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Percheron

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Specification

Category
  • Coldblood.
    Picture
  • Percheron   Percheron  .
    General information
  • Originally from Normandy, France.
  • One of the most elegant heavy horses.
  • The elegance is derived from the Arabian influence   Arab  .
  • Very versatile.
  • Good action.
  • Intelligent with a good temperament.
  • Popular in the USA.
    Ancestry
  • Arab   Arab  -> Heavy draught breeds   Irish Draught  -> Norman.
    Principal uses
  • Draught.
  • Occasionally for riding.
    Standard
  • Registered.

Biologic Data

Normal
Height
  • 14.3-17 hh (1.45-1.73 m).
    Colors
  • Usually grey or black.
  • Occasionally:
    • Bay.
    • Chestnut.
    • Roan.

    Physique
  • Fine head:
    • Straight profile.
    • Broad forehead.
    • Large ears.
    • Straight nose.
    • Wide nostrils.
  • Powerful long neck.
  • Prominent withers and sloping shoulders allow a free action.
  • Deep chest:
    • Prominent breast bone.
  • Short, strong back.
  • Powerful body.
  • Long croup.
  • Huge hindquarters.
  • Muscular legs:
    • Wide cannons.
    • Clean, hard joints.
    • Sloping pasterns.
  • Hard feet.
    Disease Predisposition
  • Cutaneous   Skin: neoplasia - melanoma  and ocular melanoma   Eye: neoplasia - melanoma  .
  • Cryptorchidism   Testis: cryptorchidism  .
  • Scapula fractures   Scapula: fracture - supraglenoid tubercle  .

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Hendricks B L (1995) International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 8-8061-2753-8.
  • Ball C (1994) Horse and Pony Breeds. Quintet Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85076-500-6.
  • Hartley Edwards E (1994) The Encyclopedia of the Horse. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 1-7513-011-59.

Organization(s)

  • Union Nationale Interprofessionnelle du Cheval (UNIC), 22 Rue de Penthievre, 75008 Paris, France.
  • French Ministry of Agriculture National Stud and Equestrian Sports Department, 14 Avenue de la Grande-Armee, 75017 Paris, France.
  • British Horse Society, British Equestrian Center, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LR, UK.