What horse breed is the largest?

Shire
Oldenburg
Holsteiner
Friesian
Shires have held the world records for both largest overall horse and tallest horse at various times. The breed was valued during the Middle Ages, but the in­creas­ing role of gun­pow­der brought an end to the use of heavy horses in battle. Oliver Cromwell's cavalry favored lighter, faster mounts and the big horses began to be used for draught work instead.

Answers distribution

Shire
Oldenburg
Holsteiner
Friesian
answers
flagthe United Arab Emirates
73%
13%
13%
0%
15
flagSweden
72%
0%
9%
18%
11
flagCzech Republic
63%
0%
36%
0%
11
flagAustralia
50%
8%
25%
16%
12
flagAustria
50%
10%
30%
10%
10
flagItaly
46%
7%
30%
15%
13
flagPoland
46%
14%
21%
17%
7416
flagthe United Kingdom
45%
13%
25%
15%
166
flagGermany
45%
17%
18%
19%
82
flagNorway
43%
18%
0%
31%
16
flagthe United States
38%
13%
35%
12%
281
flagCanada
38%
19%
14%
23%
21
flagUnknown
36%
17%
24%
21%
175
flagFrance
36%
15%
31%
15%
19
flagRepublic of Ireland
36%
5%
31%
26%
19
flagthe Netherlands
33%
27%
33%
5%
18
flagUkraine
30%
30%
25%
15%
20
flagIndia
22%
20%
35%
19%
81

Gender

men30%
women40%
Shire
30%
40%
Oldenburg
17%
14%
Holsteiner
27%
25%
Friesian
23%
19%

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