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Top left: Hitch team trainers get the Budweiser Clydesdales named Finn geared up with his harness to go outside to practice team pulling a beer
wagon with other geldings. Bottom left: Trainers work with geldings in pairs to get used to pulling commands before graduating them up to a
larger team. By the end of their training year the horses will be part of an 8-hitch wagon team.

$10,000 harnesses and begin hitch practice every
color, markings and disposition for us to train
day for nearly a year. The process is tedious and
for the eight-horse hitch so they can pull a beer
well-documented by the staff. By the end of the
wagon, " Mark says.
year, each gelding has learned to pull in every
To be chosen as a member of the hitch team,
Boonville
position on an 8-hitch team.
the Clydesdale must be bay colored, stand 18
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hands (6 feet) at the shoulder and weigh between
assigned to one of the hitches based in Col1,800 and 2,300 pounds. Even more precise, he
orado, New Hampshire or they stay at home
must have a black mane and tail and broad white
with the Boonville team. In a normal year,
blaze and four white stockings. According to Mark,
the equine teams - known as the West Coast,
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East Coast and Midwest hitches - appear in up to 150
still be used as broodmares and traded with other breeders
events across the United States, traveling 10 months every
across the United States because the bloodline is still so
year. Since 1933, the Budweiser Clydesdales have covered
desirable.
nearly 2 million miles in their travels. In the process the
" We started choosing future hitch team members soon
big boys have worn out more than 56,000 custom-made
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horseshoes.
cially begins around age 3. By then, the horses have been
Driving a combined 12 tons of wagon and horsepower
around people and handled enough that the staff knows
requires expert skill and physical strength, so the drivers
their temperament - which is pretty much like that of a
are training for their positions while the hitches work on
giant friendly dog.
wagon pulling.
That's when the horses start wearing the custom-made

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