After the invention of gunpowder, the Percheron was no longer needed as a war mount. Thus, it went from being a battle horse to pulling the heavy coaches. It was well-suited for the task. It was prized for its power and endurance, and not only did it pull the coaches of the rich and powerful, it was also used to pull the heavy mail coaches. However, this did not last long because the train soon came into being. Soon, this horse started appearing not only in the cities but also in the county, doing various tasks. The breed was being modified to accommodate the new jobs. Thus, it became even bigger and heavier and was used in plowing and farm work along with being used in the city, in dock work, and for hauling goods from one place to another.
This is why this horse is believed to be such a versatile breed. It is a favorite in the logging industry because it is able to go places where a tractor can’t, and does not need roads either. This comes in handy when there are young trees that shouldn’t be damaged. It is used on farms to this day, and has a reputation for being an excellent jumper and pleasure riding horse.