Tall boys: 'Their hoof is almost the size of my head'
EUGENE, Ore. - Lead horses Mike and Kelso led the way Wednesday as the Budweiser Clydesdales strut their stuff in the parking lot of Walmart in west Eugene.
"The lead horses are the smallest," explained Doug Bousselot, the hitch supervisor. "They're usually a pretty spunky bunch. They'll go where you want, and they do the leading."
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"You have the ones that just - they're the lineman, just pretty inconspicuous then you have a Jordan type who's out there who's flashy," Bousselot said. "He knows when that harness comes out he wants everyone to look at him."
Beer distributor Western Beverage Company earned the visit by the Clydesdale. But ahead of that special show Saturday, the horses are touring the region to the delight of fans.
"I knew that they were big," said Christian Kluth. "I didn't think that they were that big. Their hoof is almost the size of my head."
"I like how they have big shoes and how they wear horseshoes," said Lola Jones.
"They're awesome," said Grace Wagner. "They are so pretty and big and shiny."
Standing at 6-foot-5, Clydesdales are giants among horses, even surprising horse owners.
"I have to get on a step ladder to put her halter on and stuff, she is so big," Gus Poissant said of her own horse. "These guys make her look tiny, they make her look like a goat."
The Clydesdales carried beer to the White House when Prohibition was repealed in 1933. The horses have been the face of Budweiser ever since.
"It bridges generations," said Kluth, "and it's just a generational gift that keeps on giving."
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