Wednesday, April 18, 2007
This piece originally aired on 2/1/07.
Most Americans recognize the Clydesdale horse as a mascot for a famous beer company. But the breed originated from hard-working farm horses in Scotland. It is estimated to be over 300 years old and was used for pulling heavy loads in rural and industrial settings. The popularity for the breed declined and so did its numbers. By the mid-1900s, it was listed as “vulnerable.” But the past few decades have seen a resurgence and it is estimated there are 5,000 Clydesdales in existence today. A small farm in the mountains east of San Diego has a passion for Clydesdales. Producer Elsa Sevilla brings us this story.