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     POINTS OF THE SHIRE

 BACK - Stong, Muscular, Compack

     

  HIND QUARTERS - Long, Sweeping,

  Wide and full of Muscle

  LOINS - High standing and    

  roundly muscled to deliver power

  HEIGHT -  Average height about 18  

  hands but may be more

  WEIGHT -  17 - 22 CWTS

 LEGS -  Clean cut sinews like fine

 cords, well clear of the cannon bone,

 Forelegs set within the shoulders for

  maximum tractive power.

  FEET - Deep, solid and preferable

  not too wide.  Thick walls, open

  coronets ( where hoof joins limb )

  HEAD - Lean but broad between the

  slightly prominent eyes. "Roman"  

  ( convex curved ) nose. Thin wide

  nostrils, Lips together. Ears long,

  cleanly modelled and alert.

  THROAT - Clean and lean.

  NECK - Fairly long, arched

  commandingly.

  SHOULDERS - Deep, oblique and

  wide enough to support the collar

  GIRTH -  Up to eight feet

  COATS - Bays, Black, or Grey,

  always with "feathers" (silky hairs)

  on fetlocks, Hair fine, short,

  straight and silky

  RIBS - Round, deep and well sprung.

  ACTION - Well balanced, lively and

  pleasurable.

Of all of the heavy horses, the Shire Horse is the largest - at least 16.2 hands high but can be as much as 19 hands. Typically it is 18 hands. ( This is 6 feet - and measurement is taken from the withers or shoulders).

The shire Horse weighs about a ton and is immensely strong and powerful, but these qualities are combined with gentleness, patience and  docility - the Gentle Giant.