Budweiser Clydesdales Return to Bluffton

Posted by Paige Rose on Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 11:05am

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.

 

Photo Credit: Bluffton Today

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.

Interesting Facts:

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.

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