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Popular Clydesdales to make Southwest Florida appearances this week

Posted: 1:43 PM, Mar 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-07 21:21:12Z

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The World-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make several appearances in Southwest Florida this week.

The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous Red Beer Wagon at the following locations:

March 7th: (Full Hitch) Shell Factory 2787 N. Tamiami Trail. N. Ft Myers 33903 from (1pm-3pm)

March 8th: (Full Hitch) Century Link Stadium 14100 6 Mile Cypress Ft. Myers (11am-1pm)

March 9th: (Full Hitch) Shrimp Parade Ft Myers Beach (10am-12pm)

March 10th: (Full Hitch) Bell Tower Shops Daniels Parkway & US41 (1pm-3pm)

RELATED: Photo gallery of Clydesdales 2018 visit to North Fort Myers

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.