There are few commercials that stick in people’s minds as vivid as the Budweiser Clydesdales. Even if you don’t drink, you are touched by the emotional content and, of course, the majestic horses.
But where did these stunning dark bay beauties with their trademark wide blaze and four white socks come from? Someone must take extra special care not only in the breeding of these foals, but also in their socialization, so that they can grow up and perform in everything from parades to commercials.
John Soto is that “someone.” He manages the 300-acre Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, Missouri, which is home to the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.
For the past 35 years, Soto has been aiding with the preservation of their gorgeous stock and ensuring that each foal is born healthy and happy. During that period, he has helped raise 400-500 Clydesdales. He also tends for the retired horses from the harness industry.
Then it’s up to him to make sure these beauties are properly raised so they can perform as expected when they join one of Budweiser’s three traveling teams. And, despite the fact that these baby horses are full of sass and attitude, Soto treats them all with love and care.