Blue, Starr, Maize and Knox are all full Clydesdale yearlings born in Canada. Maize, Blue, and Star are fillies and Knox is a colt. In Canada, many of what were PMU farms have started selling their foals to meat farms in Japan. Maize and her brother as well as Blue and Star were the surpluses of such a contract. These surplus foals are sold for the value of their weight in meat and this is how we came to have them. Thanks to the long relationship our friend Barbara Graham has with the farmers breeding the mares (many once PMU mares) we are able to offer some help in bringing awareness to the plight of the Clydesdale horses. While we are no way experts on the breed nor are we breeders of them we are very aware of the limited numbers of Clydesdales in the world.
There are approx. 4000 in the world now. They are on the endangered species list. There are many knowledgeable breeders of Clydes in Canada and in America and they too do what they can to ensure the future of this amazing and helpful breed. We recommend getting to know and supporting them whenever possible. They are working hard to make sure we have Clydesdales into the future. You can be a part of our youngsters’ story by Joining the Herd and share in helping them learn and grow and develop in the life that is most natural for them – with other working horses. The younger ones are all looked after by many different retired working horses who are teaching them day by day about the world, what to worry about and what is no worry at all.
Blue Star has eight working horses who came to us when very young and their families couldn’t keep them anymore. It was the families’ hope that the horses could be raised and trained by us and go on to become our working horse ambassadors, who in their own way, could bring attention and support to our important mission for the horses that need us most. We thought that was a great idea, and as a result, we now have four registered Percherons and four registered Shires, mature and trained and able to help us in the community in any way they are needed.
These horses are smart, stunning, and well behaved and they love a crowd and the people in them! They are BSE’s greatest asset and most important teachers and helpers in our community outreach with jobs we do in parades, wagon rides, horse shows, weddings, land clearing, logging and plowing. The money they earn goes back to help the herd on the farm, working horses taking care of working horses. It is only natural.
Our herd of retired horses includes many from the New York and Philadelphia carriage industries. It also includes a variety of retired race horses, logging horses, and those that lived in neglectful situations who needed a safe home. This herd is extremely diverse in breed and personality. We find horses with physical impairments to be some of the most amazing teachers and partners that we meet. Their handicaps are simply opportunities to develop other, and sometimes more impressive abilities.
Helping horses with disabilities also gives us important experience in helping horse owners deal with similar challenges with their own horses, and in doing so, we inspire and encourage others to not give up on their horses when they are struggling with setbacks of any kind, but to reach out for help and support.