Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercial (watch below) featuring the baby Clydesdale horse was a big hit this year.
A 21-year-old Clydesdale named Bailey lives a cushy life with his family in Arlington.
Owner Jayne Stallons says she fell in love with the black and white horse in August of 2000. His registered name is “Sisters View Governor,” but is affectionately called Bailey.
“Many people would think that buying such a large horse would be intimidating for a first-time horse owner, but everyone who knows him would say he's about as safe as they come,” Jayne says.
Jayne says the Clydesdales she has met have been very personable and easygoing.
“Mine is all those things, but I do have to admit that sometimes he does seem to be a few sandwiches short of a picnic, if you know what I mean."
“I am glad, however, that I don't have to worry about thinking two steps ahead of 2,000 pounds of a smart horse.”
Jayne says Bailey loves people.
“There is nothing he likes better. Well, carrots are better, but not much,” she says.
She says in his previous life as a hitch horse, Bailey was the one that was pulled out for meet and greets, as he was so safe even with people crowding around him.
“When I boarded, the 4H kids loved him and there were times I would look out in the pasture to see two or three kids lounging around on top of him, swinging down off his neck, or sliding off his rear end,” she says. “Even the smallest kids were safe handling him, and more than one mom waiting in the car to pick up her kid was startled to look up and see her 65 pound daughter leading a giant horse in from the pasture to his stall.”
Jayne says while owning a draft horse is a lot of fun, and is definitely an attention getter when out on a trail ride, the expense of owning such a giant horse is definitely a downside.
She says tack is hard to find and expensive, farriers generally don't want to work on draft horses and if you do find one it can cost double the cost of the same service for a “normal” horse. And Bailey is too big to fit into most horse trailers.
On the up side, she says, being a “cold blooded” horse, he really doesn't have a super high metabolism, so he doesn't really eat much more than 'hot blooded' horses.
According to horsebreedlist.com, the term coldblood simply means muscular, heavy set horses that are bred to be calm, steady, and patient.
Jayne says Bailey eats about 25-35 pounds of hay a day and about 5 pounds of soaked beet pulp with his vitamins/supplements.
Jayne says Bailey lives a pampered life. He doesn’t like to be rained on much, so while she does make him stay outside during the day (unless it's really nasty), he has a warm, cozy stall in which to reside at night.
She says he’s gotten along well and safely with every horse he has met, and currently shares a pasture with two donkeys and shares a fence line with three miniature horses.
“When he was younger he was used frequently as a weaning buddy (when it's time for a young horse to leave their mother, and this time can be stressful) and he was very long suffering in tolerating their antics,” Jayne says.
Jayne says Clydesdales are amazing, gentle, kind horses.
“I will have a huge hole in my heart when my grand old gent goes on to his great reward,” she says.