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.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
It's finally over, I'm so happy 2012 is here!
As many of you know, in April, I got kicked in the face by one of my horses. That gave me fear and confidence issues which were hard to get over (and no, I'm not completely over them, but better). Then there's the physical aspect to it: dental work, and the new scar on my lip (which is currently going through a stiff phase).
After that, we had the drought. I don't think most hay farmers here got even one crop of hay in. Hay prices sky rocketed to $130/round bale and around $14/square bale. It was hard to find, and much of it was at the feed store, hauled in from up north. I had hit and misses with hay all year. Some was amazing, but then the supply would run out, and I'd have to go back to hay that I normally wouldn't even think of feeding the horses. Dusty, dirty, weedy, or just empty of nutrients.
Things were ok though - not great, just ok - until the end of the year. What I keep thinking of as "the kicker". First I lost Hex, my wonderful brood mare. She was one of my favourite horses ever (of course, I say that about almost all of them) but her death came out of no where. I was treating her for the monthly sand clear, when complications arose. She had a mild sand colic, was passing it, and seemed to be recovering, when between checks she managed to roll, twist, and die. A complete freak thing my vet says, but horrible!
Around Thanksgiving, my grandfather's girl friend passed away. While I barely knew her, she was a wonderful lady, and much of my family did know her well. Granddaddy was devastated. My mother was upset, and i can't even express my sorrow for her family.
Then, in December, my father had shoulder surgery. He got a nify new ball and socket joint, one that only 3 people in the world have, and is now recovering. Of course, my parents live with me, and any one who knows my father, knows that he is currently driving me up the wall. Dad on pain medication is not something that I am well adjusted to handle. I know he had an excuse, but I still wind up reacting to his "silliness" from the pain meds.
I had more bad things happen last year, then I previously deal with in 3, and I hope to never repeat it! I am still adjusting to the smaller size of my furry family (from 6 dogs to only 4) and I have a serious case of puppy fever. No, I won't be getting a pup for a while, but that doesn't mean that my eyes aren't drawn to every adorable puppy out there (or, as I've had to admit, that I wouldn't adopt a super sized dog in need). But, I have a senior dog, Suzie, who is very spoiled, and deserves my attention in these golden years. She would hate sharing her time with a new pup, and so I just keep staring at puppy pictures and day dreaming.
But, of course, it's not all bad.
I now have about 11 horses that are broke enough for me to consider letting others ride. I have the new babies coming next spring - and those are something to be excited about on their own! We're making progress on the property, while it's hard to see, I know it's there, and the future is bright.
So here's hoping that every one out there is excited about the new year, had a wonderful holiday season, and a safe and happy New Year's celebration last night. Me, I'm off to the barn to share some saddle time with my friends. There is no better way to start the new year then this.
Posted by Pinzgauer at 10:26 AM