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Shire horse,

a breed of draft horsedraft horse
or work horse,
any breed of horse that is suited to or used for drawing heavy loads. Draft horses originated in central Europe, where their domestication preceded the Roman invasion.
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 native to central England. It is equal in weight to the Belgian horseBelgian horse,
one of the largest breeds of draft horses of pure European descent. It has a long history, antedating the Christian era, but became especially popular during the Middle Ages. In the 15th and 16th cent.
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 and is usually slightly taller. Widely used as a war horse during the Middle Ages, it was well adapted to carry the excessive weight of armor worn by both horse and rider. The Shire was introduced to the United States in the late 1800s, but was never as popular as the ClydesdaleClydesdale horse,
breed of draft horse developed in Scotland. It closely resembles the Shire horse, although it is not as heavy. The Clydesdale is characterized by its graceful, springy step.
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 or PercheronPercheron horse
, breed of draft horse developed in NW France, originally of Flemish origin, but also containing some Arabian blood (see Arabian horse). For a heavy horse, it has considerable stamina and is a good trotter.
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. It is similar in appearance to the former, with feathery fetlocks. It stands 17 hands (68 in./170 cm) high and normally exceeds 2,000 lb (900 kg).

shire horse

a large heavy breed of carthorse with long hair on the fetlocks
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Alistair King, breeder and owner of Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre, said: "The Shire Horse National Show is the highlight of the shire horse calendar and brings together the top breeders from around the world.
"However we don't have any male shire horses here so we had to send her away to stud.
Every day over the Easter holidays Acton Scott offered visitors the chance to join the team in grooming the shire horses, holding chicks and bottle-feeding lambs as well as enjoying a guided tour of the Victorian Working Farm.
Alistair King, breeder and owner of Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre, said: "Nantwich Show is the largest one day agricultural show in the country and there is always a big entry of shires with some great quality horses.
Mojo took top honours in the in-hand gelding category at the National Shire Horse Show, which saw 30 animals compete to be named the best.
They will also be able to learn all about shire horses, which the Rawlins (Ash End Farm owners) have been breeding since the early part of the last century.
Steve Foster, who manages the business with his wife Julie, said: "It's also quite symbolic for us too - we're at the exciting beginning of something new with the Shire Horse."
The shire horses were a popular attraction at the country show in aid of Acorns Children's Hospice.
FIREFIGHTERS battled for almost seven hours to free a one-tonne shire horse trapped up to its neck in a bog.
Mr Williams was one of 10 farmers who established the Abergele & District Shire Horse Society in 1980.
In true shire horse tradition, he is pulling in the crowds at Ash End, which has a shire horse centre with just under 20 of the massive nags.
OVER many generations, the Shire horse has been working with man in close harmony, being the tallest of the modern draught breeds.