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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Nothing Says "Happy Holidays" Like a Horse (Or An Anvil) in the Snow

What, you're not in the holiday spirit? The Hoof Blog has a cure for that. Just sit down and watch my collection of favorite Christmas television commercials. All but the last one have horses somewhere in them.

If you don't have the ho-ho-ho's by the time you're finished watching these, try some egg nog and watch again.

1. First, a  montage of Irish Christmas commercials, past and present, including scenes from ads for Guinness, Land Rover, Kerrygold and some other companies I don't recognize (sorry):



2. More from Ireland: I love the Guinness ad, so let's look at that one in its entirety:


3. Everyone knows this one: the 1987 Budweiser Vermont Christmas ad, shot in my old hometown of South Woodstock:



4. I don't remember when the Budweiser Clydesdales took credit for turning on the Christmas lights, but I'm happy they did it in this commercial:


5. Ok, so Miller High Life beat Budweiser to Vermont; this one is from 1981 and still stands the test of time. What a classic:



6. Remember when every young girl wanted a pony for Christmas? This has to be the first ad to show a girl rejecting a Christmas pony; it was from Verizon in 2007:



7. And finally, this one is a little Goth but you won't mind. I bet you never thought I'd find a Christmas commercial that would "hit home" with farriers, but here it is! (...wait for it...)



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Happy holidays to all!
Thanks for your support and friendship 
and all you do to help horses!




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2 comments:

Rhonda Lane said...

Awesome, awesome! Thanks for sharing these. I wish Budweiser would go back to using commercials with the Clydes more.

And, FWIW, that Kerrygold butter in that first video? Wicked good. It' pricey, but it's awesome butter.

Ya know, I'd wondered why you left out that Lexus commercial with the white pony under the tree until I went a-Googling. It's gone from YouTube. Gone. C'est la vie.

Anyway, may all y'all's holidays be Merry! :)

Linda Andrae said...

Budweiser (Anhauser Busch) was sold to a foreign company and while they said nothing would change, you definitely don't see the Clydesdale commercials any more. Very sad!