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Amanda - 2013-12-02
I recently acquired a 3 or 4 year old Percheron/Paint cross. I do not know exactly how old she is, she came from an auction. The man at the auction knew her mother was a gorgeous, very large black percheron mare, and her grandmother was a very large grey percheron mare and that her father was a paint and knew the lady who she was seized from (She was rescued from a dry lot) but we were forbidden from contacting the lady. My girl is between 14 and 15 hands right now, her ankles are very large in comparison to her feet and her rump is about a hand taller than her withers. How much taller do you think she might get? Keep in mind that she was malnourished which may have stunted her growth. All comments are greatly appreciated! I just want to find out as much as I can about this beautiful girl as I have started many many horses, but never a draft of any kind. Thank you!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    From its parentage, Percherons range in height from 15 to 19 hands high while Paint horses generally stand less than 16 hands high. So it could be anywhere from 15 to 19 hands high, but my guess is that it will probably be closer to the 15ish height.
  • Brenda - 2014-01-07
    From what I have learned she is as tall as she will get, but will get bulkier. Around 5 years of age percherons will mature.
  • Kimberly Dixon - 2014-03-10
    I, too, rescued a malnourished Percheron at the age of about 2. We have come a long way! He is almost 17 hands and beautiful! The correct diet and the room to run has made such a diference with him. I think Max has topped out and will not get any taller but he is thickening up quite well. The vet said his muscle mass would not be as thick as a well nourished foal would have been but he is very thick and has the beautiful thinck percheron neck so I think it all depends on how they are fed and the conditions they are rescued to. Good luck, this big boy of mine is the best horse I have ever owned and I have 26 on my farm!
  • Jae - 2014-08-25
    Keep in mind y'all, that draft horses can grow until they are 7 or 8 years old. The bigger ones tend to take a longer time to grow, which include other breeds (except thoroughbreds, which grow too fast for their joints. [I have a TB]). My brother's quarter horse was over four when he grew another hand, topping out at 16 hands. My husband's 2-year-old percheron is between 14 and 15 now, has the largest butt in the herd, and has started on another growth spurt. I had hoped he won't be over 16 hands when he's done (for my husband's sake; he just isn't that limber.); but, seeing as there are about 5 more years of growth...I guess my husband will have to start taking pilates.
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Maddy - 2010-05-28
I love this horse! My mom bought me 2, a female and a male. They had ponies... they were so cute! I love these horses!

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  • Anonymous - 2010-10-23
    Uh, baby horses are called foals...not ponies....
  • Anonymous - 2010-10-23
    If you don't know that a male=a stallion or gelding, and a female is a mare... And that babies are foals... You really shouldn't have a mating pair... Even though these guys are really sweet and wonderful... Stallions are...well, stallions...
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-19
    Maddy, why did your mom get you a 'stallion' amd a 'mare'? If you what to breed Shires or any horses, NEVER get a stallion (unless you are a proper horse breeding stud) If you are desperate to breed your own foal, get only a mare that is over 3 years old then, get a stallion at stud to breed your mare. Hope you like the foal(s) you bred. Also, I would recommend that you sell your stallion for your sake and his. By the way: baby horses are called Foals NOT ponies!
  • Response to Anonymous - 2013-01-19
    You really don't have to be so RUDE to her, maybe she is only 10 and just learning about horses.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-12
    I am 12 and I've been riding for 5 years. I know what a stallion, mare, colt,filly and gelding is. If you can buy 2 horses as easily as that, and breed them, you need to learn some stuff
  • Anonymous - 2014-08-08
    I love shires too and would be so happy if I was able to have two, regardless of their gender and no matter what you call them foals are absolutely adorable!
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peter pickering - 2014-08-02
Re Clydesdale Horses. Small point. Your article mentioned "feathers", the long hair on the lower part of the legs. The correct term is "feather", no "S". Feathers are on birds. Sorry to be so pedantic but can someone delete the "s".

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  • David Brough - 2014-08-02
    Consider it done... These guys are definetly not flying around the barnyard..Thanks!
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Debbie M. - 2010-06-26
I have just bought a Percheron gelding and every time I look at him, his noble manner and bearing takes my breath away. He is the first Draft Horse I have ever owned and I can only hope to do right by him.

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  • Tom Lincoln - 2010-07-24
    Stephanie and I have just done the same. His name is Odin.
  • Amanda - 2010-08-05
    I am just in the waiting for my little guy to be ready to leave mommy and come home. I am excited but nervous, and feel the same way hopfully I do right by him. Plan to show him and wow what an awesome trail rider he will be.
  • JoJo - 2010-08-18
    Debbie, I am taking delivery on a Percheron gelding also. My first draft, finally a horse I feel small with. He is a liver chestnut, though, and everyone keeps telling me he has to be a cross as they don't come in that color. But with no papers, I can't prove pureblood.
  • catelyn - 2014-04-23
    It does come in chesnut.
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chyendra - 2014-01-18
I like horse stories becouse I had a horse once

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  • Anonymous - 2014-03-08
    I. Love. Horses.
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Connie Anderson - 2014-02-22
My first horse was and is a Percheron. His name is Maximus. He's 16.3 and I would say about 1800 lbs. He turned 9 this year, and he's at a ranch in Colorado with his family. I left there to take work somewhere else, but I miss him so much. I saw him at Christmas and he was so kind and receptive to me...after he was done eating of course. I can hardly wait to spend time with him this spring and summer. I'm so proud of him and he knows it. He still is amazing to me. All horses are magnificent creatures. I think I'm going to get a tattoo of his head on my other shoulder. Thanks for letting me talk about him.

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Kimberly Dixon - 2013-07-17
I just rescued an approximately 18 month old Percheron gelding who is underweight but not terribly malnurished at this point. I have always had quarter horses and have never owned a draft. I am at a loss as to what to feed him and when to start training him with a saddle. I have heard so many opinions and none around here has experience with a draft. Can you please give me some ideas. I know I am going to clicker train him as I did my quarters but when is my question. This is the most loving and sweetest baby I have ever rescued I don't want to discourage him from being that way.

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  • Crystal Komenda - 2013-07-28
    Greetings! I have owned a Percheron Mare for 10 years now. She was a driving horse and when I got her at the age of 11 decided to try her out as a trailhorse. She took well to Natural Horsemanship and trailriding. I think that as long as you use the 'Release is Reward' way of thinking that no matter what kind of training you do, you will be fine. I am very excited for you and wish you many many years of wonderful enjoyment with this animal!
  • Kimberly Dixon - 2013-08-07
    Thank you so much. My challenge with him now appears to be keeping him in a fence. He has realized he can push down the vinyl fencing and get out so he goes into everyone else's pasture. Not a fan of electric fencing but this may be the time I have to use it. Any suggestions on training him to stay in?
  • Brenda - 2014-01-07
    I did not like electric fence either. With these draft horses and as big as they get you need an electric fence. It's not bad really I've been zapped a few times myself. They only have to hit it once or twice and they remember ! I have worked with the percherons for five years now and we have had as many as twelve percherons in pastures, none of them get out of the electric fence. Now the foals will go under the fence and get out. Once they touch the electric fence they remember. It is for their safety...
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charli watkins - 2011-04-12
I have a clydesdale and he is so handsome his name is Merlin. Me and my mum do absolutely anything for him. He is 21 now but even though he is getting slower I think he still has alot of life left in him. He does suffer with feet problems and lots of money has gone into it and I was wondering if they are common to get problems like that? I do advise if you buy one to rug them in the winter by the time they are 18 beacuse they start using all of the food you give them to keep them warm and become anorexic.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    A Clydesdale is a big guy and from what I have read, many are subjected to feet problems. He is older and even us humans have foot problems as we get older. There are various foot balms that are recommended - I don't know if they work or if they help. The way I look at it is if they are natural then what can it hurt. I have a litle amazon who is 27 and he has arthritis in his toes. Now I can't give him aspirin but he gets around just fine.
  • Linda Gregson - 2013-11-28
    We have a beautiful now 12 year old mare. We have had her since she was 4. Her temperament is lovely and she is easily loved, but she has in the last 12 months had feet problems which started with Mud rash on all 4 feet. After various treatments we got rid of it on all four feet and then one came back. It has been and still is a nightmare. We are hopefully getting somewhere now. Her feet have been constantly washed with various solutions and treatments, some have helped but still not gotten rid of it. It was diagnosed as pastern dermatitis. She has also been lame. Some of the treatment I fear has caused her a foot rot/thrush condtion to her frog. That I fear was an antibiotic solution used after the wash for the last couple of months. I am now trying a Tasmanian Kunzea oil mixed with Dermosolve. Hopeful. We have her also on seaweed in her feed and have started on Echinacea to try and build some of her immune back after endless antibiotics.
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JeffandDebbie Conwell - 2013-07-10
Our Clydesdale has growths under her feathers about 4 inches up from backside of all four of her hooves. They look like duclaws or very weird growing nails. Any idea what this is?

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  • Loren - 2013-10-12
    I have been told by my farrier that these are perfectly normal, and when you get your horses feet trimmed next ask the farrier to cut them off. I have to admit I was a bit freaked out when I saw them for the first time.
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Claire - 2013-03-20
Beautiful horse!

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  • lilly - 2013-10-04
    I think they are more than beautiful I love them to bits and I have one of my own called beth.
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