Budweiser Clydesdales Saddle Up for Mardi Gras

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The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales are saddled up in City Park.  They’ll be the highlight of several parades.  News With A Twist reporter Deepak Saini, who’s obsessed with Clydesdales, takes you close enough to pet them!

The majestic Clydesdale; its towering physique, incredible strength, and gentle nature are breathtaking.

“The beauty and the majestic they carry themselves with when they walk, it’s just magnifying,” says handler Alex Robertson.

Clydesdales have captivated Americans for generations.

“It’s truly a treat that they’re here in our city and they grace the stage for the city of New Orleans for our parades, says New Orleans resident Jo’Ann Testa.

Budweiser brought in 10 horses from New Hampshire.  You can call it a boys trip because they’re all male, ranging from 5 to 15 years old.  Not just any Clydesdale can saddle up with Budweiser.

“It needs to have a nice bay color like this horse does here, a black mane and tail and 4 white legs and stand 6 feet at the shoulder and weigh 2,000 pounds when fully grown,” says Robertson.

A bale of hay weighs 110 pounds and when you have the appetite of a Clydesdale, it’s only going to last a day.

“One horse can eat about 5-10 pounds of grain a day, 50 pounds of hay, and they’re going to slosh that down with 30 gallons of water,” says Robertson.

These beauties require bathing.  They’re known for their white feathered legs, which are washed before every appearance, and they get a full bath once a week.

“When you say Budweiser and you think of a Clydesdale, that’s one thing people think of is the shiny white legs that they have,” says Robertson.

The horses and their handlers spend about 10 months out of the year on the road.

“Just like we trust them, they trust us because we’re going to so many different places out there.  That bond, that trust, has to be out there to exhibit in all these places that we do,” says Robertson.

Although impressive from a distance, they’re even more beautiful up close.