Shire horses racing…to the brink?

26 06 2013

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The Express (UK) reports that Shire horse numbers have dropped to an alarming low in their native Britain. While the Shire Horse Society takes steps to preserve the breed, a comment at the bottom of the article caught my eye:

The revelation comes ahead of a shire horse race to be held at Lingfield Park racecourse in Surrey.

On June 15, eight shires will take to the track in Britain’s first professional race over two furlongs.

The Showerking Flying Feathers Maiden Stakes was won by Joey; video here: http://www.lingfieldpark.co.uk/news/racing-shires-to-appear-on-bbcs-the-one-show/

 





You’ve been asking, so here they are

30 08 2007

Thumbelina and Radar

Thumbelina and Radar, the world’s smallest and tallest horses respectively, together at last. Source

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Cooperation

20 06 2007

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Teaching kids about horse logging

8 06 2007

Jerry Harpole, horse logging contractor, shows kids from Christ the King Academy how horses move logs in and out of the forests through horse logging at the Naval Magazine Indian Island forest in the state of Washington. Horse logging benefits the Navy’s ecosystem by saving the forest from using heavy machinery which causes damage to the environment. Link

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The long and the short and the tall

7 06 2007

Arabella and friends

A Falabella-cross foal named Arabella has been born at the Shire Horse Centre in Norfolk. Isn’t she cute? Link

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Getting your heart’s desire–at 82

21 05 2007

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Hat tip to Marvel for this sweet story: Harry, a nursing home resident in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was asked by the staff what his “heart’s desire” might be, and was given a chance to take up the reins of a good draft team again! More

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A challenger for the title?

13 05 2007

Looks like Radar has some competition as the world’s tallest horse. A Shire filly in Tennessee, Jenson Diplomat Tina, stands 19.2h and may still be growing (she’s only three). Link and link I haven’t had any luck finding a picture of her for you but will keep trying!

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