Our Horses

Our Horses

Facts:

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 Fleming 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

Weight: 1,700-2,300 lbs.

Age: 3-15 years

Gender: Gelding

Temperament: Very gentle

Hooves: Size of dinner plates

Shoes: Each Clydesdales' horseshoes are computer cut so each shoe is exact. The shoes weigh about three pounds each and average nine inches wide and eight and a half inches long. They are shod with a leather pad for added support and protection. Each horse is re-shoed every six weeks. (A horse's foot is much like a human's fingernail so the shoeing doesn't hurt the horses.)

Feed: Each horse consumes about 12 pounds of feed, 12-15 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water in a day with occasional treats of apples and carrots.

Transportation: The horses travel in a custom-built 53-foot tractor-trailer with air-cushioned suspension, rubber flooring, windows and fans to ease the effects of traveling. The back half carries tack-harness and our 1880 replica hotel coach.

Coach: The hotel coach is a replica of one used by the Crawford House Hotel in Concord, New Hampshire in 1880. It can carry 24 passengers and two drivers and was rebuilt by the Hansens 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 Hansens Wheel and Wagon Shop.