Clydesdale Horse Breed Profile

The Clydesdale horse has its origins from Flemish stallions from Belgium which were imported into Scotland in the 18th century and bred with native draught horses for agricultural work and the coal mining industry. In the 19th century Clydesdale horses were exported to Australia and New Zealand.

Breed Uses
Competition Cross
Dressage Cross
Driving Cross
Endurance Cross
Jumping Cross
Racing Cross
Ranch Cross
Riding Cross
Rodeo Cross
Showing Tick
Trail Cross
Working Tick
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Clydesdale Horse Fact File

Origins: The Clydesdale horse traces back to Flemish stallions which were imported into the Clyde Valley (Scotland) in the 18th century and were bred to native draught horses. The Clydesdale 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. The American Clydesdale Horse Association was formed in 1878.

Characteristics: Broad head with a straight profile, a long thick neck, sloping shoulders, phort back and muscular hindquarters, and feathered legs. Stands with hocks close together.

Height: 17.0 hands and over

Color: Bay, brown, roan and black. Most have white legs and may have some white on the stomach

Personality: Lively and intelligent with good temperament

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