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Breeding goals

Breeding goals

Redcastle Golden Dawn as a sweet little filly foal at Redcastle Clydesdale Stud summer 2010It is important to have a thought behind your breeding and to know what you want and aim for. Especially since the Clydesdale breed is so rare in Sweden it is extra important to create a good base of high quality individuals to build on. Many seem to just look at the stallion and his qualities when it comes to breeding. But we believe that it's equally important - or even more so - to consider the mare. That is why we have selected mares of the highest quality that have had their own sucess in the show ring.

Little Big Ranch combines the finest Scottish heritage bloodlines with top class Northern American influences to produce a modern and versatile Clydesdale. We do it with care, small scale and aim for the highest quality!

The goal with our small scale breeding program is to breed top quality Clydesdales. We want to breed Clydesdales that are sound, strong and healthy with good confirmation, great movements plus well tempered and kind natured of course. Clydesdales true to the breed standards.

Breed description by the Clydesdale Horse Society

Male or female, a Clydesdale should look handsome, weighty and powerful, but with a gaiety of carriage and outlook, so that the impression is given of quality and weight, rather than grossness and bulk.
Heavenly Benedictine of Arclid aka Samson at home at Little Big Ranch"No feet no horse” is an old saying, but it applies with particular force in the Clydesdale show ring. The judge expects to see feet ‘open and round like a masons mallet'. The hoof heads must be wide and springy. The feather on the legs is a beauty point in the breed. British judges put more stress on the silkiness of the hair than judges across the Atlantic do. Pasterns must be long and set at an angle of 45 degrees from the hoof head to the fetlock joint. The fore legs must be planted well under the shoulders, plumb and hang straight from the shoulder to the fetlock joint. There must be no openness at the knees, nor any tendency to knock-knees. The hind legs must also be planted closely together, with the points of the hocks turned inwards rather than outwards. The thighs must come well down to the hocks and the shanks from the hock-joint to the fetlock joint must be plumb and straight.
A Clydesdale should have a nice open forehead, broad between the eyes, a flat profile, wide muzzle, large nostrils, a bright clear intelligent eye, big ears and a well arched long neck springing out of an oblique shoulder with high withers. The back should be short and strong, carrying on towards the rump and this must be associated with lots of spring and depth of rib, like hoops of a barrel. The horse's quarters should not only be long, but well muscled. The colours most common are bay and brown with white markings, but blacks, greys , roans and chestnuts are occasionally seen. The white markings are characteristic and it is the exception to see a bay or brown Clydesdale without a white face and considerable white on the feet and legs.

At rest, a judge can see if the horse is well balanced and correct. At the walk and trot towards and away from him, the judge can assess it. There must be “action”, when viewed from behind, the foot at every step is lifted clear of the ground. The action must be close and true. The final decision is based on soundness, size and action, not by some kind of points system, but by a general assessment of the whole animal as it is presented in the ring.


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