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, July 12, 2010

Princessa is now Kiva


Sugarbush Estrella Princessa had always been called “Princessa”.  Yes, original I know.

Well, she officially got her new person yesterday, Kris Kuhns of Celina, TX.  Kris has decided to rename her Kiva, which I have to say really does fit her!  It sounds girly, and she’s girly, but it’s not over the top type of girly, which she isn’t.

Kiva has those big eyes, and a dainty head, but she’s a big boned girl, being half Sugarbush.  She stands 15.3 hands, and is probably around 1200 pounds, so not a huge draft cross.  Her sire was the legendary Harley Quinne though, and while Princessa is solid, I have a funny feeling that she’s got some very important color genes to pass along.

Kris seems very happy with her, and how can you not be?  Ok, I’m a bit biased, since I really like this horse.

And as for me, the rain has stopped.  The sun is out.  Yesterday was just lovely, with a nice cool breeze, decent temperatures, and the humidity didn’t kick in for a while.  Today it’s warmer, but still nice considering this is Texas in the summer.

I have big plans to get out and mow some grass.  About 32 acres worth.  The recent rains did wonders to the pasture, but the weeds always grow first.  I chopped down some a few days ago, but they are back.  It’s a never ending cycle.  Since the arena is still muddy, that means no riding horses today.

I did get an update on O.  He’s at the trainer, and seems to be doing fine.  Not great, but not bad either.  Ok, he is a bit of a pill at times, especially when he’s stressed or confused.  The big guy knows he’s big, and uses it to his advantage.  Sounds like Wendy, his trainer, knows how to deal with his type though.  I have realistic training expectations for him, and understand that he doesn't have a lot of off property experience.  I mean, I don't expect a draft horse to be the next Grand Prix super star!  But I do think he's going to go places, and that he's going to catch many eyes while he gets there.

3 comments:

  1. Oooh! Great name. A Kiva is a structure used for religious ceremonies, by the Puebloan Indians here in New Mexico.
    She has such a feminine look to her, yet still has powere and grace. Perfect name....strong and soft all at the same time. :)


    ~Lisa

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  2. I believe that's where the name came from. So fitting for that sweet face!

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  3. Oooh! Great name. A Kiva is a structure used for religious ceremonies, by the Puebloan Indians here in New Mexico.
    She has such a feminine look to her, yet still has powere and grace. Perfect name....strong and soft all at the same time. :)


    ~Lisa

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