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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Shire isn't just a magical land where Hobbits live...

Shire is also the name of a breed of horses that originated in England. Originally bred as war horses, the Shire's average weight is around 1,800 pounds. Later in the history of the breed, these gentle giants were trained to work as draft horses. They have a long lifespan of 25-30 years.

Rice Creek Shires is the "horse" side of the Hubbell Farm. At Rice Creek Shires we strive for the ideal horse, one that is as attractive on the inside as on the outside.

Shires have long been known as the most cold blooded breed of horses. (Cold blooded translated into today’s terms means “laid back.”) In fact during the 1920s and 1930s, when the various draft breeds were vying for dominance, Shires were criticized for not having enough fire in their personality.

However, in today’s world, where few of us have the time or luxury of using our horses hour after hour, day after day the Shires' laid back personality is a well appreciated trait to many horse owners. Although they are very calm, they do move at a gait we call a working walk, which is a measured pace which can be sustained all day long.

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