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Clydesdale

History:

Clydesdale horses have been around for over 300 years. In the 17 th century, they were used in warehouses and today, they are the celebrity animal mascot for a popular company. These horses got their name after being draft horses of local farms in Clydesdale, Scotland, which is presently Lanarkshire, Scotland. Clydesdale’s were used in farming and pulling heavy loads in rural, urban, and industrial places. In the 1960’s these horses could be seen pulling milk or vegetable carts around towns. They could also be seen as the celebrity advertiser for Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company where the horses are still their mascot today. In 1975, this horse breed took a turn for the worst. The total population decreased to about 80 horses. But fortunately, the horses became, and still are, very popular and in demand. The breed population went from 80 to 5,000 horses which are still growing with about 600 foals each year. Other than a few eco-friendly, tradtional farmers, Clydesdale's are being replaces by tractor's and machinery on many farms.

Facts:

Clydesdale horses are known for the enormous stature, and feather above their hooves. They can be up to six feet weighing around 2,000 pounds. They have a large head, small ears, a deep chest, and heavy bone structure. The feather above their hooves is a thick mane and heavy coat that was first developed to help the horses survive in the Scottish climate. This well known feature was first developed in the first breeding between the Fleming and English breeds. Clydesdale horses can be any color from bay, to brown, to chestnut, and black, with a generally pure white underbelly. These horses give off a positive attitude when it lifts its feet cleanly off the ground before continuing with the graceful, long stride.

Thoroughbred

 

History:

Clydesdale horses are known for the enormous stature, and feather above their hooves. They can be up to six feet weighing around 2,000 pounds. They have a large head, small ears, a deep chest, and heavy bone structure. The feather above their hooves is a thick mane and heavy coat that was first developed to help the horses survive in the Scottish climate. This well known feature was first developed in the first breeding between the Fleming and English breeds. Clydesdale horses can be any color from bay, to brown, to chestnut, and black, with a generally pure white underbelly. These horses give off a positive attitude when it lifts its feet cleanly off the ground before continuing with the graceful, long stride.

Facts:

Thoroughbreds are the well-known race horses and are the track-racing horses of choice. These horses also had an influence on the American Standardbred which is the most popular choice for harness racing. In America, thoroughbreds are born in the spring, but no matter when they are actually born, their birthday is January 1. In their first year of life, they develop size and power and they begin training as a yearling. The horses learn to accept a saddle, a bridle, and a rider on its back, ultimately to be able to break from a starting gate and run around a track. Most race track champions come from Kentucky because this state has more thoroughbred horse farms than anywhere else in the world.

 

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