Thursday, June 13, 2013
Clydesdales..Yes, we have Feathers!
What else do you notice when you see a Clydesdale? He/she has "feathers", or long hair covering the top of the hooves (feet). They don't look anything like the feathers you think of that cover birds. A Clydesdale's feathers make him look like he's wearing flared pants, or bell bottoms! Maybe he wants to look extra special for the parade!
When my family lived on a horse farm, we actually had the Clydesdales come to stay with us when it was time for the annual Barnum Festival. It was exciting to see the big horses up close and personal. People would call and wonder what were the visiting hours for the Clydesdales. We usually had nine of them come to visit and each has his own personal "groom" or caretaker. Each groom would stand on a step stool so he could braid the horse's mane (the hair covering his neck) every day for the festival. The braids were evenly spaced along the horses' necks. The braids stood up proudly on the horses' necks. (See photo from the internet)
Now you know more about the famous Clydesdale horses. I hope you enjoyed learning about them.