We told you last week that the beautiful Clydesdale Horses are heading to Lewiston for a tour of the beautiful village.
We are so happy to let you know that the gorgeous, majestic animals will also be in Orchard Park! The stunning Budweiser mascots will parade through the Village of Orchard Park on Saturday, September 8th from 5 to 7 p.m.
The team of gentle giants will start in the Orchard Fresh parking lot where handlers will prepare and dress the horses. They Clydesdales will then proceed to the parade route, stopping for ceremonial greetings with representatives from some favorite bars, restaurants and retailers as they make their way to Consumer’s Beverage on Quaker Street.
(The event is weather permitting – so keep your fingers crossed!!)
Some interesting facts about Clydesdale Horses!
#1. Clydesdale horses are one of the largest overall breeds in the world.
The average height of a Clydesdale will generally exceed 18 hands in height. Many are also more than 6 feet in length. This means each horse will typically weigh over 1 ton.
#2. One of the largest horses in history is a Clydesdale.
There is a Clydesdale named Poe who lives in Ontario, Canada who stands at 20.2 hands in height. He weighs in at an impressive 3,000 pounds. That’s just 0.3 hands off of what is currently considered to be the world record for the tallest living horse.
#3. Clydesdales have the strongest genetics for feathering.
“Feathering” is the hair that exists around the hooves and ankles of the horse. In the history of this breed, it has always had this hair. It is believed that this trait was developed or evolved naturally in order for the horse to deal with the colder winter temperatures of Scotland. The strength of the feathering genetics is used by other breeds, including Shires, to improve the feathering in their own breed standards.
#4. It is relatively easy to own a Clydesdale today.
Thanks to online resources, just about anyone who wants to own a Clydesdale can do so. Listings are consistently available, with most horses in this breed priced at $10,000 or less. Sometimes you can find them selling for as little as $1,000. That initial cost might seem tempting, but it is also important to remember that the average Clydesdale is going to consume up to double the amount of feed every day compared to other breeds. It is not unusual for an adult Clydesdale to eat 60 pounds of hay and 25 quarts of whole grains per day.
#5. The Clydesdale used to be a popular war horse.
When warfare involved using Calvary and horses as an advantage, this breed of horse was one of the most popular because of its weight and size. It also has a uniquely calm disposition, which meant that it could go into various situations without getting spooked. This is believed to be why it is still such a friendly and docile horse today, despite its massive size.