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Clydesdales are large draught horses derived from farm horses of Clydesdale,rnScotland. Theyrnwere developed by the farmers of Lanarkshire, through which the River Clydernflows. The old name for Lanarkshire is Clydesdale. They were originally used for agriculture and hauling, and they stillrnare used for draught purposes today. They have also been used to create andrnimprove other draught breeds.

rnrnThey werernbred to meet not only the agricultural needs of these farmers, but the demandsrnof commerce for the coal fields of Lanarkshire and for all the types of heavyrnhaulage on the streets of Glasgow. The breed soon acquired more than a localrnreputation, and in time, the breed spread throughout the whole of Scotland andrnnorthern England.

rnrnIn the late 19th and early 20th centuries, thousandsrnof Clydesdales were exported from Scotland and sent throughout the world,rnincluding to Australia and New Zealand, where they became known as "thernbreed that built Australia". However, during World War I populationrnnumbers began to decline due to increasing mechanization and war conscription.rnThis decline continued, and by the 1970s, the Rare Breeds Survival Trustrnconsidered the breed vulnerable to extinction. Population numbers havernincreased slightly in the intervening time, but they are still thought to bernvulnerable.

rnrnThe original Clydesdales were one of the smaller breeds ofrndraught horses, but now they are a tall breed. Clydesdales have gone through several changes of emphasis, overrnthe years, to meet the demands of the times. In the 20's and 30's the demandrnwas for a more compact horse; of late, it has been for taller horses. Most Clydesdaleshorsesrnrange in size from 16.2 to 18 hands and weigh between 1600 and 1800 lbs. Somernof the mature stallions and geldings are taller and weigh up to 2200 lbs. Withrnthe changes in the size and type of horse wanted, the Clydesdale emphasis onrnunderpinning has remained paramount.

rnrnClydesdale usually are colored bay, however, Black, brown, andrnchestnut are also seen with roans (solid body color with white hairs throughoutrnthe coat) in all of the colors. The preferred markings are four white socks tornthe knees and hocks, and a well-defined blaze or bald face.

rnrnSome ofrnthe most famous members Clydesdale are the teams that make up the hitches ofrntheBudweiser Clydesdales. TheBudweiser Clydesdales were first owned by theBudweiser Breweryat the end ofProhibition, and have since become an international symbol of bothrnthe breed and the brand. The Budweiser breeding program, with its strictrnstandards of color and conformation, have influenced the look of the breed inrnthe United States to the point that many people believe that Clydesdales arernalwaysbaywithwhiternmarkings.

Clydesdale Horses Associations


The Clydesdale Breeders of the United States - www.clydesusa.com


The Clydesdale Horse Society - www.clydesdalehorsesociety.com


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