Wooden Clydesdales – Folk Art in Harness

The Magnificent Clydesdale

A Clydesdale weighs between 1600 and 2000 pounds. They can mature to over 18 hands tall. A hand is 4”, which is 72” = 6’. A horse is measured from the ground to its withers. The carved wooden horses are 6 ¼” L x 2 ½” D x 5 3/8” H.


These aristocratic giants originated in Lanarkshire, Scotland, near the River Clyde. They were used as draft horses on area farms. During the 1930’s, Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company introduced advertising in the form of a beer wagon pulled by and eight horse hitch of Clydesdales.


This pair of hand carved wooden Clydesdale horses found in Michigan, were originally part of a six horse hitch. They were probably made during the 1930’s, when six and eight horse exhibition teams were used to advertise products by Pabst Brewing Company, Armour & Company, and Budweiser Anheuser-Busch, and other brewers and packers.