I used to ride a Clydesdale when my own one was lame. He had no problem keeping up with the other horses as long as it was at a basic level. He regularly hacked out with Highlands and Warmbloods and was used by another girl as a lesson horse.
Originally, he was part of a driving pair but when one was sold on he was at a loose end and riding him seemed to be the best option, given that he was pretty sensible. He was at his best as a hack though, his attempts at jumping was limited to very small logs and he struggled with dressage, even though he took part in a competition at a local show. Their size and conformation makes it very difficult for them; remember they've been bred to plough, to fit into the furrows and work in harness.
The one thing that stayed with me was that his paces were very different to ride. His trot was huge and almost flung me up, while his canter was like a rocking horse, more up than forward. They were very tiring to ride. Plus, if i'd to dismount I'd never have got back on given his height and if he decide to spook or run i'd wouldn't have a hope of stopping him. Schooling was very important to keep him listening at all times.
I'd suggest that you have a go before you buy but even better would be looking for a Clydesdale cross. A friend had one. He'd all the looks and height, just with a lighter build. He often went hunting and cross country.
Last edited by Caledonian; 06-16-2019 at 04:28 PM.