Today’s Horse Facts: The Percheron

The Percheron is a versatile horse that can be ridden or driven.


Today’s Horse Facts: The Percheron


What do you know about the Percheron breed of horses? From little up and because of Marguerite Henry’s Album of Horses book, I knew that Percherons often made their appearance as circus horses. But this interesting breed has many other uses besides carrying pretty ladies in fancy costumes around a ring at a circus.  So, let’s take our 10-question quiz and see how much you know about this muscular breed.

  1. Percherons originated in the 17th Century in a place called LePerche near Paris, France.
  2. This breed was first used for raiding and war.
  3. It eventually became popular as a draft horse, pulling stagecoaches called “diligences.”
  4. Percherons started to be shipped to the USA in the early 1800s.
  5. After World War 2, the Percheron population decreased in the USA so that by 1954, only 500 had been recorded.
  6. The breed made a strong comeback in the 1960s in large part due to the Amish, who used them for farming.
  7. As of 2009, the Percheron Horse Association of America had over 3000 horses registered in every state in America.
  8. Percherons can be any color and any combination of colors.
  9. They are used primarily as draft horses and in driving classes in shows.
  10. One of the most famous uses of the Percheron is its appearance in Disneyland Paris, where 30% of the horses are this breed.

Here are the answers. I’d be surprised if you get five correct. I probably would have gotten one or two correct:

  1. T
  2. T
  3. T
  4. T
  5. F  Only 85 were recorded
  6. T
  7. T
  8. F  Percherons are usually white, grey, or black. There are some browns, but they are not Pinto or Appaloosa in color. Roan, bay, and chestnut are allowed in America’s registry.
  9. T  But they can be shown in different classes like jumping, and crossbreeds can be trained for dressage.
  10. T  Percherons also pull the trams in the DisneylandParisPark.

If you want to learn more about this fascinating horse breed, look up these other websites to check on additional facts:

Next time we’ll visit the Norwegian Fjord breed and learn about a horse that many folks might not know much about, especially in the USA.

Happy riding!


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