01725 511047