I’ve been living in Jacksonville for a little over 10 years now and it’s great to still be able to discover new things about the city, year in and year out! I can definitely thank blogging for taking me out of my comfort zone and forcing me to get out and learn more about the city I live in. I have always known about the Budweiser Brewery, as it’s literally a couple of minutes up the street from my house, but I’d never ventured out to it. At least not until recently! I was invited out to the Budweiser Factory for a private meet and greet with the beautiful Budweiser Clydesdales who were visiting the Jacksonville location for the week! I’ve seen them on television, have always admired how beautiful they are, but have never seen them in person. I was definitely excited to learn that I’d be getting up close and personal with these beauties! I grabbed my friend Yuri, and we made our way out to Anheuser-Busch!
By the time we got there, we had just missed the last tour of the brewery so we’ll definitely be making our way back for that in the near future. We were, however, just in time to meet the Budweiser Clydesdales! The full hitch was there and they were definitely larger than life!
This handsome fella was Jack, the oldest of the hitch at 10 years old. I was baffled at how large they are in person. These pictures really don’t do these horses any justice because they are quite massive animals.
Larry they handler, gave us an ear full about the history of the Budweiser Clydesdales and a pretty descriptive run down of their day to day activities! Of course over the years, they’ve been breeded to be as large and strong as they are. Although Jack was huge, he was as sweet as can be.
There were a total of 10 Clydesdales on the hitch and each of them varied in sizes with the largest coming in at a whopping 2000 pounds! We were told that they eat two of these bushels of hay a day and drink up to 20 gallons of water a day.
All of the horses that travel are males and the horse shoes are the size of small dinner plates!
It was definitely a ton of fun learning about them and Larry was a delight and the perfect person to answer all of the questions we had for him!
If you see this, “Hi Larry! You were great!”.
In case anyone was wondering, I got this super cute jumper from Target last week! Guys…Target has some serious sales! I have been totally asleep on how awesome Target is! The chambray wedges came from there as well!
Have you ever seen Clydesdales up close and personal? If not you should check out the Budweiser website to find out when they’ll be in a city near you! It would be a treat for yourself and especially if you have children! I’m thankful for Budweiser for reaching out and giving me the opportunity to do the same.
As always thanks so much for stopping by!
We’re half way done with the week!