The Working Shire Horse
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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?Read more ›
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