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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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It is organised by the Shire Horse Society, a charity dedicated to the protection, promotion and improvement of the shire horse.
TO COME: Major the Shire horse works with horseman, Rodney Greenwood on the Farnley Estate
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.
The Shire horses are the latest addition to the growing collection of rare breed farm animals at Mary Arden's Farm, which includes the curly-haired Mangalitza pigs, and breeds of cattle, sheep and goats that would have been more familiar to people of the middle ages.
A new shire horse foal was born just a couple of weeks ago but already stands at more than 4ft tall and has plenty of room to grow.
Shire horses Major and Ben, from Wykin Shires near Hinckley, are among the attractions along with a stunning Victoria carriage used for weddings by owner Ann Tomlin.
Next Saturday's John Smith's Grand National has attracted a record entry, but 2006 looks set to be massive after champion trainer Martin Pipe confirmed he was working with shire horse Cracker.
Asda worker Christine Cook said: "It was a great day and lots of people brought their children along to see the shire horses.
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.
Shire horses have become more endangered than the Giant panda, with the UK Rare Breeds Survival Trust estimating there are fewer than 1,500 left in the world - there are an estimated 1,800 Giant pandas left in the wild.