Taken from Wikipedia. Yes, I realize not the best source, but couldn't find the info I wanted on the Clyde registry site.
"Clydesdales are usually bay
in colour, but roan
also occur. Most have white markings
, including white on the face, feet, legs and occasional body spotting (generally on the lower belly). They also have extensive feathering
on their lower legs.
Roaning, body spotting and extensive white markings are thought to be the result of sabino genetics
. Some Clydesdale breeders want white face and leg markings without the spotting on the body. To attempt getting the ideal set of markings, they often breed horses with only one white leg to horses with four white legs and sabino roaning on their bodies. On average, the result is a foal with the desired amount of white markings.
Clydesdales do not have the SB1 (Sabino 1) gene responsible for causing sabino expressions in many other breeds, and researchers theorise that there are several other genes responsible for these patterns.
Many buyers pay a premium for bay and black horses, especially those with four white legs and white facial markings. Specific colours are often preferred over other physical traits, and some buyers will even choose horses with soundness problems
if they have the desired colour and markings. Roan horses are not preferred by buyers, despite one draught breed writer theorizing that they are needed in order to keep the desired coat colours and texture.
Breed associations, however, state that there are no bad colours, and that horses with roaning and body spots are increasingly accepted.
" Clydesdale horse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia As someone said above, not all horses will look like the Bud horses, and this is also mentioned in the wiki article... "
The Budweiser breeding program, with its strict standards of colour and conformation, have influenced the look of the breed in the United States to the point that many people believe that Clydesdales are always bay
with white markings