Veterinarian gives Budweiser Clydesdales a check-up in Red Bluff

Apr 18, 2014 11:26 AM

The Budweiser Clydesdales will perform in each rodeo performance at the Red Bluff Round-Up, but first they had to visit the doctor.

The famous Clydesdales received their semi-annual physicals yesterday.

They were looked over by their “doctor”, Dr. Steve Adair, DVM, who flew in specifically from the University of Tennessee to give them a check-up.

Twice a year, Dr. Adair checks on all three Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales teams, the teams are headquartered out of Merrimac, Va., St. Louis, Mo., and Ft. Collins. Colo., where the horses at the Round-Up came from.

The horses are on the road about 320 days a year, making appearances in parades and at rodeos, fairs, and festivals, so monitoring their health is very important.

Dr. Adair spends about a half-hour with each horse, completely checking them over. “I check their temperature, pulse, and respiration,” he said. “I listen to their lungs, I listen to their heart, and their intestines. I go all over their whole coat, body and legs, looking for any kinds of skin lesions, tumors, scratches, swellings, hoof cracks, anything like that. I look at their feet, their teeth, their mucous membrane color, and their eyes, to make sure they don't have cataracts starting.”

The Budweiser Clydesdales got their start after Prohibition was repealed. In 1933, August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch III presented the hitch as a gift of celebration to their father, August A. Busch, Sr. and the Budweiser Clydesdales delivered a case of beer to the White House.


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