FORT BENNING, GA - The nationally recognized Budweiser Clydesdales will visit Fort Benning on December 16th from 4 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the old Post Exchange.
An eight-horse hitch of the Clydesdales will be on display with their wagon, drivers and coach dog.
The team of horses are geldings picked for their even temperament and their appearance. The captivating horses are reddish-brown in color with a black mane and tail. They have white stocking feet and have white blazes on their faces.
To qualify for a position on one of Budweiser's six traveling teams, a horse must be at least four years old and stand at least 18 hands, or six feet, tall at the shoulder. When fully mature, a Budweiser Clydesdale weighs between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds.
There are ten horses on each traveling team, eight for a hitch to pull the wagon and two alternates.
By tradition, the coach dog is a Dalmatian. The dogs once traveled with horses and wagons to protect the team when the driver was away from them.
Once used as warhorses in the 17th century, Clydesdales have been used as draft horses on farms and in urban areas to pull heavy loads.