Monday, July 22, 2013

Warm Springs Ranch


Last week we visited Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, MO.
This is where they breed and raise all the magnificent Clydesdales for the beer commercials.



The red barn and more than 300 acres of pasture are beautiful. 
We couldn't resist the opportunity to see the sweet baby clydesdales.



This is baby Hope, the tiny foal from the 2013 Super Bowl ad.



This little fellow (Stan) had a lot of personality.
We think he's gonna be a rebel.



Rock On with his Mama.
This little guy was soooo sweet and showed a lot of interest in the people who stopped by.


One of the foals was an orphan.  
With his Mommy gone, he needed a special buddy.  A goat.
We watched the two of them wander around in their outdoor paddock together.

Several other Mama and baby pairs were out in the pastures.
The big Papa Clydesdales were showing off their size in separate paddocks.

Almost all of the babies are named using their Mom's first initial.
They stay at Warm Springs Ranch til they are two years old.
Next they move to Grant's Farm in St. Louis to learn more about being around people.
And when they are three, they move to a farm in New Hampshire to
practice being part of a team.
Finally they get to join a hitch. 



The horse statues in the garden are pretty much life-size.

Have you ever seen them at a parade or state fair?


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Joining Barn Charm 

62 comments:

  1. Hi Gayle! We've been by here and it is a gorgeous place! We also saw the Clydesdales at the state fair one time. Your pictures are pretty! Twyla

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    1. Thank you Twyla! It really is a beautiful property, isn't it?

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  2. Looks like a beautiful place to visit!! Sweet photos!! xo Heather

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  3. They are are sooo awesome!
    We have seen them several places-
    the best being the Brewery in St.
    Louis.
    We have friends who live in Booneville,
    we'll have to stop in next time we are
    there.

    :)

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    1. Melinda, it really is worth a stop! I think you and Mr Ken would really like it.

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  4. They are beautiful and your pictures are wonderful. Many years ago at Sea World in San Diego they had some of the Clydesdales there. They were stunning and so big.
    Have a great week.
    Mary

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    1. I"m glad you had an opportunity to see these magnificent animals. They are BIG!

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  5. I have seen them . . . Old Milwaukee Parade, 1967 . . . It was majestic to see them marching along pulling the old Ringlling Brothers Circus Wagons!

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    1. They really are majestic animals! How fun that you got to see them in a parade.

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  6. This is a beautiful farm and of course the Clydesdales are magnificent!! My daughter toured the farm a couple of years ago and brought back photos. I have yet to visit. I need to go!

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    1. Cheryl, you really do need to go. My friends and I all loved it!

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  7. Beautiful barn scene! I always enjoy seeing the Clydesdales. We saw them in New Hampshire and also years ago at Sea World in San Diego. They are magnificent animals! I especially enjoy seeing the little guys.

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  8. Lovely place to visit on a summer day. By the way I took your advice and followed your suggestions on word verification - like you I hate it but was being overwhelmed with spam - especially when I had no access to my blog for a while - lets see how this works!

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    1. Sharon, It was pretty hot the day we visited, so I was grateful that we got to be in the nice cool barn part of the day. I hope my suggestions to eliminate w.v. help. I know it works for me.

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  9. That barn and ranch is very picturesque, like out of a picture book. The Clydesdales are beautiful big horses. It must have been fun to see the foals. I saw some pulling an historical tram in Victoria some years ago now.

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    1. The property really is picture perfect and immaculate. We were very impressed. And the little foals were so sweet, I didn't want to leave.

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  10. There is a Clydesdale farm just a few miles from me. I intend to visit them real soon to photograph and post about it. Lovely post, Gayle!

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    1. I can't wait to see your pics, Meggie!

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  11. That first pic is really beautiful! Looks like you had a nice trip:@)

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    1. Lynn, we really did have a wonderful trip. It was just part of a very fun girls weekend. I'll share more in later posts.

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  12. Such majestic horses. What a fun adventure. I'd love to take the girls to a Clydesdale farm one day.

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    1. The adult Clydesdales are such large animals, it's hard to imagine that they were once sweet little babies themselves. Your girls would love an adventure like that.

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    1. It was a very large barn, with several wings. And all immaculately kept.

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  14. those horses are amazing aren't they?! we've been there before too, when we lived in mo!

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    1. I'm so glad you got to see it when you were here!

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  15. Wow! What a beautiful place to grow up!

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    1. It is a very nice place to be a horse.

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  16. How wonderful that you got to visit this place. I have only seen them at Sea World in Texas a long while back. Such beautiful creatures!

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  17. Fabulous photos - we have several farms here that raise the Clydesdales - they are a very friends bunch and I love taking photos of them.

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    1. All the horses we saw were very friendly.

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  18. Big red barn for these giant horses. Very nice shots.

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    1. They are huge and do need a big barn.

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  19. What a treat to see! Love Clydesdales! Many years ago I worked at a boarding barn where the Bud Clydesdales stayed one weekend while they were in a nearby parade. You cannot understand their size until you see them in person! So impressive!

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    1. That is so cool that you got to work at the boarding barn while they were staying there. Yes, these are amazing and huge horses!

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  20. I enjoyed so much all your pictures! That is great place to visit! And I love horses. They are brown beauties!!!

    You took fantastic pictures, colorful and so captivating!!!

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    1. Thank you, Kaya. It was a very fun place to visit.

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  21. This is a beautiful series of photos! I would love to see all those Clydesdales...

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I hope you get to visit if you are ever in the area.

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  22. Such beautiful horses! Oh, and the barn is nice, too!
    Thanks for visiting and commenting today.

    Dianna
    www.thesedaysofmine.com

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    1. It was so fun to wander through and see all the horses, young and old.

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  23. Very fine barn with some magnificent horses.
    betsy

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    1. It's all so well kept. These horses have a very good life here.

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  24. Hello Gayle, Baby Hope is adorable! I’ve never been to a state fair – but I would like to! Your pictures are very pretty, and I love the red around the outside (what a great idea!)

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    1. Hope was sooo cute! I'm glad you like the borders I put on my pictures. I've been doing it for so long, I think it's one of my blog trademarks now.

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  25. What a fun trip that must have been! A lot to learn in a beautiful setting. Thanks so much for sharing the history and wonderful pictures with us.

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    1. Dianna, it was a very fun way to spend the afternoon. I love learning new things, and I love baby animals, so it was the perfect adventure for me.

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  26. Now, this is going on my list of places to visit! Thank you for sharing.

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  27. That red barn is stunning! I am excited to go and check this out!

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    1. I hope you do, Jori. I think your kids would really like it, too.

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  28. A fine barn charm series with the beautiful barn and those great shots of the horses. Interesting procedure for getting them trained to be able to join a horse team.

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    1. Thank you Don. It was a fun place to take pictures.

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  29. What a beautiful place. Love the gardens.

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    1. Nell, it was a beautiful property and so clean. Whoever was in charge of the gardens did a beautiful job.

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  30. I just adore the Clydesdales. Years ago, budweiser had a small group at Seaworld in CA and I could have spent the entire day with them.

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    1. They really are magnificent and friendly animals. Glad you had a chance to see them!

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  31. This is so cool that you visited this ranch. Over on my blog I wrote about visiting a ranch that raises Percheron draft horses. Your pictures are wonderful. Love the babies. here is my blog if you want to check it out.
    http://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/a-day-at-the-bar-u-ranch/

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    1. I did visit your post about the ranch. Thanks for the link. :-)

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THANK YOU for your thoughtful comments. Replies to your questions will be posted here, so be sure to check back soon. Have a wonderful day! - Gayle, Garden Of Daisies