by Budweiser Clydesdale Blog Staff | Dec 09, 2013
TLC for the king!! In addition to the Clydesdales’ weekly baths, these cherished horses are also groomed on a daily basis. Each horse is curried with a special rubber or plastic brush to loosen and remove old hair and dirt that may be embedded into the hair coat, mane, or tail. Then they are vacuumed to further remove any grime and debris that the brush may have missed. Finally, they are brushed one last time to bring out their natural shine. A lustrous coat is often a sign of healthy skin and good hygiene, qualities that Clydesdale handlers strive to ensure every single day.
In addition to currying the hair coat of each horse, the skilled groomers also take great care to protect the mane and tail of every Clydesdale. Both are combed to remove tangles and help the hair lay neatly and flat. This daily routine helps protect the hair and makes it easier to braid on days the horses must prepare for a show. To maintain the hair looking healthy and clean, handlers will run a special comb through the mane and tail of each horse every day. Here, Fez is groomed before headed off to a meet and greet in San Antonio, Texas.
Just like humans, Clydesdales must maintain a standard of cleanliness and hygiene in order to preserve good health and overall well-being. However, the grooming ritual the horses undergo each day does more than keep them looking fresh and clean. This daily routine allows for the horses to spend quality time with their handler. Through trust and tender care, the horses and groomers are able to develop a lasting relationship that is strengthened through this unique bonding experience.