The horses of the Rose Parade

Fez

Here are some images from Sunday’s Equestfest, the shindig at the L.A. Equestrian Center where all the equine participants get to strut their stuff. A fun time, but frankly the best part is being able to stroll the barns and meet the horses after the show.

The Budweiser Clydesdales are always a crowd favorite and who can blame anyone? They’re the kings of the horse world. That’s Fez above, soon to be a star of the Budweiser Super Bowl commercial next month, or so we were told. Here are some fun facts:

  • To qualify as a hitch horse (beer wagon puller), a Clydesdale must be a gelding at least 4 years old, stand 72 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds.
  • Each horse consumes 50-60 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water a day.
  • Each harness and collar weighs about 130 pounds.

Here’s Archie….you can tell him apart from the others by his unique blaze…is he a looker or what?:

Archie

We also fell in love with the Norwegian Fjord Horses, which are making a first-time appearance at the parade. We were, um, a little obsessed with their manes. They’re trimmed to keep them from tangling with tack, etc. They’re super cute and have tons of personality. And their people were extremely patient with allllll the questions that visitors were asking.

Fjord hedshot

Fjord horse w:man

Fjord mane1

Fjord mane3

Fjord symbol

Fjord eye

And my personal favorites are always the equestrian drill team All-American Cowgirl Chicks who….totally….rock:

Cowgirl horse

Cowgirl

Happy New Year, y’all…!

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