The Ostler is home to 4 White Shire Horses

White Shire Horses have been in the UK since around 900 AD and these majestic animals with the gentlest of natures have been used throughout the centuries in a wide variety of roles and to this day are still the breed chosen to draw the prestigious Lord Mayors Coach in the annual parade. They are known for being ‘gentle giants’ and for the feather (hair) at the bottom of their legs. Up until the mid 20th century they were used largely on the land for ploughing, timbering and so forth but their role was then taken over by tractors and other machinery and their numbers gradually declined. Whilst not traditionally thought of as a carriage horse The Ostler keep a certain number of them to ensure that they still have a role to play even in the 21st century

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