Shire Horse

Being a drought horse, stallions of these great British breed comes in the majority of the times in grey, bay, and black color and mares in roan, gray, brown, black or bay. Accepted in Ameirca, in the united Kingdom the chestnut color is not able to be a color that is considered a shire horse color.   The Shire horse is a big horse that has been many times recognized as the tallest in the world.

They performed a variety of tasks that required a great amount of power, like pulling any kinds of heavy weights, a cart horse, tow logs and mostly a farm horse.

Even though the breed is an ancient one, the breed was recognized as such in the second half of the 19th century.

The sturdiness of these horses make that the interest in the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries from people that needed powerful animals on other parts of the world grew greatly, making that the horses from this breed became exported to countries around the world, especially to the USA.

Unfortunately the breed is nowadays included by the “Rare Breeds Survival Trust”( organization from the UK that is dedicated to promote the conservation of the original breeds of livestock from the kingdom)in the list of breeds at risk, because the dramatic fall in the number of Shire Horse in the recent past.

Shire Horse Look and Temperament

When asking about shires stallions, how much does a horse weight, the answer is 1870 to 2430 lb, and how much do horses heights, the height of shire stallion stands about  17.2 hands.

The good looking Shire horse is known for his laid back character and physically for his broad chest, shoulder and hind quarters, with a slim and long head that is the end of a long neck that looks a little over extended for the general aspects of him. Talking about the hair they display a soft, refined and no curls one.

Highlights of The Shire Breed

One of the milestones that the breed shows is the record of the largest horse that has been measured until now, being Sampson or Mammoth the privileged to flaunt it. The huge horse that was born in 1848 stood at 21.2 ¼ hands with a highest weight of 3.360 pounds.

Another representative of the breed that worth to talk about is a horse called Goliath that hold the tallest horse Guinness record until his death in 2014.

Shire Horse Support Organizations

The magnificence of the breed, has originated that many people have had interest in the care of the development of it, for more than a century. Either in the USA, the United Kingdom and several counties more are hosts of organizations that are dedicated to this purpose. Some of them are:

Shire Horse Society

Continuing with its predecessor the “Old English Breed of Cart Horse” job, the Shire Horse Society, has promoted and fight to keep the attention of the Horses lovers in the formidable Shire Horse breed. In one or other way the society has made sure from 1878, that people get the biggest amount of information possible, about the breed either using events, classes, and in these days of online technology, its website and social media to reach them.

Canadian Shire Horse Association

The goals of the Association are keep the Shire breed in Canada alive and as pure as possible, regulating and developing the breeding of these horses by keeping, publishing, and preserving all the information about the Shire horse that are in the country.

The Animal Pedigree Act, is the framework that producers of these horses are encouraged to follow  when breeding and promoting the growth of the herd existent in Canada.


There is no doubt that the Shire Horse is one of the most magnificent draft horses that we have met. Their sturdiness awesome presence and fine pedigree are something that nobody that love horses can not be impressed by.

Their ancient and glorious origins , guarantee an important place between the most powerful breeds that we can know.

The United Kingdom shows several breeds that are important for the development of breeds all around the world, and the shire without doubt is with the thoroughbred, the Clydesdale and many more one of the most outstanding between the British breeds.

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