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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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Mark went on to become a founder member of Abergele Shire Horse Society.
My father has had shire horses for more than 50 years so I have grown up with them and I have been showing them myself now for 40 years.
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Asda worker Christine Cook said: "It was a great day and lots of people brought their children along to see the shire horses.
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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.
Shire horses continue to be used in agriculture and timber operations to complement mechanisation.
The court heard he had been involved for 30 years with shire horses.
Ben Shaw then expanded into making soft drinks in his own, purpose-built factory and distributed his drinks to various shops in the Yorkshire area via horse and cart, using his family's Shire horses Bonny, Blossom, Cherry and Dick.
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