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Closeup of the eye of an English Shire horse at the New England Shire Centre in Ocala, Florida. I fell in love with the large Shire horses there, and I was intrigued by the white eyelashes on this one!
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The New England Shire Centre in Ocala, Florida, is one of the largest English Shire Farms in the world. According to their brochure: The Shire is the largest breed of horses in the world, averaging over 17 hands tall and sometimes reaching over 19 hands and 3000 pounds. Black with white stockings and a blaze on the face is the classic image, but nowadays Shires also come in bays and greys with the white markings. The Shire is a good and faithful worker in agriculture and commerce and has been said to be a synonym for strength, constitution, energy, and endurance. They are docile and kind, but have personality to spare and a strong desire to form a genuine partnership with the people who handle them. They are used for every discipline a horse can be used for, from logging, commercial carriage driving, dressage to trail riding. There are less than 4000 Shires in the world. They are becoming a near extinct breed of horse.