The Shire, is an English draft horse, has been known by various names, including the Great Horse, War Horse, English Cart Horse, and Old English Black Horse. The first Shires in North America were brought to London, Ontario, Canada, in 1836 and to Massachusetts in 1844. Although they were imported specifically to improve the quality of common draft horses, Shires have never attained a very great popularity in the United States.
The Shire is the tallest of the draft breeds, a mature stallion often standing more than 17 hands high. Since Shires are rangy, a horse of this size may weigh about 2,000 pounds. Bay, brown, and black are the usual colors, but gray, chestnut, and roan are also found.