Equis ISSN 2398-2977
Contributor(s): Bob Langrish, Vetstream Ltd
- Shire .
- Bred principally in the UK.
- Originally used as a draught horse, but now popular for showing.
- Largest horse in the world.
- Enormous power.
- Very gentle and docile.
- Very hardworking.
- The Shire horse is in Category 4 ('at risk') on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) Rare Breeds Watch List, officially classifying it as a rare breed in the UK, with numbers between 900-1500. This is based on the number of registered breeding females in the UK.
- Visit the RBST website to view their full Watch List 2014 - https://www.rbst.org.uk/watchlist-2014.pdf .
- Friesian Friesian -> Old English Black Horse -> Flanders Horse -> Native stock.
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Other sources of information
- Hendricks B L (1995)International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 8-8061-2753-8.
- Ball C (1994)Horse and Pony Breeds. Quintet Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85076-500-6.
- Hartley Edwards E (1994)The Encyclopedia of the Horse. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 1-7513-011-59.
- Shire Horse Society, East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 0XE, UK.
- British Horse Society, British Equestrian Center, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LR, UK.
- The American Shire Horse Association, Lowell Wagoner, Rt. 1, Box 10, Adel, IA 50003, USA.