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Shire Horses are the largest - and among the oldest -of thernBritish horse breeds. Among its ancestors were the chariot horses of the Britons - described and admired greatly by Julius Caesar two thousand years ago.

rnrnFor centuries its primary role was as a War Horse (its originalrnname). It has also been known as the Great Horse and the Strong Horse.

rnrnStrengthened by crossing with horses imported from Europe (e.g.rnFriesian Horses), the breed was steadily increased in size and strength as thernchain mail and then plate armour of its riders increased in heaviness. This attainedrnits greatest weight in the reign of Henry VIII. An Elizabethan writer estimatedrnthat the average Great Horse could carry up to four hundredweight (450 pounds orrn205 kilograms).

rnrnAs the requirements of warfare changed, so other uses were foundrnfor these immensely strong horses - notably the hauling of carriages and heavy cartsrnon the poor roads of the times. Their use for pulling farm equipment was a furtherrndevelopment.

rnrnThe modern Shire horse reached its present form by developmentrnfrom the Great Horse in the Shire counties of middle England. The English Cart HorsernSociety was founded in 1878 and in 1884 became the Shire Horse Society. (The StudrnBook for stallions, however, goes back to 1800.)

rnrnAlthough black is historically the characteristic color of Shirernhorses, grey is also regarded as indicating pure blood. Other colors appear morerncommonly nowadays. A mature stallion can stand up to 18 hands (1.83 meters) highrnand weigh up to 1000 kilograms, with mares and geldings generally being less massive.

rnrnSource: New Zealand rare Breeds (www.rarebreeds.co.nz )

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