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Shire Horse for sale

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, Mare, 1 year, 14.2 hh, Brown
F: CATCH WELSH CHALLENGER
Leisure - Breeding
Gestuet Gut Flehinghaus
DE-45529
Hattingen
5,000 € to 10,000 €
price range ~5,863 $ to 11,725 $
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Shire Horse, Mare, 6 years, 18 hh, Black
F: TOC HILL SIR CHARLES | MF: PENRHOS BRAVEHEART
Leisure - Breeding
Gestuet Gut Flehinghaus
DE-45529
Hattingen
10,000 € to 15,000 €
price range ~11,725 $ to 17,588 $
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Shire Horse, Mare, 4 years, 18.2 hh, Bay-Dark
F: TOC HILL SIR CHARLES
Leisure - Breeding
Gestuet Gut Flehinghaus
DE-45529
Hattingen
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Shire Horse, Gelding, 7 years Show - Breeding
Matthew Gregory King Ltd
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marbury
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Shire Horse Mix, Gelding, 11 years, 17.2 hh, Gray-Fleabitten Leisure - Dressage - Driving
DE-47798
Krefeld
6,999 €
~ 8,206 $
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 3 years, 17.2 hh, Brown
F: TOC HILL SIR CHARLES
Leisure - Mating
Gestuet Gut Flehinghaus
DE-45529
Hattingen
15,000 € to 25,000 €
price range ~17,588 $ to 29,313 $
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Shire Horse, Mare, 1 year, 14.2 hh, Brown
F: CATCH WELSH CHALLENGER
Leisure - Breeding
Gestuet Gut Flehinghaus
DE-45529
Hattingen
5,000 € to 10,000 €
price range ~5,863 $ to 11,725 $
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Shire Horse, Mare, 3 years, 18 hh, Black
F: SCHUMANNS ERAGON | MF: PENRHOS BRAVEHEART
Leisure - Breeding
Gestuet Gut Flehinghaus
DE-45529
Hattingen
10,000 €
~ 11,725 $
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Shire Horse, Mare, 4 years, 18.1 hh, Brown
F: SCHUMANNS ERAGON
Leisure - Breeding
Gestuet Gut Flehinghaus
DE-45529
Hattingen
15,000 € to 25,000 €
price range ~17,588 $ to 29,313 $
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 3 years, 17.1 hh, Bay-Dark
F: SCHUMANNS ERAGON
Leisure - Mating
Gestuet Gut Flehinghaus
DE-45529
Hattingen
15,500 €
~ 18,174 $
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 1 year Show - Leisure
Matthew Gregory King Ltd
GB-sy13 4jp
marbury
price on application
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Shire Horse, Mare, 6 years, 18 hh, Black
F: TOC HILL SIR CHARLES | MF: PENRHOS BRAVEHEART
Leisure - Breeding
Gestuet Gut Flehinghaus
DE-45529
Hattingen
10,000 € to 15,000 €
price range ~11,725 $ to 17,588 $
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Shire Horse, Mare, 2 years, 15 hh, Gray-Dapple
F: METHERINGHAM UPTON SHAKESPEARE
Leisure - Breeding
Gestuet Gut Flehinghaus
DE-45529
Hattingen
5,000 € to 10,000 €
price range ~5,863 $ to 11,725 $
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Shire Horse, Gelding, 5 years, 18.2 hh, Gray
F: PENRHOS BRAVEHEART
Leisure
Gestuet Gut Flehinghaus
DE-45529
Hattingen
18,000 €
~ 21,105 $
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Shire Horse, Mare, 4 years, 18.2 hh, Bay-Dark
F: TOC HILL SIR CHARLES
Leisure - Breeding
Gestuet Gut Flehinghaus
DE-45529
Hattingen
10,000 € to 15,000 €
price range ~11,725 $ to 17,588 $
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Shire Horse, Mare, 6 years, 18 hh, Black
F: PENRHOS BRAVEHEART | MF: SKEYTON MATTHEW
Leisure - Breeding
Gestuet Gut Flehinghaus
DE-45529
Hattingen
10,000 € to 15,000 €
price range ~11,725 $ to 17,588 $
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 5 years, 17.2 hh, Black
F: CAE MAWR ARISTOCRAT | MF: TRELOW COMMODORE
Breeding - Mating
NL-7475NM
Markelo
15,000 € to 25,000 €
price range ~17,588 $ to 29,313 $
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Shire Horse, Gelding, 1 year, 16 hh, Black Black gelding with no blaze
F: 1.0 | MF: 2.0
Driving
US-21911
North east
199 $
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Shire Horse, Stallion, Foal (04/2021), 18 hh Leisure - Show
DE-27721
Ritterhude
6,450 €
~ 7,563 $ ONO
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 3 years, 17.1 hh, Brown
F: LANDCLIFFE CHARLIE | MF: PENRHOS BRAVEHEART
Mating - Driving - Breeding - Show
BE-8720
Dentergem
15,500 €
~ 18,174 $ ONO
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 6 years, 18 hh, Black Shire Stallion/Etalon
F: STAL DE PELSAKKER'S TARAC | MF: BARDEN HARVESTER
Breeding - Driving
FR-03130
Liernolles
9,700 €
~ 11,373 $ ONO
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Shire Horse Mix, Mare, 2 years, 16 hh, Smoky-Black
F: EASTER
Leisure
NL-1751hh
Schagerbrug
4,500 €
~ 5,276 $ ONO
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Shire Horse, Stallion, 3 years, 18 hh Breeding
PL-16-420
Raczki
50,000 zł
~ 12,605 $
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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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