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The Clydesdale horse team:

All Photos taken at Busch Bird Sanctuary in California 1976 location: 16000 Roscoe Blvd, Van Nuys, California. It was previously called Busch Gardens then called Busch Bird Sanctuary after 1976 it combined with Sea World.

The horse team travels to towns across United States in parades and  large crowds gather to see them up close. The most popular parade that they can be seen every year is on New Year's Day: The Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena California.They make more than 300 appearances each year - constantly on tour. The hitch takes three tractor trailers with a crew of 7 to travel town to town for appearances. It takes between 30 minutes to an hour to braid each horses mane & tail each day. The brass & leather harness for the 8-horse hitch took eight months to make and is valued at $40,000. A Columbus, Ohio firm makes the brass fittings.

This was one of the older horses with graying mane
The horses stopped by this past year (1997) at my small town. The names of the horses: Jerry & Mark, (the 2 lead horses) Barry Jim, Willy, Kendall, Clancy, & Baron. The 8 horses are geldings and stallions ranging from 3 to 5 years in age. There is a 6 hitch horse team based at the Santa Anita Race track in Los Angeles, California pulling the starting gate for races.

August A, Busch Jr. acquired the original Clydesdale team in 1933. The horse breed is a heavy draft horse that originated in Scotland and improved through cross breeding with Flemish stallions, decedents of large horses bred centuries ago to carry armor-clad knights into battle.

15 to 20 foals are born each year on the Clydesdale Farm located in suburban St. Louis County in the state of Missouri. Its near the former home of United States 18th President, Ulysses S, Grant. The horses used for the touring team are bred to be gentle, have a bay color, four white stockings, a blaze of white on the face and a black mane & tail.

Horse shoes are hand forged 20 to 25 inches overall in length. 1 shoe weighs over 4 pounds, measuring to 9 inches front to back. Each of the traveling team eats a strict diet of 50 pounds of hay, mixed with fresh grass & 30 quarts of oats per day.

If you missed seeing the horses in the parades the Budweiser Clydesdales also can be viewed at Grant's Farm, the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family, in St. Louis and at the following Anheuser-Busch theme parks:

Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia

Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida

Sea World theme park in Orlando, Florida

Sea World theme park in San Diego, California

Sea World theme park in San Antonio, Texas

Sea World of Ohio theme park in Aurora, Ohio

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