‘Shire horses were once used in their millions, but by the 1960s, only a few thousand remained. numbers have risen again though, thanks to breeders like alistair King, whose super-stud stallion edward has fathered more than 800 offspring!
‘He had another one on the way with mare Carron, but when she picked a bad birthing position in a corner, alistair didn’t have enough room to get the colt clear. Thankfully, the baby boy wasn’t injured, so alistair can continue edward’s bloodline. Given that Shire horses are
endangered, that’s fantastic!’