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Heavy Horses


Heavy horses were first bred in the middle ages to be strong enough to carry a knight in full armour.

Since then, the breeds have diversified into
horses capable of pulling anything from simple carts to early combined harvests.

Although we mainly see Shire Horses at Hope Show, there are, in fact several breeds of heavies still being bred and shown e.g Clydesdales (made famous by the 'Budweiser' advertisements), Suffolk Punch, Percheron and Bretons (the latter two being originally French breeds) and the Belgian Draught.
Big Jake (a Belgian Draught) who lives in Michigan, USA is currently the world's tallest horse standing at 20 hands 2 and 3/4"
at the shoulder (that's almost 6' 10")