Color: Black with four white stocking feet, a blaze of white on the face and a black mane and tail. Feathering above the hooves, this long hair covering their ankles makes this breed easily recognizable and it is thought the feather was developed during the first breedings with the Flemish and English Breeds. This feather, a thick mane and heavy coat helped the breed survive in the Scottish climate.
Height: 17-19 hands (6 feet) at the shoulder (the tallest, stationary part of a horse)
Weight: 1,700-2,300 lbs.
Age: 3-15 years
Temperament: Very gentle
Hooves: Average of 9-10 inches, or the approximate size of dinner plates
Shoes: The shoes weigh about three pounds each and average nine inches wide and eight and half inches long. The farrier puts a leather pad between the shoe and the hoof for added support and protection. The triangular metal piece on their toe is called the toe clip, and helps stabilize the shoe on the hoof. The farrier resets their shoes every six to eight weeks. A horse’s foot is much like your fingernail so the shoeing does not hurt them.
Feed: Each horse consumes about 12-15 pounds of grain, 20-30 pounds of hay, and 20-25 gallons of water per day.
Transportation: Our horses travel in a custom-built 53-foot long tractor-trailer. It comes equipped with air-cushioned suspension, rubber flooring, and window fans. The horses ride side by side in their own stalls. The vehicle lets us travel with nine horses plus the wagon, harness and all our supplies.
Coach: The coach is a replica of an Abbott Downing Company Hotel Coach used in Concord, New Hampshire in 1880. It can carry 24 passengers and two drivers and was rebuilt by the Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop in South Dakota. It is for private use only.
Wagon: A beautiful handcrafted replica of a turn-of-the-century delivery wagon, the Express Clydesdales' show wagon undercarriage and body are based on a Studebaker design. It weighs over 3,000 pounds and was also built in South Dakota by the Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop.