They’re some of the most iconic horses in the country, each sporting a big white blaze, a deep bay coat, a soft black mane, and long white feathers. The dashing team of eight pulls a towering red beer wagon with a Dalmatian perched next to the driver. They are, of course, the Budweiser Clydesdales.

Each year, three Budweiser hitch teams travel the country making appearances at events ranging from parades to sporting events, and at each performance every horse looks a picture of health. How do these equine celebrities stay in top shape while traveling frequently? asked Dave Thomas, supervisor of the East Coast hitch based in Merrimack, N.H., when his team made a recent visit to Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.

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Although eight horses pull the Budweiser wagons at performances and appearances, 10 horses make each trip, said Thomas, who’s worked with the Budweiser Clydesdales for 10 years. Thomas said his hitch’s routine is to travel to a new destination each week, and because of this busy schedule the handlers are well-versed in minimizing horses’ travel stress.

Thomas said the main way his team keeps its hitch happy and healthy is by limiting travel to around 500 miles a day and by stopping every