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Meet Our Gentle Giants, the percheron horses of Thunder Bay Resort
The gentle giants of Thunder Bay certainly qualify for the title.
"We stand over 6 feet at the shoulder and near 8 when our proud necks are arched displaying our willingness to safely haul our honored guests. Most are amazed at our dinner plate size steel shoes that weigh over 2 pounds each. We try to be careful where these big feet land as they are carrying over a ton of our weight. Our handlers likewise try to be very aware of where these shoes will be placed as we always win when compared to the tiny leather boots of our handlers. We ask that our guests likewise be aware that we cannot always know where you are and that you give us the respect and space that an automobile sized animal deserves. We weigh over a ton apiece.
At the trot our rhythm matches the beat of popular songs like "Over the River" and "Jingle Bells." In winter we wear bright brass bells to compliment the rhythmic beat of our steel shoes. These winter shoes have special carbide studs on them so we can work on icy trails. Our farrier also adds plastic pads between the shoe and our hoof to prevent snow and ice from accumulating. In the winter we grow a thicker coat to allow us to work in freezing temperatures. Spring brings shedding but this corresponds with the mud season when we have a few weeks of vacation. By summer our coats are slick and shiny again.
We come in various colors; brown, black and dapple grey. Chestnut Brown signifies the Belgian breed; black the Percheron; and dapple grey, Percheron also. We are all cousins, so to speak, and are considered draft horses. The "Budweiser" Clydesdales are also draft horses. They sometimes appear to be larger, but in reality they are only a bit taller and some would say not as strong as we are.
We enjoy our work and extend a cordial invitation to you to join us for a unique and enjoyable event."