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.
- Percherons originated in the 17th Century in a place called LePerche near Paris, France.
- This breed was first used for raiding and war.
- It eventually became popular as a draft horse, pulling stagecoaches called “diligences.”
- Percherons started to be shipped to the USA in the early 1800s.
- After World War 2, the Percheron population decreased in the USA so that by 1954, only 500 had been recorded.
- The breed made a strong comeback in the 1960s in large part due to the Amish, who used them for farming.
- As of 2009, the Percheron Horse Association of America had over 3000 horses registered in every state in America.
- Percherons can be any color and any combination of colors.
- They are used primarily as draft horses and in driving classes in shows.
- 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:
- F Only 85 were recorded
- 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.
- T But they can be shown in different classes like jumping, and crossbreeds can be trained for dressage.
- 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:
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