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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Spring isn't a day on the calendar

Winter in Texas looks like this.  A little green, a lot of yellow, and normally a hay bale in every field.

This year, there's no hay, and what hay that exists is so gross, most of us don't want to feed it to the horses.  (Thank goodness for complete feeds, alfalfa cubes, beet pulp and such!).   But, winter here is short.  Lasting from mid December through mid February, it's not really that much to worry about.

On either side of winter are the lush growing seasons.  Summer is hot and dry, and so our grasses try to go dormant.  A bit of rain usually prevents that, but lets be honest, it's Texas.  I can promise you that July and August will be dry.  September is hot, dry, with a few scattered storms.  The weather here is very easy to predict by the seasons.

So, once it starts raining in September, it just gets wetter and wetter as the season goes on, and the grasses get greener and greener.  Our "spring" grasses, such as Rye, clover, and other lush yet dangerous grasses make a reappearance, and the horses all get fat.  Then we have the 2 months of winter, where we all get cranky about the cost of hay (no matter how cheap or expensive the hay is that year) and count down until "spring".

That's because spring looks like this:
And with grasses like that, there's no point in putting out hay for the horses, it'll rot in the feeders.  This means less money spent, better looking horses, and we're all happier. 

Oh yeah, and it gets warmer too.  Warmer is good for riding, because some of us are alergic to the cold (yes, I mean me).

This year, Spring is coming early.  It's the last day of January, and my pastures are green, although still short.  The weather is decent (50s to 70s) if there was just a bit less wind, it'd be perfect.  The horses haven't started shedding out yet, but it won't be long now.  And me?  I've loving this!

And in only a few more months, it'll be BABY time again!

1 comment:

  1. I love that last photo of my little man and his mama!