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.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
We had snow, and I got sick!
Well, it didn't. Until yesterday we still had snow on the ground! Temperatures were barely above freezing at the warmest, and well below at night. Of course, this means that all of our water pipes in the barn FROZE. Yes, poor Jae and I were spending our time wandering out and deicing taps, and bucketing water a few times a day.
And, because of my multiple (and very wet) trips outside, I ended up catching a cold. My mother always warned me about that! So for the last 3 days, I have been doped up on cold meds (to any client I talked to during those days, I REALLY appologize for being so muddle headed!).
My other dogs though, decided that they wanted nothing more then to stay inside, where it was warm, and sleep the cold weather away. Suzie is starting to show her age, and this cold icky stuff makes her joints ache. She has a blanket to wear outside, but it doesn't seem to be enough. So, she figures that since Moose is guarding me, she doesn't HAVE to stay out at long, and has taken to running home about 5 minutes after we head out. Hey, as a 10 year old Rottweiler, she's allowed to be a bit fickle like that!
Well, except for the freezing water pipes! It seems that all of our plumbing to the barn is about 12 inches deep, at most. Not exactly a good plan in my mind. So poor Jae gets to work on that. Well, when his OTHER projects are finished!
Now, Jae is a Canadian, so all of this is "normal" to him For me, having an entire week of snow on the ground is just freaky! I had no idea that "mud" froze! I figured that the ground always was warmer below, and so maybe a bit on the top would freeze, but nothing deeper. HA!
Jae has been a complete sweet heart though. I really hate the cold, and he would sneak out and handle the watering or throwing hay. Here is how I found him the first day it snowed:
He said the "babies" (technically 2 year olds now) needed lunch to help stay warm! I really love this picture of him and Tori. I'm pretty sure he'd kill me if he knew I ever shared a picture of him online (he's the wonderful shy type like that) but somehow this picture just says "life on a horse farm" to me.
Hope everyone else is staying warm... wish I was!
Posted by Pinzgauer at 7:22 PM