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Center: Training Clydesdales pass one of three 50-foot custom tractor-trailers used to haul the famous horses to events.  Air cushioned suspension and thick rubber matting let the horses travel in comfort. Top right: Kirby Martin and Grant Johnson spend time with the team Dalmations,
Merri and Lily. The dogs ride with the same hitch during events. Bottom right: The collars and harnesses are custom-made and run $10,000 a set.

	 " There are 40 pounds of line held by a driver, " Mark
says. " That plus the tension of a team of horses pulling
creates a weight of around 75 pounds. The process to
become a Budweiser Clydesdales hitch driver is as lengthy
or longer than teaching the horses to pull. "
	 Mark says people always like how the foals are named.
" If the mother's name starts with an 'R' then the baby's
name starts with an 'R.' It's very scientific, " he says, smiling. " But we do keep the names simple, like Stan, Duke,
Bud, so it's easier for drivers to give the horses commands. "
	 Mark says the best thing about his job is that the
day-to-day stuff changes. " We have so many horses at so
many different ages and stages in their training. It's great
to follow them through their entire cycle and see them
develop.
	 " Every one of the horses has a different personality, "
the herd supervisor notes. " I really don't have a favorite
because that would be like showing favorites among your
kids. You love them all. "

	

	 Warm Springs Ranch is located at 25270 Highway 98
in Boonville. More than 50,000 guests visit the equine
attraction in a normal year. Check warmspringsranch.
com or follow them on Facebook for tour details or call 888972-5933 for more information on when tours will begin
again.
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