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 11, 2010
I think Rose has found the perfect home
She's for sale. I have always hoped that the right person would come along that fell in love with her, and would fall in love with the breed as well. Truth be told, the Sugarbush breed needs breeders!
I have always had this image in my head of the perfect family for Rose. Active people who love horses, want to spoil her rotten, and have interest in getting her out there (local play days, driving, or what ever) and have a few foals out of her to further the breed. Well, yesterday I got in touch with a woman who fits that dream! Today she came to meet Rose.
She is everything I had hoped for. Some one that likes the smaller drafts (that means 16 hands and around 1600 pounds) is excited about helping the breed work toward the future, and is not a flake! She is also fine with the fact that I had not yet gotten Rose under saddle. Rose will be visiting a trainer, and not only will she be a brood mare, but she will also be a loved and used family pet. I mean really, how much better does it get then that?
And Rose really liked her. Now Rose isn't the mushy gushy type of horse. She's a draft after all. But Rose kept leaning her head out to sniff this woman's face and hair, and kept hovering around her. It was very obvious that Rose was smitten. I like to see that. Granted, it doesn't always happen like that, but these 2 are just meant to be together. Now, I just have to make sure that someone that appears so perfect for her isn't really a closet horse weirdo (I mean a bad weirdo, not a good one like most horse people).
I'm always a bit sad to see the horses go, and at the same time, I'm always excited when the horse finds the right home for it. Granted, I won't sell the horses into a home I don't feel fits, and always offer a home for the horse for the rest of its life. I'm just so happy right now though, because if I could have hand crafted Rose's person, she would have been just like the woman I met today.
And of course, I'm ALWAYS happy when people want to become involved in the future of this breed. I don't like how close the breed is to extinction, and I really believe in these horses. To find someone else that is excited about the breed as well as the individual horse.... that just made my week.
AND, if Rose has a colt, which she's due for, they intend to keep him as a stallion, adding another intact male to the breed! All of the foals from this cross have been amazing, so I'm not worried about quality of the colt.
Ever have one of those days where you feel like the stars have aligned? I think I'm having one today.
Posted by Pinzgauer at 6:59 PM