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“The Clydesdale horse is renowned worldwide for its beauty and strength.

The breed dates from the early 1800s when Scottish farmers selectively bred horses from Flemish stallions for their stamina and working ability.

They developed a breed of handsome and powerful horses we now recognise for their distinctive characteristics and gentle disposition.

Clydesdales legs and feet have exceptional wearing qualities. The legs of flat bone, with their distinctive fine silky feather, are the trademarks of the breed making them the “showiest” of the heavier horse breeds.

Clydesdales in Australia date back to early European settlement and by 1850 the breed was very much part of Australian pioneer life. The gentle giants were extensively utilised in the early development of our country, ploughing, sowing, cropping, hauling loads of timber and wool, and, of course, clearing the densely forested land.

Because of their strength Clydesdales were an integral part in the construction of dams and irrigation channels in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Before the introduction of steam engines, teams of up to 30 Clydesdales were often used to move very heavy loads of earth over long distances.

In the cities and towns of Australia Clydesdales became a familiar sight in the streets. The sound of their familiar “Clip Clop” indicated the arrival of a beer delivery, perhaps the “Milko”, Greengrocer or “Jack-of-all-trades”.

Clydesdales were pulling wagons laden with wooden barrels of freshly brewed Carlton ales from as early as 1864, to be replaced by motorised trucks just after the Second World War.

Today, the famous Carlton Clydesdales can still be seen delivering Carlton’s famous ales.

They remain a reminder of the pride, spirit and tradition of Carlton and United Breweries.”

above copied and pasted from –
http://www.carltonclydesdales.com.au/History.aspx

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