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.