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
flagSweden
80%
0%
0%
20%
10
flagthe United Arab Emirates
73%
13%
13%
0%
15
flagCzech Republic
63%
0%
36%
0%
11
flagAustralia
50%
8%
25%
16%
12
flagthe United Kingdom
46%
13%
24%
15%
157
flagGermany
46%
16%
18%
18%
80
flagItaly
46%
7%
30%
15%
13
flagPoland
45%
13%
21%
18%
6743
flagNorway
43%
18%
0%
31%
16
flagUnknown
42%
9%
23%
25%
52
flagCanada
38%
19%
14%
23%
21
flagRepublic of Ireland
38%
5%
33%
22%
18
flagthe United States
37%
13%
35%
12%
271
flagFrance
36%
15%
31%
15%
19
flagthe Netherlands
33%
27%
33%
5%
18
flagUkraine
26%
31%
26%
15%
19
flagIndia
22%
20%
35%
19%
81

Gender

men32%
women40%
Shire
32%
40%
Oldenburg
15%
13%
Holsteiner
27%
26%
Friesian
24%
19%

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