Equis ISSN 2398-2977


Contributor(s): Bob Langrish, Vetstream Ltd


  • Coldblood.


  • Clydesdale   Clydesdale  .

General information

  • Indigenous to Scotland.
  • First stud book published in 1878.
  • First British Draught horse to have a society.
  • Also popular in the USA.
  • Gentle and calm.
  • Elegant horse with a high stepping action.
  • Similar to the Shire   Shire  .
  • The Clydesdale horse is in Category 3 ('vulnerable') on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) Rare Breeds Watch List, officially classifying it as a rare breed in the UK, with numbers between 500-900. This is based on the number of registered breeding females in the UK.
  • Visit the RBST website to view their full Watch List 2014 -  https://www.rbst.org.uk/watchlist-2014.pdf . 


  • Native stock   →    Belgian Draught   →    Shire   Shire  .

Principal uses

  • Heavy draught.


  • Registered.

Biologic Data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Weaver M P & Wilant L (2012) Owner survey of tarsocrural effusion (bog spavin) in Clydesdale horses. Vet Rec 170 (11), 286 PubMed.
  • O'Meara B (2012) Bog spavin: recognising the problem is the first step towards recovery. Vet Rec 170 (11), 284-285 (Editorial) PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Hendricks B L (1995) International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN: 8-8061-2753-8.
  • Ball C (1994) Horse and Pony Breeds. Quintet Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 1-85076-500-6.
  • Hartley Edwards E (1994) The Encyclopedia of the Horse. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN: 1-7513-011-59.


  • The Clydesdale Horse Society, 24 Beresford Terrace, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.
  • British Horse Society, British Equestrian Center, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LR, UK.
  • Clydesdale Breeders of the United States, 17378 Kelley Road, Pecatonica, IL 61063, USA.
  • Clydesdale Operations, Anheuser Busch, 1 Busch Place, St Louis, MO 63118, USA.