Max: The early settlers would certainly have a very difficult time in clearing the bush without the Clydesdales. Sadly they are a disappearing breed here (and I suppose elsewhere in the world) what with mechanisation etc. But some folk do keep them as "endangered" species and they still turn up at agricultural shows around the country, or pulling beer wagons. But what would man have done without the horse, when you think about it! All the more reason to treasure them. Regards, Kathy. Oh yes - I gather that the Nelly clan are STILL trying to decide which way to go!!
Max- the baby in the picture was my daughter before she turned 2. He had "known" her since conception, the first time he physically "met" her, he sniffed her all over, then sniffed me. In fact, he used to sniff my abdomen while I was pregnant. What you CAN'T see in the photo, is that he had just lipped her hair (it's standing straight up), she squealed and people around were screaming "he's going to trample the baby". Little did they now- he stood more square than any fancy dressage horse I've ever seen, never even flicked his tail. He was her 11th birthday present (hey, every little girl needs a pony, right?) Oh, and he's a Belgian, not a Clyde