The non-toxic cattle-paint is in fact a ruse to prevent horseflies from biting . Scientists have found black and white stripes are unappetizing to horseflies. Horseflies hate how stripes reflect light and prefer 'flat' light of dark coats.
The people in Iceland treat their horses with respect- instead of rounding them up with helicopters and putting them in deplorable holding pens. They use them in ecotourism, something that could easily happen here.
The Shire horse is a breed of draught horse or draft horse. The breed comes in many colours, including black, bay and grey. They are a tall breed, with mares standing 16 hands and over and stallions standing 17 hands and over