Budweiser Clydesdales welcome addition to family

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BOONVILLE (KCTV) — It’s foaling season so some adorable critters are making their debut at Warm Springs Ranch. This year’s first foal is little Mac.

John Soto, the ranch supervisor at the breeding farm for the Budweiser Clydesdales, said Mac is a typical baby.

“He gets up, plays around, nurses, takes a nap,” Soto said.

Mac now is getting plenty of love from his mother as well as the Warm Springs staff.

“You want to let them know we aren’t anything to be scared of,” Soto said. “They’re gentle giants anyway. Spending time with them makes them easier to handle.”

Each foal has their own personality. Mac is a curious soul who gives everything a sniff and a nibble.

In 2013, a three-week-old foal named Hope was filmed at Warm Springs in 2013. She tugged heart strings in one of that year’s most successful Super Bowl commercials.

Hope is now believed to be at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis.

While only KCTV5’s cameras have filmed Mac, he could wind up some day starring in his own Super Bowl commercial.

When grown, the horses reach 6 feet tall and can weigh more than 2,000 pounds.

Soto has seen dozens grow up, but each new foal warms his heart and he takes great satisfaction in knowing most of the famous Clydesdales are born at Warm Springs.

“The whole progression is a big satisfaction. Seeing them bounce around in the stall you can’t beat it,” Soto said.

A horse can start pulling the King of Beers beer wagon around three years old. For more on the Clydesdales, click here. For more information on Warm Springs, click here.

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