How Much Does a Clydesdale Cost?

Typically the bigger something is, the more money it costs.  But, is this true of horses? As with everything in the horse world, the correct answer to this question is, of course, “it depends!” Clydesdale horses are no exception to this rule. How much does a Clydesdale cost?

In this article, I will be answering the question, how much does a Clydesdale cost?  The range of costs of draft horses, in specific, Clydesdale horses, is not too much different from the costs of average riding horses.

To best gauge the price of Clydesdale horses I will discuss their costs in comparison to average riding horses and average draft horses. I will also discuss the range of prices within the Clydesdale bread, and what can cause such variations in prices.

How Much Does a Clydesdale Cost: Range of Horse Price

The cost of purchasing horses, in general, has such a large range it is hard to discuss.  You can get a green broke four-year-old quarter horse for sometimes less than a grand, and you can purchase grand Prix jumpers and international hunter derby horses for amounts in the mid-six figures.  

This huge range of prices can be caused by many different factors. Some of these include breeding, training, show records and location.  Some horses are expensive simply because of their breeding. 

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But, sometimes horses that come from less expensive breeds that have extensive professional training and successful show records. Also, sometimes relocation is included with the cost of a horse and can be important to take into consideration in purchasing a horse.  The best example of this is importing a horse from Europe to the Americas.

How Much Does a Clydesdale Cost: Cost of an Average Horse

An average, sound, broke horse with few show miles will typically sell for a couple grand.  For example, I’ve helped sell and purchase a few horses, ranging 10 -14 years old, Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, and Paint Horses, all saddle broke and trained, but few or no show miles.  These horses have sold for $4,000-$7,000.

The more experience a horse has (i.e.- show miles and training) the more expensive it will be.  Some horses are inherently more expensive than others due to breeding, as discussed earlier. But, a safe estimate for an average horse cost is about $5,500.

Cost of an Average Draft Horse

So, do draft horses cost more than your typical saddle horses because of their size? Well, it depends.  Sometimes, yes, but sometimes, no. The general consensus of draft horse owners is that typically, the purchase of the horse will not be anymore, but what comes afterward will be.

An average draft horse will cost approximately the same as an average riding horse, so between $4,000 and $7,000.  But, on a forum on the Horse Forum, draft owners discuss external costs such as dewormer, supplements, fly spray, and tack sometimes costing more money when owning a draft horse.

How Much Does a Clydesdale Cost: Cost of an Average Horse

Obviously, there are some exceptions to this.  Draft horses that have been in the show ring successfully, whether for pulling contests, breed shows, or any other discipline they may have been involved in, their prices will likely exceed the averages.

Cost of an Average Clydesdale Horse

According to ClydesdaleUSA, Clydesdale horses cost between $2500 and $5,000, so, on the lower to mid-range of my estimated average horse cost.  Some of the biggest variants in Clydesdale costs include “…Bloodlines, quality, size, age, color and markings, and level of training…” all of which have been discussed as being variants of horse cost earlier.

Clydesdale mares are typically slightly cheaper than Clydesdale stallions or geldings, averaging at about $3500 for a broke, show-ready Clydesdale.  The price for YOUR Clydesdale will depend on exactly what type and level of horse you are looking for, but the average price of a Clydesdale would be about $3500 or $4,000.

The Real Cost of a Clydesdale Horse

As any horse owner knows, the expense of having a horse isn’t buying a horse, it is keeping the horse.  As such, there are a few important maintenance factors to consider when purchasing a Clydesdale. 

There are certain items and services that are more expensive for draft horses than they are for typical saddle horses.  These include your farrier bill, the horse’s tack and equipment (especially if you’re a first-time draft owner), feed quantities, and trailer size.

Farrier

Farrier services will typically cost more for a draft horse than they will for a standard-sized horse.  If you think about the size of a draft’s feet, and the additional work that goes into maintaining them, it seems only fair.  But, an increased farrier bill is something you must consider when looking to purchase a Clydesdale.

Tack/Harness Equipment

A different or larger saddle and bridle, or harness (for driving) is also an important consideration when looking to buy a draft horse.  Having properly fitting tack for any new horse is a priority, but, especially if you’re a first-time draft owner, you may have many pieces of tack that need to be replaced.

Feed

Draft horses typically need to eat more than a standard-sized horse.  Draft horses, like Clydesdales, are notoriously “easy keepers,” but it is important to be able to provide them with the quantities of food they need to be healthy.

Feed types for Clydesdales will likely be similar to feed types of standard-sized horses; forage (grass, hay, or both), grain, and potentially added supplements.

The Real Cost of a Clydesdale Horse

Trailer

Sometimes, Clydesdales will not fit in a standard-sized trailer.  Clydesdales and other drafts often have to trailer in-stock trailers or other types of horse transportation such as vans.  If you are planning on traveling with your Clydesdale, this is important to take into consideration.

Conclusion

I hope this article helped inform you about the costs of Clydesdale horses! Costs and expenses in the horse world are always subjective, but it’s important to be able to have an estimate before pursuing any kind of purchase or lease!

Please share this article if you found it helpful, and share with us your experiences purchasing and owning Clydesdales and other draft horses!


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