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Beer, Horses, and American Culture

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The Clydesdales Donkey

With the holiday’s fast approaching, we’ll likely be seeing new installments of one of Budweiser’s beloved commercials; the Clydesdale horses. But what do we really know about these horses, and how have they become such American icons? We love horses here at DC Building, they’re a big part of what we’re all about and we wanted to know more about these infamous Clydesdales. Here’s what we learned.

First, what is a Clydesdale?

Clydesdale’s are draught horses, which essentially means they were work horses used for hauling and dragging – most often for agriculture. They come from Clydesdale, Scotland, where they get their name. They are BIG horses, bred for tough tasks like plowing and other farm labor. There are a lot of different breeds, but one thing they all have in common is STRENGTH.

The history of humans and horses.

It didn’t take long for humans to domesticate horses. Simply put, we needed their muscle to get things done and there weren’t many other massive animals willing to help us. (And not eat us.) There were primarily two types of horses:

  1. Calm, patient, and powerful horses that enjoyed the slow pace of pulling and hauling heavy loads.
  2. Light, energetic horses that loved to run. Which made them perfect for transportation.

The Clydesdale evolution.

In the 1920s this horse was a lot smaller than we see today.  People started breeding for taller horses in the 1940s to look more impressive in parades. Today most Clydesdale’s are tall, well-muscled, beautiful horses weighing upwards of one ton. They are still used for agriculture and heavy hauling – primarily in European countries, but many have also found celebrity status.

Enter, Budweiser.

The most famous members of the breed make up the hitches of the Budweiser Clydesdales. These horses were first owned by the Budweiser Brewery at the end of the prohibition. They made their public debut in 1933 and have since become an international symbol for their breed and the beer’s brand.

Budweiser has its own breeding program for their horses and is very strict about their colors and overall stature. For a Clydesdale to qualify for one of the Budweiser hitches it must meet many other specific requirements as well. Some of these include:

  • They must be a gelding (castrated horse, or other equine such as a donkey or mule.)
  • Have an even temperament
  • Strong work-horse appearance
  • Be at least four years old
  • Stand six feet tall when fully mature

Super Bowl Trivia

The Budweiser Clydesdales have been seen during Super Bowl commercials for years, but when a new parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev took over, they announced there would be no Clydesdale ads in the 2010 Super Bowl. I know – What?!?

Turns out the company did reverse their decision after taking a Facebook poll whether or not they should continue with the beloved Clydesdale advertisements. Thanks to Facebook, America’s voice was heard and the company aired a Clydesdale-focus ad during the fourth quarter. They’ll likely return for this year’s game – but any confirmation remains to be seen.

Sources:

Wikipedia: Clydesdale HorseBudweiser Clydesdale and Draft Horse.

DC Building: Experience from building horse barns.

 

The DC Building Commercial

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For today’s blog post we wanted to share a video we produced a while back to give everyone an idea of what the process for building a custom barn looks like. We also specialize in general contracting for building almost all things of quality wood construction. We take great pride in our work, enjoy the video!

Press Release: Custom Homes, Barns Showcased on New Website

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Released by Webwire on November 15, 2011

DC Building Showcases Dreamy Custom Wood Built Homes on New Website

Boring, Ore., November 10, 2011 – Most people have dreamed of owning their own wood built, cabin-style home hidden away from the white noise of the city – lazily relaxing the day away in front of the fireplace, sipping hot chocolate, or maybe hot buttered rum – getting lost in your thoughts while gazing out the window watching the horses run in and out of their own custom built equine home. I guess you could say DC Building is in the business of making dreams come true.

DC Building is a general contracting firm in Oregon that has become experts in their industry for building custom wood homes, barns, commercial buildings and beautifully designed equine facilities.

“Our mission is to provide excellence in workmanship and customer service. Our custom construction service comes with the assurance that we have dedicated ourselves to providing the very best customer service and overall excellence in everything that we do,” promises Owner Bret Loftis.  “We will build it faster, better, period – and we have a four page list of references to prove it,” he adds.

DC Building has set themselves apart from the competition with their keen eye for detail, sound approach to construction and insistence on standing behind their work – offering a three year guarantee on all labor and craftsmanship.

They recently launched a new website to showcase their gallery of must-see custom wood homes, garages, commercial buildings and equestrian facilities. These past and current projects are so gorgeous you’ll have to see it yourself to truly comprehend their true beauty.

Visit their newly designed website and gallery at www.dcbuilding.com.

Contact:

Bret Loftis
DC Building Inc.
Cell 503.956.1851
Fax 503.863.3838
www.dcbuilding.com

Saddle Up Partner!

Saddle care tips.

You found your dream home, had a custom horse barn built, acquired a horse you LOVE – Now….it’s time to ride!

Whether for sport or recreation, you don’t have to be a horse lover to know that horseback riding is an exhilarating experience anyone could enjoy. As you know, one of the most fundamental pieces of equipment for horse riding is the saddle.

Saddle maintenance doesn’t need to be another tiring chore in your long list of horse barn responsibilities. However, it is important to address a few things to ensure the safety of both you and your horse. Like cleaning the barn, a little routine maintenance will keep things in order.

I suggest cleaning your saddle on a monthly basis to prevent any damage that might come from long-term neglect. Relative to how much you’re actually using it of course. Saddles will last a long time if you keep them clean and oiled – equally, they will deteriorate in a hurry if you’re not taking proper care of it.

Straddle your saddle (say that 10 times fast) on a fence, or if the weather’s bad, something similar inside your horse barn. With a bucket of water and mild soap use a medium to soft brush and give it some scrubbing. Be sure you don’t scratch or tear anything.

If you can, it’s even better to take apart the saddle completely and scrub it thoroughly. This helps prevent mold or dirt from building up in those impossible to reach locations. Unattended to filth can create very unpleasant smells, and in worst case scenarios, make your horse sick. So don’t forget the nooks and crannies.

While the saddle is disassembled and you’re scrubbing the leather, soak the metal pieces for a few minutes – don’t soak the leather!

Once the saddle is clean, including the underside that touches the horse’s skin, apply a leather protectant to the leather and oil all the metal pieces. Spread the oil evenly so it doesn’t dry in drips and runs. Then dry off the saddle and metallic parts and reassemble.

When you’re done, be sure to pick up the cleaning area to keep your barn safe. I suggest dedicating a storage cupboard in your horse barn to keep all your saddle cleaning supplies.

Then saddle up and get a ride in – you know you want to!

Little History on Pole Barns

Custom Barn from DC Building

Pole barns are an integral part of the American countryside. The Colonial settlers were the first to bring the quaint and charming pole barn to the United States. The early Colonists built the pole barn as horse barns and to house their livestock. Pole construction (which is now called post frame construction) was their construction method of choice because they were able to put up pole buildings quickly, safely, and cut poles from the raw materials available to them in the New World. Because these early wood barns were cut from untreated trees, they were temporary structures and were repaired and replaced frequently.

Throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, settlers in the western United States continued to build pole barns, and the landscape began to evolve. While the classic pole barn structure was utilized throughout the farms in the west, the rich cattle barons employed the pole building structure but with began to build their barns bigger, better, and more lavish. They used the pole barn not only for cattle and horses, but also for housing for ranch workers. The rich cattle owners and land barons had made another advance – they build pole barns with lumber treated with creosote, making them withstand time, weather and other elements. Pole barns also tended to have a lower rate of barn fires. Many of these buildings still dot the landscape.

During World War II, simple pole barns made a huge resurgence in America. In order to keep natural resource consumption low during the war, the federal government imposed a $1500 per barn construction spending limit. The American farmer turned back to the inexpensive pole barn, which uses 60% less material than a traditional frame barn. This reduction in building material kept the farmers within the mandated budget.

Through the years, the simple pole barn has evolved. What started out as a humble structure which the American Colonists raised from hand cut lumber with a simple gable roof line, the pole barn is now used in many ways and far more attractive and useful. DC Building offers customers upgraded and longer lasting wood; superior construction methods; a large array of roof materials; and the ability to make your wood barn a great space.

At DC Building, we can customize your wood barn to a gable roof, a hip roof, or a gambrel roof. Your barn can be one room or many rooms. It can be used for people, horses, livestock, hay, or grain. Your barn can be used as a shed for extra storage. A pole barn can be turned into more than a barn or a shed: picture a riding arena, a guest home, a hunting lodge, a crafting cottage, a fishing cabin, or an art studio. One customer even requested information on turning his pole barn into an airplane hanger.

The pole barn is the most common wood barn you see as you travel across the American landscape. From the rustic, simple, and charming pole barn, to a large, luxurious horse riding arena, a pole barn can be used for anything you can imagine. The only limitation is your imagination!