Shire Horse

Name

Shire Horse

Scientific Name

Equus Callabus

Characteristics

Horses are renowned for their strength and agility. 

They were one of the first animals to be domesticated by humans; it is believed that the domestication of horses was widespread by 3000BC. Since then, humans have utilised the horse’s strength and speed to help with farming and transportation. 

Male horses are called stallions and castrated males are known as geldings. Female horses are called mares.

At Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, we have two breeds of horse: a shire horse and a thoroughbred. We also have a Shetland pony.

Shire horses are known for being the biggest species of draft (working) horse; the average height for a stallion 17 hands high (173cm). 

Diet

Horses mostly eat grass, leaves and twigs. They are also fed hay in captivity.

Size Fact

Full grown horses can weight up to 1000kg.

Food Fact

Horses love garlic! We add it to our horses’ feed. It also acts as a natural fly repellent.

Fun Fact

A horse’s teeth take up more room in its head than its brain!

IUCN Red list

Domestic horses are not evaluated on the IUCN red list.

Where do I live?

Horses are a domesticated species. It is believed that they originated from Eurasia.

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