© Société hippique percheronne / Photo : Rhonda Cole
The Percheron horse is part of the "heavy" horse family. Unlike lighter horse breeds used for riding, the Percheron is an excellent draft horse. While its use sharply declined in the 20th century with industrialisation and the arrival of machines to work the field, it continues to be used for certain agricultural pull work, such as skidding. In addition, certain local groups use it for different jobs (e.g. garbage collection). Finally, its manners, kindness and aesthetics make it an excellent driving horse for both leisure and competition.