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.
Friday, June 4, 2010
That is Suzie, my 9 year old Rottie. She is hunting frogs. She loves hunting frogs. It makes her life complete. If I let her, she sneaks off to hunt frogs, leaving me searching all over for her.
Suzie doesn't harm the frogs you see, she just swims around, chasing them, diving after them, and making herself into a wet stinky mess. She loves this! And unfortunately (for me) the lip of the pond makes it almost impossible to see her from the barn. I can't tell you how many times I have turned into a panicky mother thinking my dog has drowned. I should know better by now, especially since Suzie is one of those dogs that enjoys diving under water.
To her, this is a good day's work. If by some freak chance, she happens to actually CATCH a frog, she has no idea what to do with it, and will usually nose it, begging for it to hop again. The fun is in the chase after all.
While I was trying to catch the above picture, I ended up with a helper.....
That is about all I could see through my lens when I turned around. Attached to that lovely blue eye is a face with the expression of, "Wha? I'm just HELPIN'!" Yes, that's Streaker.
He's shedding, he itches all over, and he knows that humans are great for scratching. Sadly, he also made the mistake of thinking that I was great for scratching back. The baby got a spanking. Not that it phased him much at all, he took one step away, then was right back begging for love.
And yes, that IS paint on him. Evidently, he made sure to test all the new posts to see which was wet, and then rubbed himself all over them. It's asphalt paint, it's not coming out until he sheds that baby fur. Thank goodness he's already started.
Yeah, but he also left a whole lot of that white hair all over those freshly painted black posts. I wish I could figure out a way to paint the fence with out painting the horses too.
Posted by Pinzgauer at 10:10 PM