This spring 17 baby Clydes have been born at Warm Springs Ranch in mid-Missouri, home to the Budweiser Clydesdales. Jeff Knapper, general manager for
Clydesdale operations for Anheuser-Busch is expecting that number to double before foaling season is over. If you're in Missouri, it's great time of year to tour the 300-acre farm and meet Hope, the star of Budweiser’s award-winning and top-ranked
Super Bowl commercial, and Stan, the first-born foal of 2013, named
after all-time MLB great Stan Musial.
I can’t understate the restorative power of time spent at the farm with my horses. This week, after juggling six deadlines, two kids and probably the worst cold I’ve ever had, I decided to shut down my computer midday and head to the barn. Maybe it was spring fever, but I hiked around the farm a bit (on my own two feet) and experimented with my newly-discovered ability to take panoramic pictures with my iPhone. Check it out.
Here's an article from the Humane Society of the U.S. on the implications of the USDA's decision to process an application for inspecting horse slaughter at a New Mexico facility, which would mean resuming the practice for the first time in six years in this country. And here is an interesting post which suggests that horse meat is probably already being served in the US. One more reason to not eat meat!