Toby is our beautiful Shire Horse. You’ll find him in the children’s barn, often kicking his door to get your attention! He is getting grumpy in his old-age, so he has to remain behind his gate.
Shires are strong, yet placid horses. They are the largest draught horse in Britain. Toby is approx.18 hh (hands) tall at the withers (base of his neck). Shire Horses were used to work the land on farms before the introduction of tractors, undertaking work such as ploughing the fields. Traditionally the tail would be kept short to prevent it becoming tangled in machinery. This breed was forced into decline by agricultural mechanisation and is now on the RBST (Rare Breeds Survival Trust) At Risk watchlist.