LEE COUNTY, Fla-- The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are coming back to the area.
The 8-horse hitch will be harnessed and ready to pull the famous red beer wagon starting October 25. They will be making stops throughout the area until October 28.
October 25, 2018: Downtown Ft. Myers 5pm-7pm (one Horse)
October 26, 2018: Downtown Cape Coral, 47th Terrace 5pm-7pm (full hitch)
October 27, 2018: Fort Myers Beach, Bay Oaks Community Park (full hitch)
October 28, 2018: 31 Produce and Market 18672 Alva 12:30pm-3:30pm (full hitch)
Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands – or six feet – at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, be bay in color, have four white legs, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is very important as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.
A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.
Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian. In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.
The Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo.; Merrimack, N.H.; and Ft. Collins, Colo. They also may be viewed at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-plus acre Clydesdale breeding farm located near Boonville, Mo.