Do you remember these “Christmas Clydesdales” from 1987 — already 30 years!

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The horses you usually see today are big, but only to a point. Horses kept as pets or for equestrian sports need not be particularly large. Even police horses only have to be so big. Racehorses are downright dainty. But in the days before trucks and tractors, large and prodigiously strong draft horses were needed. This was the only way to get heavy-duty farm work done and the only way to haul heavy loads. Clydesdales are one especially notable breed of draft horse. They weigh about a ton, nearly as much as two racehorses! You can recognize a Clydesdale instantly thanks to its giant hair-covered hooves.

The most famous Clydesdales of all are, of course, the Budweiser Clydesdales. Anheuser-Busch first assembled a team of these magnificent and powerful horses in 1933: it was the company’s way of thanking the nation for ending Prohibition. For more than a decade, beverage alcohol had been banned throughout the country. Now, Anheuser-Busch could get back to the business of making beer, including its flagship product, Budweiser. Since then, the Clydesdales have been on tour all over the country, giving people a rare opportunity to see the sort of draft horses that were a common sight back in the olden days.

This Budweiser Clydesdales ad from 1987 is more of a video Christmas card than a normal commercial. That’s because the product isn’t really mentioned — granted, these horses hardly need an introduction! It would certainly be funny if someone announced “Break time!” and each horse guzzled down a few gallons of cold, refreshing Budweiser beer. Instead, the Budweiser wagon is being used to deliver Christmas trees. The commercial creates a festive atmosphere by keeping everything low key.

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