Found in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire mostly, the shrine breed is an ancient British draught horse. Like many other old breeds, its specific bases are unexplained.
It is thought to have settled from “the Grand Horse,” a modern war mount that can be seen from the Middle Ages. Nevertheless, the discovery of explosives reduced the call for a big horse in battle, and as troops adapted to lighter mounts, the bigger horses were frequently used in farming or for towing massive carriages.
The Great grand Horses were apparently met with Friesians breeds according to historians and other varieties to create a strong draught beast called, which is popularly called the Old English Black Horse way back in the 17th century.
Throughout the 19th century, Shire breeds were made to carry anything which cannot be moved by humans, as previously mentioned, fulfilling the energy and foundation of the UK going until the discovery of the internal combustion engine. Shrines passed heavy assets from the piers to the towns and farmland; they hauled assets to and from the lines; they drew barges; they accumulated trash from big towns; they ran in fields; and they were remarkably successful as dray horses, dragging ale from the factory to the bars.
Like many draught varieties, the business of farming following the Second World War decimated their numbers. Previously there had been over a million Shires in the UK alone and the United States, but by the 1960s, there were barely several thousand left.
Shrines are grand horses, with a long, arched neck, well-sprung ribs, strong, sloping hindquarters, and ample feathering on the legs.
Still, they are tender giants, patient, and helpful with a balanced character. A horse bred for several centuries to haul heavy loads within city streets should not be ominous or hot, and most Shires are sharp and patterned. They also are delicate and anxious to perform and can be easy to train and pet.
The special thing about them is that upon mixing with thoroughbreds and other fast horses, they can create a rather extraordinary horse breed that is suitable for athletic sports and other huge players.
British Olympic dressage rider Carol Parsons got two Shire/TB crosses, named Walter and Giddy, and taught them all the way to Grand Prix, battling triumphantly at CDI levels.
We all know that when Carol Parsons got two mixes bred shrines names Walter and giddy and taught and trained them for the Grand Prix, Walter got fifth, giddy stood second in freestyle Hickstead CDI in 2004 and nationals in 05 and 06 respectively.