Clydesdale Horse Breed Profile

Clydesdale Horse

History Of The Clydesdale Horse

The Clydesdale horse traces back to Flemish stallions which were imported into the area around the Clyde Valley in the 18th century and were bred to native draught horses. The Clydesdale horse was bred for agricultural work and their great strength was also used in the coal mining industry, for forestry work and for general draught work in the cities. In the 19th century Clydesdale horses were exported to Australia and New Zealand and in 1877 the Clydesdale Horse Society was formed, with a stud book published the following year. Over 1,000 Clydesdale stallions were registered in the first volume. The American Clydesdale Horse Association was formed in 1878.

Height Of The Clydesdale Horse

The Clydesdale horse stands 17.0 hh and over.

Colour Of The Clydesdale Horse

Clydesdale horses are bay, brown, roan and black. Most have white legs and may have some white on the stomach.

Breed Characteristics Of The Clydesdale Horse

The Clydesdale horse has a broad head with a straight profile, a long thick neck, sloping shoulders, short back and muscular hindquarters, and feathered legs. The Clydesdale horse stands with its hocks close together.

Temperament Of The Clydesdale Horse

The Clydesdale horse is lively and intelligent with good temperament.

Uses Of The Clydesdale Horse

Clydesdale horses are used for showing and draught work.

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