The Percheron’s Prestige
Author Pam Brown once stated, “A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” While all horse breeds offer humanity unequaled companionship and strength, the Percheron breed proves especially unique. The predecessors of the modern Percheron boast an impressive service record; medieval knights utilized the courage and intelligence of the breed during battle, awarding the title of war horse to the Percheron. The Percheron’s military tradition continued into modern times as the breed’s sheer size made it ideal for work as artillery horses. In spite of the Percheron’s extensive experience on the battlefield, this horse also lended its brute strength to farmers. The Percheron pulled both plows and wagons in rural areas until it was all but replaced by tractors and trucks. While this breed no longer spends its days on military campaigns or in agricultural fields, the Percheron continues to inspire horse lovers with its physical beauty and amiable personality.
The information used in this blog was found at http://www.imh.org/exhibits/online/breeds-of-the-world/europe/percheron/