Shire (English heavy truck) is a British breed of heavy truck horses. Horses of this breed are tall (165-185 cm at the withers, sometimes up to 219). Shires at different times set world records as the largest horses, and as the tallest horses. The name comes from the English “shir” – county. The Shire Mountain or Curt Horse breed, descended from local mares and Dutch stallions, is very famous and widespread. Despite its ancient origin, it is not entirely homogeneous in mass. Its type is highly variable – from a horse of extraordinary size and weight, suitable only for riding in steps, to large and folding ones, suitable already in a plow and cart. The suit is diverse; bald patches on the head and white stockings, often on the same hind legs, are characteristic. Usually black, bay, gray and also piebald. All parts of the body are developed in proportion; a very important article is the broad chest, back and the same sacrum. Continue reading
The formation of the breed was influenced by gypsies, who, together with their pinto horses, first appeared on the British Isles in the 15th century. Here gypsy horses mixed with the local breed, which led to the appearance of the breed Irish or gypsy cob. Other British breeds also took part in the formation of the gypsy coba – Welsh ponies of all types, Dale, Fell, Highland, Kledesdal and Shire.
Until the mid-20th century, the tinker was not recognized as a separate breed. The systematic breeding of tinkers began only after the Second World War. In 1996, the Irish Cob Society was founded, which began the registration of tinkers. The Irish Cob Association has registered the first official founder of the breed, Cushti Bok stallion. Today in the world there are several pedigree books of gypsy cobs. Continue reading
The Trakehna breed of horses owed its appearance to the work of East Prussian scholars – breeders, who carried out colossal work to create a strong and hardy horse, whose calling was to serve as the Prussian cavalry. It was necessary to bring such horses that could quickly adapt to any climatic and domestic conditions, were not afraid of long transitions and physical exertion, and were also bold and decisive. Photo of the horse of the Trakenens breed Thus, to please the needs of those years when the territory of the Prussian Empire knights came in – proud carriers of the Teutonic Order – specialists decided to create for their warriors a special kind of horses that would become loyal assistants in protecting the integrity of the state. To begin with, scientists conducted a number of studies, engaged in crossing Zhmudskie mares with stately eastern horses. Continue reading