Clydesdale Horse | The BIGGEST HORSES In The World

Clydesdale Horse | The BIGGEST HORSES In The World

Have you ever seen those Budweiser parades and thought.

wow! That horse is huge what breed is it?

Well, turns out that you are not alone, many people know the Clydesdale Horse by its physical appearance and obviously Budwiser parades.

These giant and magnificent species caught my attention so well that I took a deep leap into their history and everything, and this is what I found. 

I am going to share all that knowledge through this blog.

Quick information about Clydesdale Horse

  • Weight: approx 1,600 to 2,400 pounds.
  • Height: 6 feet.
  • Appearance: long muscular legs with white feathering on them and a broad forehead. 
  • Use: good for riders (all levels).
  • Life span: 20 to 25 years. 
  • Scientific name: Equus caballus.

History and Origin of Clydesdale Horse

The name Clydesdale Horse was originated from the Clyde River which flows through the Lanarkshire district.

Lanarkshire district is where this heavy draft horse’s breed was developed during the 18th and 19th centuries.

This breed of horse is blessed with thick coats, a strong and durable body with agility. All these factors are very important for a horse to survive the harsh climate of Scotland. 

The name Clydesdale was first used in an exhibition in Glasgow in 1826. By 1840 Clydesdale Horse was bred with local stallions and the breed spread across the area. 

In 1877, the Clydesdale Horse Society of Scotland was established and in 1879 it was renamed the Clydesdale Breeders of the USA.

Rise of Clydesdale Horse

The mid-90s in Scotland experienced a huge export in the Clydesdale Horse, as now they were in demand in many countries. The facts say that 20,183 export certificates were issued between 1884 and 1945, and among those majority were for the British empire, north and south America, western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Russia.

To circulate the breeding of Clydesdale Horse in 1818 the commonwealth Clydesdale Horse Society was established. The Clydesdale Horse was bred so widely between 1906 and 1936 that other breeds of horses became a second thought.

The Decline of Clydesdale Horse

The number of Clydesdale Horses experienced a huge decline in the early 20th century because the prevailing world was one condition. One more factor that contributed a lot to the decline of the popularity of Clydesdale Horse was a surge in the use of technology.

In 2005 the Clydesdale Horse was given ‘at risk’ status because there were only 1500 breeding females left in the UK. 

In 2010, the population of Clydesdale Horse raised to 5000.

Breeding of Clydesdale Horse.

The reproductive rates and cycle of a Clydesdale Horse are the same as of any other breed of horse. Upon mating, the mare goes through 11 months gestation period, which varies slightly.

They give birth to a single child and the child is called a foal.

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Features of Clydesdale Horse

The breed has evolved a lot and now has shaped itself with the changing times. 

Here are some of the features of the Clydesdale Horse.

  • Size

Currently, the size and weight of a Clydesdale Horse is around 162-183 cm tall and 820-910 kg in weight, however, there are some males bigger and heavier than that.

The horse surely has decreased in size since its beginning due to cross-breeding and other factors. 

  • Color

They are of ‘bay’ color (reddish-brown) their coat is either solid or has roan marking or spots on it. They have white stocking legs and have some facial marks. 

  • Movement

They run as a common hitch horse raising each hoof off the ground.

  • Temperament

The Clydesdale Horse is also known as giant gentle because of its cool temperament. Despite being huge in size, they are very tamable.

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Uses of Clydesdale Horse

During the initial years is the introduction of the Clydesdale Horse, they were mainly used for transportation, forestry, and other manually demanding jobs. Even today they are used for forestry and driving. 

Now they are also riding for fun and used as a display because of their looks and built. 

They are best chosen for parades and for carriages. 

Due to their calm nature, they are very tamable and very easy to train hence the British household uses them as drum horses for leading ceremonies and parades.

Clydesdale Horse’s Diet

Clydesdale Horse is a herbivore, which means that their entire diet consists of plants and grains. One Clydesdale Horse can eat 3 to 11 pounds of grain and 21 to 26 pounds of hay per day which is twice as much as an average size breed, their water intake is also twice of a normal horse.

Their feeding and activity levels depend on their age as well as their weight. 

Talking about Clydesdale Horse’s baby, he also has a  good diet and the mother can produce 100 pounds of milk per day.

The nutritious milk helps in the growth of the baby Clydesdale Horse, he can grow about 4 pounds per day.

Handling and Training of Clydesdale Horse

Despite being huge in size, Clydesdale Horse is very table and is of a very calm nature. Training the right riding posture and learning how to handle a horse is very important for the owner.

The horse exercises itself by running in a paddock while riding, etc he gets used to the behavior quickly. 

But still, the horse should be approached gently and should not be tamed by force. 

The best tip would be to not reach your horse from front or rear while riding but to approach him from an angle that he is comfortable with and continue to approach him from that angle so that he knows when you are up for a ride. 

Health issues.

Clydesdale Horse is a fun-loving, relaxed horse breed, and rarely suffers from anxiety. 

But some may experience lymphedema, which can cause swelling in their legs, and when ignored for a long time can grow into infection under the fur.

Should you get a Clydesdale Horse?

A Clydesdale Horse will be good as a family horse because he is tamable and is very friendly in nature. Heus beautiful and will fit well with the family.

You can take it for long rides also good for pulling cargoes and wagons.


But the downside is their build and diet.

A 24 by 24-foot stall is considered normal for an average Clydesdale Horse, therefore you need ample space for him.

Also, the diet of a Clydesdale Horse is very good and needs nutritious food for survival, hence good money is spent on his diet.

Overall, if you can afford a good diet and ample space for the horse, you can buy it.

How much Does a Clydesdale Horse Cost?

The bare minimum that you can accept for a Clydesdale Horse is $1000, and if you want to buy a bay or black Clydesdale Horse then minimum the price rises to $3,500 to $7,000 and can be even more as they are in high demand. 

Before buying the horse make sure to check all the health issues related to the horse, also make sure to research the organization selling the horse.

You should also spend some time with the horse at the stable, to know the calmness and behavior of the horse.

Parting Words

So this was all about Clydesdale Horse, it sure is a well-mannered and beautiful horse breed, but it takes a lot of effort and money to maintain it.

If you can do that then this breed is the best for you. 

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