by Budweiser Clydesdale Blog Staff | Jan 07, 2014
Exercise is an important factor for the everyday health and wellness of the Budweiser Clydesdales. Because these beloved horses will often pull heavy cargo and loads, it is crucial that they are in the greatest shape possible. In addition to building strength, exercise is an excellent way to ensure that the Clydesdales are happy, calm, and in the best of health. Several different avenues are used to keep our horses in peak condition so they can perform their very best. Although some forms of exercise are more ideal than others, our horses are sure to receive daily exercise no matter where they are situated.
One of the greatest challenges of traveling with a hitch is finding creative ways to provide the horses with the best exercise possible while moving from state to state. Exercising while on the road changes with every stop. Some stops have fields, pastures, or paddocks that the horses can be turned out in (put to pasture) so that they can stretch their legs with a little bit of running, jumping, rolling, or socializing with each other. Granted, they are not the most motivated when left to their own devices, so they tend to settle down within the first 5 to 10 minutes of being released into a pasture to partake in their favorite activity, grazing.
Grazing is one of the best alternatives to riding horses for their exercise. It allows them to roam freely while remaining safe within the confines of a fenced-in pasture or field. This often works best in large green pastures that are big enough for all of the horses to jump, run, and gallop in. Furthermore, there are various kinds of toys that can be incorporated during the time horses are grazing. Balls make great toys because they can be easily nudged, kicked, and pushed. This also offers the horses a great opportunity to interact and play with each other.
However, if no turnout is available, then the handlers will walk the Clydesdales for an hour each morning. The Clydesdales also get great exercise when they are hitched up to the wagon in shows. This is especially true when pulling various kinds of cargo, such as beer barrels and other kinds of loads. After some time outside or a good workout, the Clydesdales are ready to get back to their stalls for some much needed hay, water, and relaxation. Regardless of place or location, these magnificent horses are given the care and attention they need to remain healthy and happy all year round!