Horses are mammals that have an odd number of toes, and they belong to the taxonomic family Equidae. It is believed that humans first domesticated horses around 4000 BC. Some horses do still live wild as feral horses, according to Wikipedia. If you have ever seen a horse up close, you know that they are rather large (and to some – intimidating)!
I was lucky enough as a child to be able to go horseback riding, although, I was sitting behind the person with the reins – it was a memorable experience! One horse that first made its appearance during the middle ages is the Percheron.
According to Wikipedia, the breed originated in the Huisin River Valley in France. They are usually black or gray and are well muscled.
The Knights would use them for fighting during the Crusades. Fast forward to 1839 and the Percheron arrived in America. They were used by farmers as draft horses.
Once machines were invented, they were replaced. An average Percheron weighs up to 2,600 pounds and can be six or seven feet tall! But, don’t let their size fool you – they are gentle, loving, and eager to work.
Oh, and if you hadn’t already noticed, they are stunning! So, majestic and quite handsome! Organic farmers will still use Percheron horses instead of machines.
But, it is more common for people to have Percherons as pets. Can you imagine feeding an animal that big?!
In Great Britain, the Percheron is used for advertising, forestry and farm work and in competitions, like jumping.
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