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The Working Shire Horse

3.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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See a Shire horse and you immediately think of power, strength and majesty but also their gentleness and kind disposition. The Shire horse is the most numerous of all heavy or draught horses in the UK, built with powerful muscular bodies featuring broad backs and strong hindquarters ideal for pulling heavy carts, drays, trailers, barges or in days gone by, as fearless chargers carrying knights into battle. In this specially commissioned program, we spend the day at Dan-Yr-Ogof Shire Horse Centre in the knowledgeable company of manager Sara Jane Price as she expertly explains living and working with these gentle giants and demonstrates them working in the traditional manner.

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  • Directors: Pegasus Entertainment
  • Producers: Pegasus Entertainment
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: TravelVideoStore.com
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047VZVV6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As an overview of The Shire Center this is a lovely show, done well for what seems to be a home made production. I did enjoy it quite a bit, however I didn't see much of what I hoped for: actual working Shire horses. It could have been done better.

The title is very misleading. The most work shown, of any of the horses at the Shire Center, was a couple of minutes under saddle. Apparently due to physical limitations of one kind or another, none of these horses actually work in harness beyond ground driving. Nitpicks include untrimmed and slightly dirty animals being used as an introduction to the breed, too much time in the tack room, and beasties who were mouthy or jerking the reins at a halt. The horse acupuncturist mentioned "inflammatory pain, like a broken leg". Huh? A broken leg is quite different than inflammation! Did they really need to spend so much time on floating teeth, which is not specific to Shire horses? It was only maybe a couple of minutes but it seemed much longer. A farrier might have been more interesting, showing those huge hooves.

These horses are obviously quite well loved. The level of care shows in the gleam of their winter fuzz. They have done a wonderful job with these animals, some of whom are on medical retirement. The breed standard and harness tack was covered though I would have loved to hear a little info on what saddles these giants must need to use. Do saddle trees come in 4X? I was quite surprised to learn that this is such a young breed, not even 150 years old yet.

I would love to see this redone in spring or summer, with less mud, the horses all shedded out and done up to the nines, maybe some even groomed for show with braids. Is there something easy they can use to demonstrate harness work, even just a big roadster?
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Dedicated horse lover video, dealing with what is becoming a rare breed. The amount of work , money and dedication is to be admired.Since this is one of my extreme interest I very much enjoyed the immersion of the enviroment and personal involvement.
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I watched these amazing, gentle giants, and their owner, with fascination. At one point, the horse lowers his head so she can put his collar on him more easily. (She is about 5'-6." He is about 21 hands. She has to reach up to his head.) This partnership is obviously one of caring and love that we are privileged to share for a short time through this beautiful, informative documentary.
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This was ok, as there were some interesting bits of information, but the entertainment value I found to be lacking. More info on the breed itself and where and how it fits into the modern world would have gone a long way to interest me. I do know that there are people who use draft breeds to still log and farm and use them for other useful eco-type work instead of modern machinery. That could have been interesting, instead this was pretty lack-luster.
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Like a home movie but if you love horses, you'll love the documentary about Shires. The girls on it are very articulate and knowledgeable and they made me want to move to England and buy a couple of Shires! Beautiful horses with a fantastic past!
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Full of horses. It made me smile. Thank you for the enjoyable hour. It warms the heart especially for those that can no longer own horses.
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Beautiful horses and very educational. Liked it so much I went looking for other horse videos. Liked the beautiful sedtting and scenery.
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This film was like watching a home movie for 4-H kids. It covered the care and harnessing of the Shire horse but very little was covered about the breeds history or even showing them working.
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