Clydesdale horses are probably the most famous horse breed. They originate from the farm horses of Clydesdale in Scotland and are mostly known for their appearance in the popular Budweiser commercials. Their gentle nature along with their unique physical features make these creature one of the human’s favorite. They have distinctive white markings on their head and their legs and perfectly built muscles and bodies, which make them one-of-a-kind.
The horses that belong to this breed are pretty huge. But those used for the famous commercials are even more special. In order to be featured in the company’s advertisements, the Clydesdales need to meet certain criteria. You have probably noticed how all of them look completely the same, pretty much like clones.
“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.”
If you want to have a clearer picture of how massive these gracious and elegant horses are, here is a reference. While they weigh around 1,800 to 2,300 pounds, an average trail-riding horse weighs around 1,000 pounds. They manage to grow this big by eating around 60 pounds of hay and 25 quarts of minerals and vitamins a day. That’s a lot.
The Warm Springs Ranch, where the Clydesdales for Budweiser are bred, announced the birth of the first foal of 2019, the sweetest baby they named Carly. This little horse is the most beautiful thing you’ll see all day. If you want to meet her in person you can visit the huge ranch where you can even learn a lot more about this breed.
“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?”