Sunday, June 10, 2018

Baby Clydesdales at A-B's Warm Springs Ranch

Today we headed out to Warm Springs Ranch where they breed the Budweiser Clydesdales. This visit was a long time coming as it was on our "101 Things Every St. Louisan Must Do" list. Obviously working at Anheuser-Busch added a bit more interest on my part. I wanted to make some friends with the baby horses now so that if we ever see each other at a parade later on we could give each other a wink. And that's called networking folks!

Warm Springs is in Boonville out west of Columbia, Missouri which is a pretty good jog from St. Louis.

I think they said this place is only 10 years old which I was surprised by. The Clydesdales have been around since the repeal of prohibition in 1933.

"Clydesdale horseshoes measure more than 20 inches from end to end and weigh about five pounds - more than twice as long and five times as heavy as the shoe worn by a riding horse."

Everyone wanted to say hello to the four day old foal clowning around with its mom in the stables.

We got to check out the inside of the truck they transport the horses in for events.

There were free Budweisers for everyone at the end. Hurray!

Right as we were leaving they led the mom horse away and the foal spastically galloped alongside of her. It was clear it was new at this whole walking thing.

Lydia got wild with my employee discount in the souvenir shop.

"This "W" is 15 feet tall, weighs more than 2000 pounds, and sat on top of the Bevo bottling plant for more than 30 years. The entire "Budweiser" sign on top of the Bevo building was replaced in January 2013. This "W" was chosen for installation at Warm Springs Ranch, the breeding facility of the World Famous Clydesdales. This little piece of St. Louis serves as an important landmark for those visiting this facility."

We took a couple of pictures by the big sign letters on the way out. It was really hot out but it ended up being real fun too.

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