1 Sepeau, 33230 Maransin, France. +33 6 66 02 38 46



Story of shire breed

The Shire horse is a breed of English draft horse. It is one of the oldest horse breeds.  

The first written records found on the Shires are more than 2000 years old, when they were called "Equus Magnus" by the Romans. 

In the Middle Ages, the Shire was used as a saddle horse because it was powerful enough to carry knights in armour.

To give them power and size, the Shire was then crossed with Flemish and Dutch horses. it will be called "Great Horse".

After the Renaissance and until the 16th century, the Shire was no longer crossed with other breeds and their size was maintained.

Following the arrival of war artillery, the Shire became a draft horse. It is used for transporting coal and barrels for English breweries.

In 1876, the breed's stud-book was opened.

With the advent of motorisation, the Shire declined, as did many other draft horse breeds.

Nowadays, the Shires are used in harness for agricultural work and skidding. More rarely, they can also be seen in dressage trials.

Knight in armour on a Shire

Knight in armour on a Shire

Characteristics of the Shire

The Shire is the tallest horse breed in the world. It grows to between 1.65m and more than 2m at the withers. The average height is 1m80.

It has a long, rather slender head with a convex or even bushy profile. The neckline is long but remains proportional to the rest of the body.  The back is short, muscular and strong.

Headers and balzanes are very frequent. The coat is black, bay or grey, with ample dewlap. The hair is fine and carried long.

His character earns him the nickname of "gentle giant" because he is a horse of cold blood, courageous, gentle and patient. They have a heart bigger than they are.

Taille de plusieurs races de chevauxSize Size of several horses breeds


Contact us

Contact form
Phone: +33 6 66 02 38 46
Address: 1 Sepeau, 33230 Maransin, France.

Follow us

logo sweetgiant transp 256p

We use cookies

We use cookies on our website. Some of them are essential for the operation of the site, while others help us to improve this site and the user experience (tracking cookies). You can decide for yourself whether you want to allow cookies or not. Please note that if you reject them, you may not be able to use all the functionalities of the site.