Animal Stories - Clydesdale


Animal-World Information about: Clydesdale

   The Clydesdale is one of the most popular heavy horses in the world!
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Chris - 2017-07-28
Looking for a Bay Gelding to drive with our Black Gelding thank you!

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JeffandDebbie Conwell - 2013-07-10
Our Clydesdale has growths under her feathers about 4 inches up from backside of all four of her hooves. They look like duclaws or very weird growing nails. Any idea what this is?

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  • Loren - 2013-10-12
    I have been told by my farrier that these are perfectly normal, and when you get your horses feet trimmed next ask the farrier to cut them off. I have to admit I was a bit freaked out when I saw them for the first time.
  • janet gray - 2014-12-15
    What Loran is saying is correct.Our Clydesdales have them too,and the farrier cuts them off from time to time.
  • Jola - 2018-01-10
    All horses have these; they're just much bigger in heavy draughts. They're called ergots and are remnants of a 'toe' from the 3-toed ancestor of the equus calibus. Remnants of the other toe are now the chestnuts near the knees/hocks.
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Ray - 2017-11-28
Thanks for the amazing info :)

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Clydesdale Mad - 2012-11-25
Who on earth said that Clydesdales were not used for ploughing? Clydesdales were bred in Scotland to work the land as well as for pulling. The true 'Scottish' breed also has 'COW HOCKS' as a standard so that their huge feet would fit into the furrows (and they still do)! Whoever wrote that Clydesdales weren't 'plough' horses is having a joke. What has America done with our Clydesdales. Not bred for ploughing and only used as 'flashy carriage horses'? There weren't any 'flashy carriages' in Scotland (we were too poor) and only 'The Laird' would have carriages when these laddies were bred. Scotland was predominently a FARMING and FISHING country back then. Where do you get your information from? My auld grandfather would turn in his grave if he heard about this.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-25
    I understood the information a little bit differently, saying that  their legs were bred to be very sturdy... so they are excellently suited for pulling carriages on hard cobblestone roads. Also they were used throughout many countries for farm work, so it naturally seems that they would have been used for ploughing. However I can see how it is confusing and you've provided a very interesting tidbit as well, about their being bred with 'cow hocks' as a standard, so their large feet would fit into the furrows.
  • Merida DunBroch - 2016-01-31
    I agree. Clydesdales were used as plough horses for years! That's what they were bred for in the first place! And anyone who thinks that Clydesdales aren't from Scotland, just watch Brave. Merida has one named Angus and Queen Elinor owns a white one.
  • Lori - 2016-09-24
    My half friesian/Clydesdale has CPL (chronic progressive lymphedema and there is no cure. Is it true that almost all Clydesdales end up with this crippling disease? He is 10 years and vet is coming to assess the progression. Got him last April and knew something was amiss. His feathers have been shaved and will remain so.
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Tiffany - 2016-05-15
Clydesdale needed. Must be muscular and strong. Appx. age- 15 yrs. Using for hauling loads up to 230 lbs. Thanks!

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  • Patty - 2016-06-30
    Tiffany are you still looking for a Clydesdale?? I have one available. Thanks, Patty
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e - 2011-08-31
Does that clydesdale in the photo have and eye?

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  • Dray Davy - 2012-04-28
    That horse is beautiful
  • Merida DunBroch - 2016-01-31
    Duh. The eyes are on the sides.
  • Anonymous - 2016-04-18
    Hi the eye is closed not trying to be rude but it is obvious
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desiree - 2009-01-18
I have wanted a horse for a long time now and I decided awhile back that I wanted a Clydesdale and I am happy to have found out that they do make good riding horses. Hopefully I'll be able to get one someday and thank you for helping me get this information.

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  • Lilian - 2015-04-03
    Hello Desiree, how are you doing? Have a Clydesdale, if you have not gotten, please contact me liliandouglas_334@yahoo.com
  • Emily - 2015-10-19
    what do Clydesdales dose
  • michelle - 2015-11-17
    i dont know
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chyendra - 2014-01-18
I like horse stories becouse I had a horse once

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  • Anonymous - 2014-03-08
    I. Love. Horses.
  • loveable - 2014-10-29
    me also
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peter pickering - 2014-08-02
Re Clydesdale Horses. Small point. Your article mentioned "feathers", the long hair on the lower part of the legs. The correct term is "feather", no "S". Feathers are on birds. Sorry to be so pedantic but can someone delete the "s".

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  • Anonymous - 2014-08-02
    Consider it done... These guys are definetly not flying around the barnyard..Thanks!
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charli watkins - 2011-04-12
I have a clydesdale and he is so handsome his name is Merlin. Me and my mum do absolutely anything for him. He is 21 now but even though he is getting slower I think he still has alot of life left in him. He does suffer with feet problems and lots of money has gone into it and I was wondering if they are common to get problems like that? I do advise if you buy one to rug them in the winter by the time they are 18 beacuse they start using all of the food you give them to keep them warm and become anorexic.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    A Clydesdale is a big guy and from what I have read, many are subjected to feet problems. He is older and even us humans have foot problems as we get older. There are various foot balms that are recommended - I don't know if they work or if they help. The way I look at it is if they are natural then what can it hurt. I have a litle amazon who is 27 and he has arthritis in his toes. Now I can't give him aspirin but he gets around just fine.
  • Linda Gregson - 2013-11-28
    We have a beautiful now 12 year old mare. We have had her since she was 4. Her temperament is lovely and she is easily loved, but she has in the last 12 months had feet problems which started with Mud rash on all 4 feet. After various treatments we got rid of it on all four feet and then one came back. It has been and still is a nightmare. We are hopefully getting somewhere now. Her feet have been constantly washed with various solutions and treatments, some have helped but still not gotten rid of it. It was diagnosed as pastern dermatitis. She has also been lame. Some of the treatment I fear has caused her a foot rot/thrush condtion to her frog. That I fear was an antibiotic solution used after the wash for the last couple of months. I am now trying a Tasmanian Kunzea oil mixed with Dermosolve. Hopeful. We have her also on seaweed in her feed and have started on Echinacea to try and build some of her immune back after endless antibiotics.
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