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
68%
15%
15%
0%
19
flagCzech Republic
63%
0%
36%
0%
11
flagSweden
61%
0%
22%
16%
18
flagAustralia
50%
8%
25%
16%
12
flagPoland
46%
14%
21%
17%
9231
flagGermany
45%
16%
18%
18%
101
flagAustria
45%
18%
27%
9%
11
flagMexico
45%
18%
27%
9%
11
flagthe United Kingdom
43%
14%
26%
15%
187
flagNorway
41%
17%
5%
29%
17
flagItaly
40%
6%
33%
20%
15
flagthe United States
38%
13%
35%
11%
299
flagFrance
38%
14%
33%
14%
21
flagUnknown
37%
19%
23%
19%
447
flagthe Netherlands
36%
20%
24%
20%
25
flagCanada
36%
22%
13%
22%
22
flagRepublic of Ireland
33%
9%
28%
28%
21
flagUkraine
26%
30%
26%
17%
23
flagRussia
20%
40%
20%
20%
10
flagIndia
19%
20%
39%
18%
91

Gender

men29%
women42%
Shire
29%
42%
Oldenburg
20%
14%
Holsteiner
26%
25%
Friesian
22%
18%

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