The Horses At Amish Country Buggy Rides
The Percheron is a breed of draft horse that originated in the Huisne river valley in western France, part of the former Perche province from which the breed takes its name. Usually gray or black in color, Percherons are well muscled, and known for their intelligence and willingness to work. Although their exact origins are unknown, the ancestors of the breed were present in the valley by the 17th century. They were originally bred for use as warhorses. Over time, they began to be used for pulling stagecoaches and later for agriculture and hauling heavy goods. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Arabian blood was added to the breed. Exports of Percherons from France to the United States and other countries rose exponentially in the late 19th century, and the first purely Percheron stud book was created in France in 1883.
- 300,000 Percheron Horses in US today.
- They cost $1,000 to $10,000 depending on training.
- They live to be 25 to 30 years old.
- They come in two colors, grey and black.
- Percherons eat 30 pounds of hay and 5 pounds of grain a day.
- Percherons are calm, diligent and can weigh up to 2500 pounds.