QUESTION: What are Clydesdales used for - besides pulling beer wagons and being in parades? What kind of temperament and health problems are common to this breed?

ANSWER: The Clydesdale originated in Scotland, and in particular, in Lanarkshare, a Lowland county through which the Clyde river runs. The breed was established when Flemish stallions were imported with native Scottish mares. In the 19th century, Clydesdales were used for farming, pulling coal wagons, and canal work.

Clydesdales are very calm, docile, gentle giants. Health problems? Can't think of any specific to the breed. As with all horses, leg injuries and eye injuries are most prevalent.

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