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Shire horse in Tennessee may break world record for height


The Knoxville News reports that East Tennessee takes a step closer to having the tallest horse in the world later this month when the public is invited to the official measuring of Tina, a Shire horse, by the Guinness Book of Records.

It’s thought that Britons fighting Caesar's legions used ancestors of the Shires. By the 15th century horse breeders in Britain had perfected the Shire, which was probably the great horse that carried knights in armour. (Brits were keen breeders of horses, cows, sheep, and dogs as the Science Timeline suggests. Angus, Hereford, and Jersey cows, Leicester Longwool sheep, terriers, labs, spaniels, collies. . .)

Very strong and big-barrelled with long, feathered legs, the Shire stands around 19 hands (21 is the record) and has a fine head in comparison to its overall size. An average Shire weighs one ton and is capable of moving a 5-ton load, but is a gentle creature, and very good with children.

Sometime soon we'll have more to say about Knoxville's concluding line, “Shires date to the Trojan War. . ." A mysterious line, that.

Thanks to Instapundit for the news from Knoxville.