Seems like there's a bunch of new things going on lately. I have decided to offer training to outside horses, I have begun advertising seriously for boarding clients, and my very talented mother has been painting.
Now, my mother's favourite subject is, of course, horses. She's incredibly talented, and works in oils, watercolors, and acrylics, although oil paint is her favourite. I think, but could be wrong, that she does pencil, ink and pastels as well. Sadly, I have none of her talent. I'll be bragging about her stuff here. I am just warning you ahead of time... it's that good.
Me, now I've been having so much fun training all these horses lately, and with the fall weather cooling things off (and income cooling off as well) I've decided to offer training services to outside horses. I'm good at training horses. Yeah, a bit arrogant, but it's the one thing my talent lies in. I didn't get mom's ability to paint! I've trained oodles of horses, but the vast majority have been horses I own. My problem with training for clients has always been that not all horses fit into the same type of training schedule. I don't like pushing a young or fretful horse faster then it is ready to go, because its owner thinks that 30 days should have it riding like a 20 year old packer. It dawned on me recently, that I don't have to. I'm not forced to accept the horse. I'm not forced to push a horse faster then it's able to. I CAN train outside horses and still sleep at night. And well, I really love that feeling of the first ride on a horse.
So, because of all this, I've been updating my website. And, as always, I start updating, and realize that I need PICTURES! Eesh. I'm so bad about getting pictures. I have a phone that takes pretty decent pictures. I have a fancy dancy camera that takes super nice pictures. And yet... I really don't have a lot of pictures.
I read y'all blogs all the time (when I can sneak it in!) and I'm dieing to know how you remember to keep the camera on you, AND use it to take pictures. I'd love to hear your tips and tricks.
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.