Shire horses have been in the UK since around 900 AD and these majestic animals with the gentlest of natures have been used throughout the centuries in a wide variety of roles and to this day are stillthe breed chosen to draw the prestigous Lord Mayors Coach in the annual parade. The are known for being 'gentle giants' and for the feather (hair) at the bottom of their legs.
Up until the mid 20th century they were used largely on the land for ploughing, timbering and so forth but their role was then taken over by tractorsand other machinery and their numbers gradually declined. Whilst not traditionally thought of as a carriage horse The Ostler keep a certain number of them to ensure that they still have a role to play even in the 21st century
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The Ostler is home to 10 White Shire Horses