A Note about Sugarbush Draft Horses

I see it over and over again, and no matter how many times it's said, it's still wrong. "Sugarbush Drafts are just an Appaloosa Draft Cross". Uh.... no. The Sugarbush Draft Horse was a breed created many years ago in Ohio. While the initial cross was made using Percherons to Appaloosas, in the many generations following, the breed has been solidified into a consistent type. Saying these horses are "just" a draft cross makes as much sense as saying that AQHA horses are "just" a Thoroughbred cross, American Cream Drafts are "just" a dilute Belgian, or that Morgans are "just" a grade.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

Ah, summer is here, and Memorial day heralds it in.

Today, the BBQs are fired up, the lakes are packed, the boats are running, the fishing gear is out, and for us horsey types, the ponies are getting saddled and ready to play.  It's a long weekend!  What a wonderful holiday!

It seems so fitting to me that memorial day is filled with leisure and fun.  What a better way to celebrate our freedom.

But let us not forget that many men and women over the centuries dedicated their lives for this cause. This day celebrates the gift they were willing to give us, so that we could enjoy the simple things.  And not only our American troops, but all of our allies who have stepped up to be a friend in tough times.  From the German soldiers recently lost in Afghanistan, to the French in the Revolutionary war, and all our American sons and daughters, so many brave people have served, and have been willing to give their lives to keep freedom free.

For me, I would like to thank all men and women everywhere who make such a selfless act.  I don't care what language you speak, what flag you fly, or what your personal opinions are.  For those who have served the cause of freedom around the world, this day is for you.

As I sit here looking at the lovely weather - the sun is shining, a light breeze is blowing - I can't think of a more fitting way to remember so many, then to appreciate what it is that I received.  For those lost in battle, I hug a horse in your name, because for me, it was your dedication that made this all possible.

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