Draft Horse Clydesdales

Horses October 10, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF
Clydesdales pulling a Wagon

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

Clydesdales are well noted for their white faces and leg markings as well as the bell-bottom effect created by the excessive feathering on their lower legs.

Six to eight horse hitches are used for advertising a well-known beer brewery and other companies. The Clydesdale's long, springy stride, with extreme flexion of the knees and hocks, makes this horse ideal for a spectacular hitch.

Clydesdales are taller, weigh less, and are cleaner and flatter in their bone structure than other draft horses. Although attractive, these draft horses tend to be more nervous than other draft breeds. They can be registered through the Clydesdale Breeders Association of the United States.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.