The Clydesdale is known for being a heavy draft horse. Clydesdale’s originated in Scotland where the farmers of Lanarkshire discovered this breed. They were bred to meet agricultural needs of farmers, along with commerce for the coal fields and general heavy haulage. The reputation of this breed soon spread across the world. Clydesdale’s are characterized by their broad foreheads, a flat profile, large nostrils, clear eyes, a well-arched neck, muscular body, wide set hooves, and of course their large stature. The overall impression of a Clydesdale is not to be seen as grossly large, but seen for the quality and weight of their stature. The height of a Clydesdale usually ranges from 16.2 to 18.2 hands with weight ranging from 1600 to over 1800 pounds. However, the world’s tallest Clydesdale at this time stands 20.2 hands tall (6’10).
Clydesdale’s are most commonly bay in their coloring, while others can be black, brown, and chestnut. Sometimes they are roan in their coloring which means there are white hairs throughout their solid coat. Clydesdale’s are generally known and preferred to have four socks to the knees and hocks and a well-defined blaze or bald face. Even though this appearance is preferred, it doesn’t mean Clydesdale’s that don’t have these markings are discriminated.
The Clydesdale is a very active horse with a mild temperament. They are rather intelligent and gentle hearted. Clydesdale’s are generally used for work horses, while some are used for showing and pleasure purposes.