Clydesdale Horse is a draught horse breed. The breed mostly originated in Scotland and it has existed since the eighteenth century. They are originally crossbred horse breeds which resulted from the mating of Flemish Scallions and loc mares. They were bred in Scotland and spread into Northern England. The crossbred result was in the year 1826 got recognized as Clydesdale Horses. Horses in huge numbers were exported to different countries in the year 1877 with the formation of the Breed Society. The horses were in great numbers in New Zealand and Australia. When the first world war was initiated these horses were enormously put into use for war purposes. They used to help in agricultural activities. Their extensive usage in the world war led to a dramatic fall in their numbers. It was the time when this breed was also ranked to be on the verge of extinction by the Rare Breeds Survival Test. In comparison to the past, now this horse breed is less powerful and is able to pull less weight. In the start, these horses were used for heavy pulling such as draught power, road haulage and farming. Now, these horses are more used in carriages.
The Clydesdale Horse breed has some amazing characteristics which make it strikingly different from others. However, history is proof that this horse breed has changed greatly and keeps on changing with time. The horses are strong and are able to pull heavy weights as is done by the shrine horses. The Clydesdale Horses can weigh as heavy as 1000 kgs and can be tall upto 183 cm. The horses talking under this breed are broad muscled and have exceptionally powerful qualities. These horses are induced with great stamina and are super energetic, meaning they are capable of performing long work shifts. These horses are somewhat similar in performance to the shrine breed. Both the breeds are widely used for pulling heavy objects and for pulling carriages. The Clydesdale Horses were earlier found to be present in almost all of the worldly countries but with the changing time their numbers have drastically decreased. The Food and Agriculture Organization in the year 2007 concluded with it’s different statistics that this horse breed is not at the risk of extinction. However, other studies done in the past claim there is a risk of extinction. The latest study which is of Rare Breeds Survival Trust has claimed that this breed is vulnerable and needs to be protected all over.