The Clydesdale horse was bred for agricultural work in Lanarkshire in the early 18th century. The reputation of the horses’ great strength and hardworking nature spread and soon the breed 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, New Zealand and America.Following a low in numbers in the 1960s and 70s the Clydesdale horse is classified as ‘At Risk’ by the Rare Breeds Society
The Clydesdale Horse stands from 16hh to over 18hh
The Clydesdale horse has a broad head with a straight profile, a long thick neck, sloping shoulders, muscular hindquarters, and feathered legs. Clydesdales are predominantly bay, brown, roan or black coloured. Most have white legs and may have some white on the stomach.
The Clydesdale horse is lively, energetic and intelligent with good temperament. Despite its draught horse status it is also noted for being graceful.
Clydesdale Horses are mainly used for showing, weddings, breeding and draught work. They are proven allrounders