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, July 15, 2011
Fear Friday - I showed you mine, you show me yours!
And then this week it hit me. I'm somewhat lucky in that I actually KNOW what freaks me out. So many other people just feel anxiety, and aren't sure why. Is it because horses are big? Is it because they fell off? Is it because they have heard horror stories? They don't know themselves, and so working to ease the fears is that much harder.
Look at my mother: she saw me get whooped up on by some horses, and ever since has been anxious with the filly who kicked me. That makes sense. But she also has been having some anxiety when working with her own young mare - who is a total saint. Ishka, the young mare, has never done much of anything wrong, other then take a nap at the wrong time, so Nita's fears have to be pretty broad. But when I asked her, she has no idea why she feels anxiety, just that she does. Oddly, she's pretty sure it's not that she's afraid of being kicked, just the power of horses in general.
And each of us feels fear in different ways, and about different things. For some of us, it's very specific. For others, it's just a general fear that SOMEthing could go wrong.
I figure since I have showed the world my fear, and my efforts to overcome it, that today's blog is all about everyone else. What is it that makes you afraid? Do you know? Can you guess? Is it specific or general? Have you tried to overcome it at all, or has it kept you away from horses completely?
How do you feel about your own fear? Are you ashamed? Aware and accepting? Do you feel excluded because of it? Have you told those around you that you ride with?
I honestly feel that fear is a natural thing. Whether we feel shame or embarrassment or not, we don't really have anything to be ashamed of. Even if we can't talk about it with others, at least here, in the virtual, we can try to figure it out, and make the best of it.