When Brenda Simpson left her office at Lawton Stables in Sea Pines this week, she noticed drivers slowing or stopping to get a better look at the stables' new larger-than-life attraction: a 6-foot tall, 6-year-old Clydesdale named Harley.
"Everyone wants to see him," said Simpson, stables office manager. "He's such a big and beautiful horse, and he's pretty easily spotted."
Harley was brought to Lawton Stables last week after he was bought from a breeder in Michigan, stables manager Mark Mayer said. The horse will be used to give carriage rides through the 606-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve on Hilton Head Island. Simpson said the stables already have received several requests for the carriage rides, which will be provided for a fee.
Budweiser has made Clydesdales famous through its TV commercials.
Best known for their massive stature, the draft horses can grow to more than 6 feet tall and weigh more than a ton, according to the Clydesdale Horse Society.
"Harley is huge, but he's quiet and calm, and you couldn't ask for more in a horse," Mayer said. "It is funny to see the other horses stare at him when he's around. He's a big fella."
Since bringing the horse to Hilton Head, Lawton Stables employees have been taking Harley around to meet residents and get accustomed to his new climate, Mayer said.
Harley also will take part in Hilton Head's St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 15.
"He's a sight to behold because of his size and his beauty," Mayer said. "A lot of people are going to be excited to know Hilton Head has a Clydesdale."