Physical Features of the Shire Horse
The Shire horse is a massive horse breed. They have a strong muscular body same as the Clydesdale. Their back is short and strong.
They have a lean and long head with a broad forehead and large eyes. Their neck is long, thick, and slightly arched having sensitive, long, and sharp ears. The shoulders of the Shrine horse are deep and wide, with a long mane, a long and thick tail, and wide feet. Their hindlimbs are strong, feet are solid and deep with large hooves covered with thick fur.
The life expectancy of a great companion like the Shire horse is about 25 to 30 years.
Height and Weight
The Shire horse is a Giant horse with a high and tall body. The average height of a Shire horse is about 64 to 72 inches. Some tall horses are found to be 76 inches tall. The average weight of this giant horse is about 1800 to 2400 pounds.
Coat and Colors
The most common colors of the Shire horse are bay, brown, black, and grey. Chestnut, roan, and sorrel colors are also acceptable for the Shire horse. There are white markings on the face and legs of the horse. Excessive markings are not required for this breed.
Nutrition and Feeding
The health of the Shire horse requires the nutrition and feed of a standard horse like high-quality grains, hay, fresh grass, some fruits, and vegetables. However, the quantity will be high because of the bigger size of the Shire horse. It is suggested to add a more high-fat diet to the nutrition of this horse to overcome several diseases.