Shire Horse

The Shire

Some readers may be surprised to learn that the Shire Horse Society was formed as late as March, 1878. It was at first known as The English Cart Horse Society and became The Shire Horse Society of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1884. Obviously this was […]

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Clydesdale Horses

The Clydesdale Horse

In Scotland the place of the Shire was taken by the Clydesdale. Both breeds evolved from their native soil, with some admixture of imported blood, and the two are indeed very similar to each other. Probably the Clydesdale was based originally on an ancient type of Celtic pony which seems […]

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Heavy Horse History

The History Of The Heavy Horse

There seems to be general agreement that our domesticated horses are descended from two primitive types, namely, the northern cold-blooded type and the southern warm-blooded. With the latter, represented by the Arab, we have little to do with here, except insofar as its blood has mingled, over the millennia, with […]

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cleveland bay horse

The Cleveland Bay & Allied Breeds

This page is devoted to half-heavy horses, and particularly to those used for draught work rather than the saddle. Prominent among them is the Cleveland Bay, which began its career as a packhorse but came to be regarded as an all-purpose farm horse in the northern counties of England. It […]

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Percheron Breed

The Percheron & Other European Breeds

The story of our fourth breed of heavy horse, the Percheron, is very different from that of the other three. Far from having developed slowly over the centuries from a basis of indigenous types, the handsome Percheron is a newcomer, which appeared in our fields for the first time in […]

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The Suffolk Punch

The Suffolk Punch

Though there is, of course, no proof that the Suffolk Punch is directly descended from the horses of the Iceni, who fought against the Romans in the year A.D. 60, it seems inevitable that such a connection exists. The horses possessed by Queen Boudicca’s tribesmen were much smaller than the […]

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