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, June 7, 2010

Station makes a turn for the good

Ok, the med that I couldn't recall the name.  Buscopan.  It's used with Banamine, and often for gas pain.

Station just got her dose of that, it seems to have helped.  Gut sounds are MUCH better, not quite normal, but nothing to worry about now.  Her temperature is actually below normal, 99.7.  We opened her stall up, so she has a cross breeze.  Not much of one, but better then nothing.  Gum color is normal, capillary refill is so close to normal I couldn't tell the difference.

She's actually not drying out completely before her next hose session, and she's comfortable, although still laying down.  Granted, this whole "getting cool with out even having to stand" thing is pretty good in her mind.

She's quirky again.  Did NOT want me messing with her mouth, felt like she should be pampered, and other normal Station behavior.  When we first brought her up, she just laid there, eyes open, like she was dieing.  I'm sure for a horse that has never felt 100 degree weather, she probably thought she was.

Now, to figure out a management plan.  It's not going to get cooler any time soon, so I have to figure out the best way to keep her from having a repeat.

Not out of the woods yet, but definitely on the up swing.

3 comments:

  1. Glad she's okay. Poor baby.

    Salt block? Gatorade? Either of those help? Sorry, that's the extent of my suggestions.

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  2. Both have been around for her, and she's used both. She just got way too hot, so felt too bad to drink.

    That's the downside of moving an older horse to such a drastically different climate.

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  3. Both have been around for her, and she's used both. She just got way too hot, so felt too bad to drink.

    That's the downside of moving an older horse to such a drastically different climate.

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