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Clydesdale

The country’s elegance

Clydesdale
origin:Scotland
life expectancy:20 to 35 years
scientific name:E. caballus
family:Equidae
height:164 to 172 cm
Temperament: Coldbloodconservation: secureSaddleOlympic Games/Dressage/Show jumpingAgriculture/Ranch
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History [ edit ]

The Clydesdale got his name from the region where he was developed over three centuries ago. Now called Lanarkshire, the Scottish region, near the Clyde River, was a farm area that needed horse power to help in agriculture. In the 18th century, Flemish studs were imported and bred with local mares. The result was a heavy and strong horse that quickly grew in popularity because of his ability to work. In the next century, the breed would be improved by being crossed with Cleveland Bays and Shire horses.

It was very common to find throughout Scotland Clydesdales doing all sorts of farm jobs from pulling heavy loads to delivering milk. The breed was exported to the USA and Australia in the nineteenth century where it was an instant success.

With the industrial revolution the demand for this horse decreased drastically, to the point of only existing less then 100 exemplars worldwide. In the farms, tractors and other machinery took his place, and everywhere else, motor vehicles took over his path. After nailing publicity contracts an