The Budweiser Clydesdales have long been stars of Super Bowl commercials, most memorably the “Aww”-inspiring puppy-horse commercial a few years ago. Here’s your chance to meet some of those Super Bowl stars right in the heart of Downtown Bluffton. A main attraction for the past 6 years at the Old Town Dispensary, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be returning this March.
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On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, the horses will arrive on Calhoun Street at 2 p.m. where they will begin preparations for the proceedings. After the parade, the Clydesdales will be available until 7 p.m. for pictures.
Should you miss the parade, you can always visit Harley at Lawton Stables. A 6-foot-tall gentle giant, Harley is a former Budweiser hopeful who never got to pull his weight. Harley has been a barn favorite at Lawton Stables since 2008.
Clydesdale Breed Facts:
Scottish farmers were the first to breed this horse in the 19th century. These draft horses had the strength to pull more than 1 ton at a walking speed of 5 mph. Clydesdales were introduced to the United States in the mid-1800’s and are now primarily used for breeding and show.
Budweiser Clydesdale Requirements:
To qualify as a traveling hitch horse, the Clydesdale must be at least 4 years of age, stand 72 inches at the shoulder, weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds, have a bay coat, four white shocks on their legs, a white blaze on the face, and a black mane and tail.
Each Clydesdale will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of grain, 50 to 60 pounds of hay, and 30 gallons of water a day.
Each horse’s harness and collar weighs approximately 130 pounds.
A Clydesdale’s horseshoe measures more than 20 inches from end to end and weigh about 5 pounds.