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Clydesdale Horses

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The beautiful horse giants called Clydesdales are most known for pulling the Budweiser wagon and appearing in TV commercials and is one of the most well-known horse breeds.

Clydesdales are descended from the warhorses of the Middle Ages in Europe and have been used as field workers for centuries in Scotland.

In the late 1800s the Clydesdales came to the United States where the demand for work in the field was great. This however soon declined as the workhorses were replaced by motorized tractors.

As the need for Clydesdales decreased so did their numbers. Thankfully a handful of breeders kept the breed alive as a show and exhibition horse.

Today Clydesdales are beloved of all horse-lovers and are used for draft work and riding.

The most distinguishing features of Clydesdales are their size. On average a Clydesdale can be anywhere from 16.2 hands to 18 hands. They are solidly built and very muscular. Their “feathered” legs are a favorite feature.

Bay is the most common color of a Clydesdale, but they do come in black, brown, and chestnut and sometimes with roan colorations.

(photo from Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clydesdale_horse )

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