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
75%
12%
12%
0%
16
flagCzech Republic
63%
0%
36%
0%
11
flagFinland
60%
20%
20%
0%
10
flagSweden
58%
0%
23%
17%
17
flagAustralia
50%
8%
25%
16%
12
flagPoland
46%
14%
21%
17%
8794
flagAustria
45%
18%
27%
9%
11
flagthe United Kingdom
43%
14%
26%
14%
182
flagGermany
43%
17%
19%
19%
98
flagNorway
41%
17%
5%
29%
17
flagItaly
40%
6%
33%
20%
15
flagthe United States
39%
13%
35%
11%
292
flagUnknown
38%
19%
23%
19%
426
flagFrance
38%
14%
33%
14%
21
flagCanada
36%
22%
13%
22%
22
flagthe Netherlands
35%
25%
30%
10%
20
flagRepublic of Ireland
33%
9%
28%
28%
21
flagUkraine
27%
31%
27%
13%
22
flagIndia
20%
22%
37%
18%
86

Gender

men29%
women42%
Shire
30%
42%
Oldenburg
20%
14%
Holsteiner
26%
25%
Friesian
22%
18%

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