What Are Clydesdale Horses Used For?

As I have seen these iconic horses being used in public promotions and advertisements by a brewing company in the United States, I became very inquisitive on the idea if these Clydesdales can be more than this. Be more than just aesthetic figures with all those fancy feathery markings on their lower legs, in exact. Well, after doing some fact-searching, I found out that they are more than just style but actually with great substance! Here are some of the deets that I would like to share with you.

Clydesdales Are Amazing Horse But What They For?

Harnessed Clydesdales

So what are these Clydesdale horses used for? These horses are originally drafted using Genetics in order to create agricultural helpers during ancient times and in times of drought. As they developed, they have been already used in different industry, in the market use and for transportation. They were bred to meet both agricultural and commercial needs: working on farms as well as hauling coal.

Moreover, during the time of war, these horses were mainly used as war horses that carry different weapons and heavily armed fighters and soldiers. And along the way, they have been used for both leisure, driving and until today, as carriage horses and parade horses. Truly, these modified horses have contributed a lot in the way of living and sustenance of people in the history.

Some of you might think on how these drafted horses being used in the current generation that mostly being run by advanced technology-based machineries. Well as I have mentioned earlier, they were greatly used before as agricultural helpers but they were eventually replaced by different kinds of electric tractors and cultivators through time.

As for other purposes, these horses are mostly used as show horses. They were shown in lead lines and harness classes in some state affairs as well as national exhibitions. Some of the well-known breeds are members of the Budweiser Clydesdales and the said horses became the international symbol of both the breed and the brand

Other facts:

  • Currently, they have been used for parades, entertainment shows, carriage purposes and for transportation of disabled people. In fact, for the last 4 years, these majestic horses have been trotting for a different reason in Yakima. They are being used in Yakima as mode of transportation and every dollar that they collect, they give it to a special organization that mainly helps disabled children in Yakima. Indeed, these Clydesdale horses are more than just style and art, but possess this great significance in the society.
  • Clydesdales are relatively strong because they can actually pull objects that are much heavier than themselves. This also need a lot of food and water. Like every day, they need 20-25 kg of grain with minerals and vitamins and 50-60 kg hay. With these, Clydesdales become very thirsty that they need to drink over 100 L of water daily.
  • The vulnerability of these horses have been encountered by year 1975 and there are remaining 80 licensed animals and considered as the Rare Breed Survival Trust.
  • As of now, Clydesdale are more numerous in United States where over 600 foals are reportedly born each year. The other members of the breed are used as drum horses by the British Household Cavalry. They have also been used to create and improve other breeds.

The Present Status of the Clydesdale Horses

The improvement and mechanization of farming not just in United States but around the world, have gradually reduced the numbers of Clydesdales. After World War II, only a few of the species have survived the kind of stress that it resulted to all species around, to Clydesdales specifically. However, a resurgence of popularity since 1980s and up to the present.

Related Questions:

Where do these Clydesdale horses originate?

This breed is named after and derived from the farm horses of Clydesdale (old name is Lanarkshire), a district in Scotland. The characteristics of these horses were caused by the interbreeding and series of crossbreeding of stallions and mares brought to the country.

What are the distinct characteristics of Clydesdale horses?

These genetically modified horses possess roaming pattern, bay color, body spotting, white markings and extensive feathery legs. They have deep, muscular chests, powerful hindquarters and strong, big feet.

What is the behavior of the said horses?

Clydesdale is a spirited and intelligent horse. However, it can also be tender, gentle-hearted, and can be easily trained. They lift each foot high of the ground as they step. Despite their size, however, Clydesdales give an impression of grace and efficiency.

Best condition of these horses for breeding?

After reaching 3-4 years of age, Clydesdale mares are already ready for breeding while stallions can breed when they are 2 to 4 years of age. Mares are pregnant for about 11 months and give birth to a single foal. A mare can give up to 12 gallons of milk to her foal each day and the foal can gain like 4 pounds per day. And average Clydesdale foals are already almost a meter tall at birth.

What are the most famous Clydesdales in the world?

The most famous Clydesdales in the world are the Budweiser Clydesdales. For the past 75 years, Anheuser-Busch has been exhibiting these horses, which are bred specifically to represent the Budweiser name.

Worth of each Clydesdale horse?

The price of each horse varies. It depends on many factors like size, age, color bloodline, level of training and more. Top level Clydesdales may cost as much as a luxury automobile.


I have owned over 50 horses and currently own a small horse farm with 8 horses. I have competed on and off for over 25 years while doing mostly trail riding and cow sorting these days. I write these articles to help anyone out there if you love this article pin it to your Pinterest or Share on other social media platform. Thanks for visiting.

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