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Meet Carly: First Clydesdale Foal Born in 2019 Welcomed at Budweiser Training Facility


Horses are generally regarded as the ultimate pet. While they used to be indispensable for travel or farm work, many are kept as companions and don’t see quite as much rigorous activity as their ancestors.

There are definitely some breeds that are more recognizable than others, and Clydesdales are perhaps the most easily recognizable because of their prominence in Budweiser advertising.

Clydesdales aren’t just any horse — they’re massive. They eat a lot, require a lot of care and are striking, especially when they’re all gussied up and drawing a cart together.

While all draft breed horses may be beautiful, there’s a very specific aesthetic that Budweiser maintains in its equine representatives. You’ve probably noticed that all Budweiser horses look almost like clones — and that’s because they must all match.

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“In order to join the World Famous Budweiser hitch, a Clydesdale must meet certain requirements,” the Warm Springs Ranch, which raises Clydesdales in Missouri, states on their website. “They must stand at least 18 hands high (or 6 feet tall).”

“They must be geldings and at least 4 years old. They must have a bay coat, four white stockings, a blaze of white on the face, a black mane and a black tail. And they must weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds.”

It’s hard to imagine what 1,800 to 2,300 pounds looks like unless you’ve met one of the massive beasts in person. For reference, your average trail-riding horse weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 pounds.

With Clydesdales being the Great Danes of the horse world, as you can imagine, they eat and poop a lot. According to the Warm Springs Ranch website, they can eat up to 60 pounds of hay and 25 quarts of grain/mineral/vitamin mix a day.

Clydesdale babies, while big, are adorable. Their legs are too long, they’re proportioned adorably and they look so huggable.

The Warm Springs Ranch recently welcomed their first 2019 baby, “Carly,” and she’s been winning hearts from day one. You can even visit her in person at the over 300-acre ranch.

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“Each year, we welcome up to two dozen foals,” herd manager Mark Boese told WTHR, “and we’re looking forward to teaching our guests how these majestic animals are bred, raised and cared for.”

“World, meet Carly, our first foal born this year!” the ranch wrote on Facebook on March 13. “Here she is taking some of her first steps. Who wants to meet her on March 23rd when we open for the season?”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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