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How are you doing on this fine September day? Any autumn weather your way? It's still pretty hot here but at least not 3 digit weather right now.
I'm glad you all enjoyed picturing Eddie's huge size. He's 10 times the size of Pippin! I guess that shows that I deal in extremes. A really tiny horse and a really big one. Now I just need an in between! Prince should fit that bill.
My internet is not working right now which is a huge pain because I really wanted to blog tonight. I just spent half an hour trying to fix it but to no avail. So, wanting to write a bit about the history of Percherons I took out a book! Yes, a real book with paper pages! Remember those?
Due to the defeat of the Moorish Arabs (people, not horses) by the French in AD 732 the local heavy war horses that were popular with jousting knights at that time, were crossed with the small, fine horses of the defeated enemy. This was in the Perche area of Normandy, hence the name.
The Percheron is heavily influenced by these Arabians which explains why it's such an elegant draught horse. Throughout the long history of the breed, it's been extensively improved and changed according to contemporary demand.
It has excellent animated "action" in its gait, especially at the trot. So, when finer riding and driving horses were popular it was easy to breed the Percheron to fit. When heavier horses were in demand for war or ploughing, then the breed was bred heavier. Even the heavier versions of this breed have much leggier and faster gaits than most other draughts.
It seems there has never been a moment in history when the Percheron was neglected. It has always been in high demand and bred for a wide range of tasks. Still to this day it is the preferred breed for many warmbloods and for cross breeds all over the world. It is a very popular draught breed in the United States.
Eddie has amazing action when he's going at a fast trot. It's so animated and high. It just comes naturally to him. And he's very fine example of the finer, more refined breeding. He makes a great riding horse too!
I think he's beautiful but I have to admit that I also have a soft spot for the huge, heavily built tanks of horses too. And many Percherons are still that heavy, stocky build which is perfect for arduous farm labour.
So, it looks like my blog's a bit long tonight. More tomorrow! And the internet is still not working so I'll post this tomorrow. And it will be tomorrow by the time you read this.
Here's my video link for the day:
I think you'll enjoy it!
Leaving you a vote of thanks!
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