by Budweiser Clydesdale Blog Staff | Nov 26, 2013
Earlier this week we did a pub crawl in San Antonio during the Anheuser-Busch wholesaler marketing and sales convention. The hitch delivered cases of beer to bars along the San Antonio river walk on Monday and Tuesday evening. We also introduced Archie, the newest member to the West Coast hitch. He is a five-year-old that just graduated from the Budweiser Clydesdale training facility in Merrimack New Hampshire. He is the horse on the right in the hitch with a lot of white on his face.
In order to become part of a traveling hitch like Archie, the Clydesdales must first complete a training regimen that will help ensure each horse is in tip-top shape prior to participating in any kind of travel or show. This training typically involves the use of equipment, such as wagons and work harnesses, which assist in improving each horseâ€™s individual strength and aptitude in pulling various loads and vehicles, as well as the entire hitchâ€™s ability to perform in unison.
A harmonious performance is crucial to every hitch. Since a majority of Clydesdale teams often pull immense cargo that can weigh up to several tons, it is vital that each hitch work seamlessly together to prevent accident or injury. Therefore, handlers and drivers dedicate numerous hours to teaching the beloved Clydesdales how to navigate as a team. This training and dedication is what makes it possible for every trip to be pleasant for both horses and drivers. Through hard work and commitment, the Clydesdales are able to deliver the quality and refinement you expect from Budweiser.