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.
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Holsteiner
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flagAustralia
53%
9%
25%
11%
43
flagthe United Kingdom
50%
10%
25%
13%
120
flagRepublic of Ireland
50%
5%
33%
11%
18
flagAustria
42%
21%
15%
21%
33
flagCanada
42%
15%
21%
21%
19
flagthe Netherlands
42%
28%
7%
21%
14
flagGreece
39%
8%
4%
47%
23
flagPoland
38%
16%
24%
19%
11108
flagGermany
37%
13%
19%
29%
194
flagKazakhstan
35%
5%
47%
5%
17
flagthe United States
32%
18%
35%
13%
332
flagSwitzerland
30%
10%
10%
50%
20
flagItaly
30%
30%
30%
7%
13
flagUkraine
29%
23%
30%
16%
260
flagIndia
26%
23%
34%
13%
201
flagRussia
25%
20%
37%
16%
124
flagUnknown
23%
17%
23%
35%
17
flagBelarus
15%
37%
25%
21%
32
flagthe Philippines
15%
31%
42%
10%
19
flagPakistan
12%
25%
43%
18%
16