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Shire

Gentle Giant

Shire
origin:England
life expectancy:20 a 35 anos
scientific name:E. caballus
family:Equidae
height:164 to 172 cm
Temperament: Coldbloodconservation: secureOlympic Games/Dressage/Show jumpingAgriculture/Ranch
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History [ edit ]

The Shire is a descendent from the mediaeval warhorse, the Great Horse. The Shire was developed in England first to be used in war and later to work in farms as a draught horse. Friesians and Flanders horses were taken to England by the Dutch and were bred with local specimens. The result would be a resistant horse able to work in the land and carry heavy weights.

In the end of the 19th century, it was created the Old English Cart Horse Society and the Stud Book was published. Six years later the name of the breed would be changed to Shire. The breeding process was submitted to a thorough scrutiny. The formalization of the breeding was the start up point for the growing Shire’s popularity.

The industrial revolution made the use of the Shire in agriculture and transportation something of the past and the breed rapidly lost terrain, literally, to the tractors and other machinery. In the mid 1900s, it was clearly that the breed was practically struggling for survival. What it was once a horse in every corner of the English countryside became no more than a relic of a few breeders. An incentive breeding program for the Shire set up a “revival&r