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Ft. Collins Clydesdales at Super Bowl 50

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Posted at 8:34 AM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 16:26:08-05

The Budweiser Clydesdales team from Fort Collins is in the San Francisco Bay area for Super Bowl week.

One of the horses, Lester, was outside the NFL Experience on Wednesday for a picture opportunity. The entire team, eight horses strong, will be part of a procession on Thursday.

While the Clydesdales are famous because of their appearances in TV ads for Budweiser, how much do you really know about these special horses?

Check out seven Clydesdales fun facts:

1. There are three teams of Clydesdales that travel the country. The teams are at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo., Merrimack, N.H., and Ft. Collins. The teams travel 320-330 days a year.

2. To be a Budweiser Clydesdale, the gelding must be at least four years of age, stand 72 inches at the shoulder when fully mature, weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds, have a bay coat, four white legs, a white blaze and a black mane and tail.

3. The Clydesdales eat 30 to 40 pounds of hay each day and five pounds of grains, according to Todd, a handler with the Fort Collins' team. Todd said on a hot day, Lester can drink 30 gallons of water.

4. The Clydesdales only work a maximum of two hours a day. "We treat them like celebrities," explained Budweiser spokesman Dave McKenzie.

5. There are two dalmatians with each horse team. The dalmatians have traveled with the Clydesdale hitch since the 1950s.

6. When the Clydesdales are in Fort Collins for some R&R, the brewery schedules a brunch and picture days for visitors. Todd said the next "vacation" will likely be in May.

7. Budweiser will have two ads in the Super Bowl this year. One has already been premiered. The other, featuring the Clydesdales, will be released on Sunday. It's called, "Not backing down."

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