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, August 13, 2011

Nothing but Eye Candy

We decided to get some pictures of a few horses.  I'm planning a few more updates to the website (you know, in my "spare" time) and want to do both a brood mares page, as well as a lesson horse page.  I also need some current pictures of all the boys

So, in order of appearance here today:

The white horse is Keeley, a 1990 mare (yes that makes her 21).  She was my mother's first horse, and still works hard every week teaching new people how to ride.  Keeley has the most amazing personality ever, and seems to actually LIKE baby sitting.

Ok, and I snagged a few nice pictures of my mom in here too.

Now Keeley up there only does Walk/Trot work now.  She's a bit creaky in the joints.  But her daughter (below) is working to learn to be just like her momma.  You may remember Ishka from previous blogs about her work with Amy on cantering.  Ishka is a 2006 App Sport Horse.  And a few more with mom... these are her 2 horses!

And after this I took a break.  Suddenly, the skies got cloudy, and the light was PERFECT for getting some pictures of my sun bleached black colt (er stallion now I suppose).  So out we went to shoot come pictures of Scorch.  He's so very photogenic, it was hard to pic a few!

Told ya I had a hard time choosing!


  1. Wonderful pictures!! They hit many elements of emotions in the viewer.
    Beautiful horses - beautiful precious Mom!

  2. Absolutely beautiful! And the horses ain't half bad...kidding.
    Your mom is so pretty and you can see the love in the pictures.

    The horses are very beautiful.

  3. FernvalleyapaloosasAugust 13, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    great shots!

  4. Laughing Orca RanchAugust 14, 2011 at 2:45 AM

    Wow! That Scorch is all legs!
    Love the photos of your Mom with her ponies. :)


  5. I love all of Scorch's actions shots, especially the one where he is turning sharply to the right. Great shot!
    How neat that you and your mom can 'do' horses together and that her horse is your fabulous lesson horse! I love seeing her with her girls!

  6. Your Appaloosas have so much more hair than I've ever seen on one!! I thought they usually have pretty sparse manes and tails, but Keely and Ishka are gorgeous!

    On second thought, most of my appy experiences have been trail horses and one nasty lesson horse...

  7. Max, some of these are Appaloosas (Ishka) while others (Scorch) are Stonewall Sport horses. The Stonewall Sport horses do have more hair, but even my appies tend to have quite a bit, because of nutrition. Horses with the LP gene (appaloosa patterning of some kind) tend to require more iodine in their diet to prevent the breakage of the hair. Many appaloosas grow hair just fine, but it breaks off short, leaving that "rat tail" or "thin mane" look.