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Shire horse retires from Wadworth brewery

Tom the shire horse
Shire horses can live beyond 25 years

The largest shire horse at a brewery in Wiltshire is retiring after eight years of pulling the dray for the company's beer and cider deliveries.

Fourteen-year-old Tom, who measures 18.2 hands - just over 6ft (1.87m) to his shoulders - has arthritis and will retire to HorseWorld in Bristol.

Head horseman at Wadworth, Barry Petherick said: "We'll miss him but the time has come for him to take it easy."

His fellow horses Prince, Monty and Max will carry on with the deliveries.

'Enjoy retirement'

Mr Petherick said: ""We're really sad to see him go. He's enjoyed his work and has been an excellent ambassador for Wadworth.

"He has won many awards with the team over the years at county shows. HorseWorld is a great place for him to enjoy his retirement."

Tom is said to be a real character who enjoys treats such as carrots and apples but does not enjoy being groomed.

The charity, Horse World is based at Whitchurch in Bristol and was founded in the 1950s to provide care for retired working horses.

Shire horses can live beyond 25 years.

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