Toby was our beautiful Shire Horse.
Sadly he had to be put down on 17th December 2017. He was suffering with inoperable Colic, which the vet was unable to cure. Toby was one of our most popular animals on the farm and is going to be sorely missed.
Shires are strong, yet placid horses. They are the largest draught horse in Britain. They 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.