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Magnificent Shire horses are one of the workhorse breeds that helped to create modern society. Giants of the equine world, they were once a familiar sight in country and town as they ploughed the land, delivered goods and helped to move railway carriages from place to place on station yards. Today, it is mainly specialist draught horse enthusiasts who buy a Shire, though these mighty horses are also becoming popular as riding horses. With their imposing presence, relaxed and amiable manner, and impressive flowing feathers, Shires immediately attract an enthusiastic crowd whenever they appear in public. While it’s perhaps not as straightforward to sell a Shire as it is some riding horse breeds, these gorgeous animals do have a devoted following and can be found taking part in some important ceremonial activities, as well as undertaking traditional delivery and farm jobs.

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Shire Horse, Gelding, 7 years, 16.3 hh, Black Leisure
AT-4910
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Shire Horse, Mare, 4 years, 16 hh, Gray
F: SKOVLYS BUTLER
Leisure
DE-83313
Siegsdorf
€8,500
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Shire Horse, Gelding, 3 years Shire GeldingLeisure - Show
GB-cw8 2bq
england
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Shire Horse, Gelding, 2 years Leisure
AT-4910
Ried im Innkreis
price range €5,000 to €10,000
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Shire Horse Mix, Gelding, 16 years, 16.2 hh, Smoky-Black Leisure - Western
AT-4180
Sonnberg in Mühlkreis
price range €5,000 to €10,000
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Shire Horse, Mare, 4 years, 16 hh, Gray
F: SKOVYS BUTLER | MF: DDRYDWY SILVER ISLAND
Leisure
DE-83313
Siegsdorf
€8,500
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 10 years, 18.2 hh, Brown
F: DOTAN BUSCOT
Dressage - Show - Mating
NL-7701PB
Dedemsvaart
€25,000
~ $27,181 Negotiable
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Shire Horse Mix, Gelding, 16 years, 16.2 hh, Smoky-Black Leisure - Western
AT-4180
Sonnberg in Mühlkreis
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Shire Horse, Gelding, 3 years Shire GeldingLeisure - Show
Matthew Gregory King Ltd
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england
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 10 years, 18.2 hh, Brown
F: DOTAN BUSCOT
Dressage - Show - Mating
Stal Leenders
NL-7701PB
Dedemsvaart
€25,000
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Shire Horse, Gelding, 7 years, 16.3 hh, Black Leisure
Thundering Hooves Shire
AT-4910
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Shire Horse, Gelding, 2 years Leisure
Thundering Hooves Shire
AT-4910
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Shire Horse, Mare, 4 years, 16 hh, Gray
F: SKOVYS BUTLER | MF: DDRYDWY SILVER ISLAND
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Thundering Hooves Shire
DE-83313
Siegsdorf
€8,500
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Shire Horse, Mare, 4 years, 16 hh, Gray
F: SKOVLYS BUTLER
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Thundering Hooves Shire
DE-83313
Siegsdorf
€8,500
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Shire Horse, Mare, 1 year, 15.1 hh, Black Shire horse filly
F: GRAVEL PIT HARVEY
Breeding
CZ-508 01
Hořice v Podkrkonoší
€14,000
~ $15,222
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 5 years, 18.2 hh, Black The best stallion in the world
F: COLLOE GROVE TURBO | MF: TREMOELGOCH OUR BENGIE
Breeding - Show - Dressage
FI-90840
Oulu
€20,000
~ $21,745
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Shire Horse, Mare, 9 years, 17 hh, Bay-Dark Dressage - Show - Endurance - Leisure
PL-95-061
Kołacinek
zł45,000
~ $10,392 Negotiable
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Shire Horse, Mare, 3 years, 17 hh, Black A gentle giant filly
F: GRAVEL PIT HARVEY
Breeding
CZ-50315
Hořice v Podkrkonoší
€14,000
~ $15,222
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Shire Horse, Mare, 11 years, Brown Leisure - Breeding - Dressage
DE-26122
Oldenburg
€14,000
~ $15,222
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Shire Horse, Mare, 10 years, 17.1 hh, Brown
F: MOORFIELD EDWARD
Breeding - Leisure - Driving
DE-42499
Hückeswagen
€11,800
~ $12,830
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Shire Horse Mix, Gelding, 15 years, 16.2 hh, Brown Leisure
CH-4800
Zofingen
CHF6,000
~ $6,505 Negotiable
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Shire Horse, Mare, 13 years, 17 hh, Gray Grey mare
F: OXTON LOOSE VALLEY | MF: MOORFIELD JOSEPH
Breeding - Leisure
GB-Yo19
York
£9,000
~ $11,143
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 2 years, 18 hh, Black Black yearling colt
F: ACLE MCBETH | MF: MARTONIAN NORMAN
Leisure - Show - Breeding
GB-Yo19
York
£7,500
~ $9,286
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Use and characteristics of the Shire Horse

The most obvious feature of a Shire horse, is, of course, its size! The breed standard is generally 16 hands (64 inches/163cm) to 17 hands three inches (71 inches/180cm) high, though sometimes it’s possible to sell a Shire over 19 hands high. Their bodies are solid and powerful, with a broad, relatively short back and sloping shoulders. Their conformation makes them ideally suited for people planning to buy a Shire for draught work using a collar. The loins are strong and the quarters rounded and muscular. Traditionally, Shires for farm work were bred with relatively short legs and a low centre of gravity, though horses for town work tended to be taller and “leggier” as this was more suitable for drawing brewery drays and high vehicles. While black is the most frequently seen colour, often with eye-catching white feathers that flash as they move along at a proudly uplifted walk, Shires can be bay, grey or brown too. The nobility of their heads, with long, sensitive ears, and the softness of their expression makes Shires immensely appealing.

Origin and history of breeding Shire Horses

It’s often said that Shire horses were used by knights in medieval times. However, the modern Shire horse is not a medieval relic, but very much the outcome of agricultural advances in England in the 18th century. Investigations by historians and archaeologists have shown that the majority of destriers (warhorses) ridden by knights were in fact around 15 hands high and looked more like the modern Welsh cob or a hunter type. It is true that larger horses from Flanders were popular with rulers and may have helped to bring about an increase in horse size in the later medieval period. There are also references to a type of horse known as “the old English black”, but very little is known about this animal. The breed’s story really begins with an odd reference to the mid-18th century Packington Blind Horse, who is believed to have been a stallion with great influence on the breed. Horses of Shire type were then developed and bred by shrewd farmers in the English eastern fen counties of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire. The English Cart Horse Society was set up in 1878, later becoming the Shire Horse Society.

Shire Horses in equestrianism

Shire horses are making a big comeback today as ridden horses, taking part in races dedicated to the breed, and even dressage. The largest horse was the Shire Sampson, also known as Mammoth, born in 1846. He was 21.2 1⁄2 hands (86.5 inches/220 cm) high. The Royal Parks Shires can often be seen at work in London.

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