Clydesdale Horse- Draft Breed

By: Kelsey Gerleman

Physical Characteristics

Height: 17- 19 hands

Weight: 1,700- 2,200 lbs


Origin: Developed mid 1700's in Lanarkshire, Scotland


The most common Clydesdale colors are bay (a deep mahogany brown)


Other characteristics: The preferred markings are four white socks to the knees and a defined blaze or bald face


Purpose: This horse was bred to meet farmers agricultural needs and the demands of commerce for the coal fields and heavy haulage.


Important information: Although this horse has mostly been replaced by tractors and industrial farmers, some are still used on eco-friendly farms.

Works Cited

Breeds of Livestock, Department of Animal Science. (n.d.). Retrieved September 28, 2015.


Clydesdale Working Horse Breed Description & Equine History. (n.d.). Retrieved September 28, 2015