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Horse Articles :: Clydesdale Draught Horse
Clydesdale Draught Horse
The ancestry of these large draught horses can be traced
back to the early 19th century in Clydesdale (now Lanarkshire)
Scotland. Being a large horse, the Clydesdale was needed for
both agricultural and commercial roles.
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The coalfields of Lanarkshire and the streets of Glasgow are
where the Clydesdale horses first made their work debut. The
desire was to breed a horse with large feet and long legs
to aid work in the Scottish soil, so stallions from Belgium
and England were imported to breed with the smaller mares.
What we know as the modern day Clydesdale horse was the result
The Clydesdale horses soon become world renound and the Scottish
breeders exported them to the US, Canada and as far as New
Zealand and Australia. The Clydesdale horse is now almost
exclusively the only large draught horse in Scotland where
it originates, though it is still sought after throughout
the world. You can even find Clydesdale horses working for
an enormous US brewery, pulling promo beer wagons around at
special events. They make it possible for you to view these
horses close-up in their temporary stables. The horses are
sort of goodwill ambassadors for their company. And darn good
ones too, one might say.
With regards to weight, Clydesdales are normally between 1600-2000
pounds. They usually stand 16 to 19 hands high (162.5 to 193
cm, or 64 to 76 in) at the shoulder. Though larger than the
original Scottish breed, the large feet, solid legs and characteristic
looks of the original Clydesdale horses have been retained.
The colors of the coats are very vivid, the face is usually
white, and the most popular trait for a performing team of
these magnificent horses is four white socks which reach the
knees. You will normally see a Clydesdale horse in a bay colour,
and the legs will likely be feathered with white hair from
the knee down. You can also find various other colours such
as black, brown and chestnut. It is fine to accept these for
The overview of theses horses is one of a sturdily built,
incredibly strong yet agile horse. They naturally adopt a
high-head position giving them a proud appearance. Even when
stood still, their power, agility and calm temperament is
apparent. Once seen performing, Clydesdale horses are an awe-inspiring
site which leave a lasting impression!
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