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Magnificent Shire horses are one of the workhorse breeds that helped to create modern society. Giants of the equine world, they were once a familiar sight in country and town as they ploughed the land, delivered goods and helped to move railway carriages from place to place on station yards. Today, it is mainly specialist draught horse enthusiasts who buy a Shire, though these mighty horses are also becoming popular as riding horses. With their imposing presence, relaxed and amiable manner, and impressive flowing feathers, Shires immediately attract an enthusiastic crowd whenever they appear in public. While it’s perhaps not as straightforward to sell a Shire as it is some riding horse breeds, these gorgeous animals do have a devoted following and can be found taking part in some important ceremonial activities, as well as undertaking traditional delivery and farm jobs.

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Shire Horse Mix, Gelding, 5 years, 16 hh, Black Trail - Versatility Ranch Horse - Cowhorse - Western
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US-82501
Kinnear, WY
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 15 years, 17 hh
F: CAERBERLLAN BUSKOT | MF: DOTHAN MASTERPIECE
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Thundering Hooves Shire
DE-83313
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 1 year Shire ColtLeisure - Show
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whitegate
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Shire Horse, Mare, 3 years, 16 hh, Gray
F: SKOVLYS BUTLER
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Thundering Hooves Shire
DE-83313
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Shire Horse, Mare, 3 years, 16 hh, Gray
F: SKOVYS BUTLER | MF: DDRYDWY SILVER ISLAND
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DE-83313
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 1 year Shire ColtMating - English Pleasure
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whitegate
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Shire Horse, Mare, 1 year, 18 hh, Black
F: FIVE HILLS JESSE
Leisure - Breeding - Driving - Dressage
Marieke Vink
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 4 years Big Shire StallionShow - Mating
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whitegate
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 7 years, Black Approx 19hh Black StallionMating - Show
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Whitchurch
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 4 years Big Shire StallionShow - Mating
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 1 year Black Shire ColtShow - Mating
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 1 year Shire ColtLeisure - Show
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whitegate
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 7 years, Black Approx 19hh Black StallionMating - Show
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Whitchurch
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 1 year JET black Shire colt.Show - Mating
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marbury
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Shire Horse, Mare, 1 year, 18 hh, Black
F: FIVE HILLS JESSE
Leisure - Breeding - Driving - Dressage
Marieke Vink
NL-7843TC
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Shire Horse Mix, Gelding, 5 years, 16 hh, Black Trail - Versatility Ranch Horse - Cowhorse - Western
Cody Horse Sale
US-82501
Kinnear, WY
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Shire Horse, Mare, 14 years, 17 hh, Brown Leisure
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€4,800
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 1 year, 16.2 hh, Black
F: LOCKLEY DRAGO
Endurance - Breeding - Leisure - Driving
DE-27612
Loxstedt-Stotel
€7,000
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Shire Horse, Gelding, 4 years, 17.1 hh
F: ROOKHILLS BLACK PRINCE | MF: TREMOELGOCH ARISTOCRAT
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Thundering Hooves Shire
AT-5302
Henndorf
€11,800
~ £9,993
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Thundering Hooves Shire
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Freilassing
€7,000
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Shire Horse, Gelding, 3 years, 17.2 hh, Brown
F: Metheringham Upton Shakespeare
Leisure - Driving
DE-45529
Hattingen
€9,000
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Shire Horse, Gelding, 3 years, 18.1 hh, Brown
F: Metheringham Upton Shakespeare
Leisure - Driving
DE-45529
Hattingen
€9,500
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Shire Horse, Gelding, 5 years, 16.2 hh
F: FREEZLUND MISTER B | MF: ROOKHILLS BLACK KNIGHT
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Thundering Hooves Shire
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Henndorf am Wallersee
€11,000
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 15 years, 17 hh
F: CAERBERLLAN BUSKOT | MF: DOTHAN MASTERPIECE
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DE-83313
Siegsdorf
€13,000
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Shire Horse, Mare, 5 years, 16.2 hh, Gray
F: ACLE FEARLESS | MF: WALTON SIR CHARLES
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Thundering Hooves Shire
DE-83313
Siegsdorf
€13,000
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Shire Horse, Mare, 9 years, 18 hh, Black
F: PENRHOS BRAVEHEART
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DE-45529
Hattingen
€9,000
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Shire Horse, Mare, 3 years, 16 hh, Gray
F: ELIAN GREY DUKE | MF: WILD SHADOW ODIN
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Thundering Hooves Shire
DE-83313
Siegsdorf
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Use and characteristics of the Shire Horse

The most obvious feature of a Shire horse, is, of course, its size! The breed standard is generally 16 hands (64 inches/163cm) to 17 hands three inches (71 inches/180cm) high, though sometimes it’s possible to sell a Shire over 19 hands high. Their bodies are solid and powerful, with a broad, relatively short back and sloping shoulders. Their conformation makes them ideally suited for people planning to buy a Shire for draught work using a collar. The loins are strong and the quarters rounded and muscular. Traditionally, Shires for farm work were bred with relatively short legs and a low centre of gravity, though horses for town work tended to be taller and “leggier” as this was more suitable for drawing brewery drays and high vehicles. While black is the most frequently seen colour, often with eye-catching white feathers that flash as they move along at a proudly uplifted walk, Shires can be bay, grey or brown too. The nobility of their heads, with long, sensitive ears, and the softness of their expression makes Shires immensely appealing.

Origin and history of breeding Shire Horses

It’s often said that Shire horses were used by knights in medieval times. However, the modern Shire horse is not a medieval relic, but very much the outcome of agricultural advances in England in the 18th century. Investigations by historians and archaeologists have shown that the majority of destriers (warhorses) ridden by knights were in fact around 15 hands high and looked more like the modern Welsh cob or a hunter type. It is true that larger horses from Flanders were popular with rulers and may have helped to bring about an increase in horse size in the later medieval period. There are also references to a type of horse known as “the old English black”, but very little is known about this animal. The breed’s story really begins with an odd reference to the mid-18th century Packington Blind Horse, who is believed to have been a stallion with great influence on the breed. Horses of Shire type were then developed and bred by shrewd farmers in the English eastern fen counties of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire. The English Cart Horse Society was set up in 1878, later becoming the Shire Horse Society.

Shire Horses in equestrianism

Shire horses are making a big comeback today as ridden horses, taking part in races dedicated to the breed, and even dressage. The largest horse was the Shire Sampson, also known as Mammoth, born in 1846. He was 21.2 1⁄2 hands (86.5 inches/220 cm) high. The Royal Parks Shires can often be seen at work in London.

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