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.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The difference a little rain makes
I took a few pictures the morning of the Iron Ridge Appreciation Party. I can't remember what made me decide to take them, but that evening it rained. Looking at the changes, it's simply shocking to me how much difference a little bit of rain has made!
So here's my pasture (Yeah, I'm sitting on the tractor when I took this). You can see that there's absolutely nothing growing.
If you look at the back of the building there, you can even see some "real" growth! The horses of course are happy with having something to do with their free time, and I'm thrilled that the grass isn't completely dead. I figured I would have to start over from scratch to get anything growing again.
How about another before and after:
I was getting pretty distressed about the condition of the property. Normally, from March until about December, I have no need to hay or grain the "pasture" horses (i.e. everyone but the stallions). The pastures are so lush that I worry more about founder then anything else. But here's what my poor pastures looked like only a few weeks ago.
As a comparison, here are pictures taken in years past of those same areas:
It's been hard to look out at the land, and see the damage being done to it by lack of rain. So while my hint of green might not seem like a lot, for me it is really worth celebrating! Even better, we just had rain the other day (Monday night) and have more in the forecast for this weekend. I don't think a single one of my pony party friends will be sad to get rained out, especially if it means grass will return!
We missed the winter grass planting season though. I've been debating on whether to take a risk, and plant some winter rye, or wait until next spring. If it grows, it will be so worth it, but we're a month late already, and who knows if the rains will continue. Will the grasses get mature enough before the freezes hit this winter?
So how has the weather been in your area? I know our drought has gotten a bit of attention, but the North East has been soaked all year, and I'm sure we're not the only area crying for rain. Is any one else worried that this year's weather will ruin their whole property, or is it just me?
Either way, I still plan to celebrate the green I have. It's all about the little things.
Posted by Pinzgauer at 2:51 PM