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Shire draft horse
Shire draft horse

The shire horse is a breed of draft horse. It is the tallest of the modern draft breeds, and a stallion may stand 18 or more hands(~180 cm) high and weigh a ton. The Shire horse has a dense rounded body, a broad back, strong loins, powerful hind-quarters, and long legs with dense bones. It can be black, brown, bay, or gray and has distinctive long silky hair (often white) on the lower parts of its legs. Shire Draft Horse This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Shire Draft Horse This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... A draft horse or draught horse is a large, strong horse breed for heavy work rather than speed. ... A hand (or handbreadth) is a unit of length measurement, usually based on the breadth of a male human hand and thus around 1 dm, i. ...


The Shire horse descends from the medieval Great Horse brought to England in 1066 by William the Conqueror. From this medieval horse came a draft horse called the Black Horse in the seventeenth century, which was dull-colored and sluggish. The Black Horse was greatly improved by the followers of Robert Bakewell, resulting in a horse commonly known as the Bakewell Black. When the pedigree society was founded in 1878, the name was changed to English Cart Horse, since black was a misnomer. Six years later, the name was again changed to Shire. The breed was improved during the following years as ruthless veterinary examinations virtually eliminated the old unsoundness of wind and limb. With the increased use of mechanized farm and transport equipment, the numbers of Shire horses began to decline. By the middle of the twentieth century their numbers had dwindled to a small fraction of what they had been in their heyday. Numbers of Shires are on the rise again, however. They are now widely used in breeding heavier hunter types by crosses with thoroughbred mares. Destrier(Warhorse) You may still on occasion encounter this word, though these days it’s most often employed by writers of historical novels. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: England Inter. ... Events January 6 - Harold II is crowned King of England the day after Edward the Confessor dies. ... William I ( 1027 – September 9, 1087), was King of England from 1066 to 1087. ... Robert Bakewell was an agricultural revolutionary. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s The 20th century lasted from 1901 to 2000 in the Gregorian calendar (often from (1900 to 1999 in common usage). ... The Thoroughbred is a horse breed developed in 18th century England when English mares were bred with imported Arabian stallions to create a distance racer. ...


See also

List of horse breeds This page is a list of horse and pony breeds. ...


Related links

http://www.equiworld.net/uk/horsecare/Breeds/shire/


http://www.shire-horse.org.uk/index.html


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Shire horse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (550 words)
The Black Horse was greatly improved by the followers of Robert Bakewell, resulting in a horse commonly known as the Bakewell Black.
The most recent Shire to hold the record was Goliath, a dray horse for the Young and Co. brewery who held the Guinness World Record for the tallest living horse at 19.2 hh (1.98 m) until he died in July 2001.
The Shire horse was originally the staple breed used to draw carts to deliver ale from the brewery to the public houses.
Draft horse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (465 words)
A draft horse, draught horse or dray horse (from the Anglo-Saxon dragan meaning to draw or haul) is a large horse bred for hard, heavy tasks such as ploughing and farm labour.
Draught horses are versatile breeds used today for a multitude of purposes but all share the traits of strength, stamina, health, longevity, patience and a docile temperament which made them indispensable to generations of pre-industrial farmers.
The terms harness horse and light harness horse refer to horses of a lighter build, such as the traditional carriage horses, and are not generally used in the UK to denote "heavy" or draught horses.
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