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 22, 2011
Fear Friday: Progress
A simple picture of a horse eye, right? But look at the reflection. That's me, sitting on the mounting block, right at Boo's feet. Between Boo and the fence, close enough to reach out and touch him. And I wasn't bothered at all. That, my friends, is a big step for me.
Other big things I have done lately: Canter work, and quite a bit of it. Working with horse feet - we do trims on a few horses in between farrier visits. It's really more like filing, but there's some trimming involved too. With the stupidly dry conditions, my horses feet are cracking, chipping, and such, so rather then just let them go, we always try to clean them up. Jae also does trims on many of the "easy" horses. More easy footed then easy to handle, but I've been helping with that as well. Not a hint of fear with them. No visions of hooves in my teeth at all.
The one thing that seems to still just send my heart into my throat though, is watching other people. When Amy leans over a horse for the first time, I have to sit there and tell myself to breathe. When Chris takes Poko around the arena at the canter, I have to remind myself that our training on him is really working, and it will be fine (Poko likes to bolt for the gate). Things like that seem to be what get to me. Which is kinda odd, because it's not MY risk that is the basis of my fear this week.... or so it seems. But my fear of the risk to others.
What a weird phase of my progress, wouldn't you say?
But we will!
No matter how small, how silly, or how many times you've done it before, have you made some progress in your fears that you are proud of? How did you convince yourself to try it? Was your heart in your throat the whole time, or did it just happen, leaving you saying "Oh wow!" when it was done? I know there are a few of you who have been making leaps and bounds away from your fears, and I think it's time that every one gets a bit of bragging space!
Posted by Pinzgauer at 10:53 AM