This video is a short peek at the work, love, and skill that goes into making a Clydesdale that fits the rigorous standards set by Budweiser for horses that pull the companies iconic beer wagons throughout the world.
John Soto manages the breeding and rearing of the potential Budweiser Clydesdales at a 300 acre ranch in Boonville, Missouri. Soto is the proud foster parent of over 500 of the majestic horses and is understandably proud of the 70 new additions to his growing horse family this year.
Not just any Clydesdale has the right stuff to be a Budweiser Clydesdale. The color of the coat, the color of the hair covering the hooves and legs, the color of the mane, and the color of the tail are all a product of a meticulous and careful breeding program designed to produce the characteristics that have made the Budweiser Clydesdales famous across the world. Many of the 70 colts born in a year are the product of just a few selected fathers.
The real reason to share this in depth look at the breeding of the Clydesdales is to pay tribute to a man that has devoted his life to breeding and creating a genuine American classic horse. These animals may be the only live horses that many children will ever actually see and touch. Obviously, a life well spent in a labor of love.