Story: Horses

Clydesdale statue

Clydesdale statue

The Scottish Clydesdale draught horse is the gentle giant of the horse world. It was the most popular animal for hauling wagons, and pulling ploughs and other cultivation equipment. A mature male stands 17–19 hands (1.7–1.9 metres high at the shoulder), and weighs 800–1,000 kilograms. This monument, at Clinton in South Otago, is testament to the debt farmers had to Clydesdales, before they were replaced by trucks, tractors and trains.

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Emma Meyer, 'Horses - Introduction of the horse', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/19260/clydesdale-statue (accessed 22 November 2018)

Story by Emma Meyer, published 24 Nov 2008