The Clydesdale is a breed of draft horse derived from the very hard working farm horses of Clydesdale, Scotland, and named for that region. Thought to be more than three hundred years old, the breed was extensively used for pulling heavy loads in rural, industrial and urban Scottish settings. They were still in use up until the 1960s when they were a still a familiar sight pulling carts of milk and beer.
Clydesdales are noted for their rugged grace and versatility; they are strong yet amiable animals exceeding 18 hands (1.8 meters or 6 feet) in height and over one ton (2,000 pounds) in weight. A Clydesdale has a large head with somewhat arched profile, or Roman-nose, small ears, intelligent eyes and profuse forelock. The neck is generally straight, the chest deep, the shoulders with a lot of heavy bone. The back is rather short and a little curved, the withers high and the rump presenting a distinctively rounded silhouette. The legs should be long and strong with characteristically large hoof size, being about twice the width of a thoroughbred race horse's. The characteristic action of a Clydesdale is demonstrated at a trot.
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