The Budweiser Clydesdales are in the Heartland.
"We travel with 10 Clydesdales, we always travel with 10 that way, each one can kind of get a day off throughout the week," said handler Nicholas Dunham. "Of course we always hook eight horses because it is an eight-horse Budweiser Clydesdale hitch."
The giant draft horses happily stand in their stalls in Fremont munching on hay. Their stalls are in a line, each horse organized down the line, biggest to smallest. "Fire, Charlie, Prince, Curly, Dixon, Tim, Jack, Rock, Sparky and Elite," said Dunham, when asked to name them.
Even the smallest weighs close to a ton, but this will come as no surprise after hearing what they eat. Each horse consumes 20 to 25 quarts of feed, 40 to 50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water a day. They need this for their demanding schedules.
But these friendly giants aren't alone. In the background, a clumsy puppy is searching the make-shift barn. His name is Clyde. He is a 5-month-old Dalmatian puppy and a key part of the Budweiser drive team. It is tradition to have a dalmatian ride next to the driver. His job in the old days would have been to protect the wagon.
The horses spent Tuesday getting brushed and clipped, their handlers making them presentable for their future engagements in Fremont. The biggest event is the the Salute to Heroes Parade set to take place at 1 p.m. Saturday on Main street in Fremont.
"So we are really excited about that, obviously Budweiser and the military, we have a very strong relationship," said Dunham.
There is one rule the handlers ask of the public when they see the horses. "If you guys see us out in the public this week, definitely come on out and check us out, but please respect the horse. We tell people to stay anywhere from three to four feet back."
The Clydesdales will also make one more special trip. On Sunday, they will make a delivery at noon of one case of beer to the home of Roland "Bud" Jennings. The Clydesdales will be hitched at Parkview Plaza located at Clarmar and Military Avenue in Fremont.