Shires, which originate from England, have a different story. They are believed to be descendants of the Old English Black Horse, which was used in the 17th century. Later on, Friesians, as well as Dutch horses, were bred with the English horse and by the mid-17th century, the Shire was first mentioned. It wasn't until the late 1800s that the breed was officially formed. In the early 1900s, the Shire became popular in the U.S. Then, during World War II, draft horses began to disappear because of purchase of livestock feed was strict. Finally, in the '70s, the horse became popular once more in both America and England.
AppearanceIn appearance, the horses are almost the same, which is probably because of Clydesdale influence in the Shire. Both are big-boned and average 17 hands or more(a hand is four inches). Also, they commonly have white markings on the legs and face with "feathers" around the ankles.
Today, both horses are commonly used for similar activities. Clydesdales often make great riding and sport horses and are often seen pulling carts or even doing agricultural work. Shires, too, are used in sports such as cross country and obstacle driving, or just for everyday riding.