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 10, 2012
This is why I can't have nice things (like days off)
Anyway, Sweetie has been learning to carry a rider. My friends have been helping me get enough saddle time on the horses, since I am basically behind on EVERYTHING. Well, Chris decided he wanted to ride Sweetie.
The plan was, Rachel would ride Moon (who is doing amazing) I would take Cayenne (who is a spoiled pain in the rump) and Chris said he's getting Sweetie. I went to the round pen to stay out of the way of the greener horses. Cayenne was in a serious mood.
So, the little pony, Cayenne starts off fussing with every command I give, and I choose to lunge her out. Snap on the lunge line, and she takes off like a rocket! Not allowed! I correct, she fusses, and is just being a very bad horse. I didn't really think much of it, until the stars aligned all wrong for Chris.
He's in the arena next to me, on Sweetie, who is greener then that grass above. Just as Sweetie turns to head back down the fence line, putting her back to the round pen, Cayenne lets loose. Cayenne bucks, bolts, hits the end of the line, and bucks again. Sweetie caught "danger" behind her, and surged. Chris, being a novice rider still, hit her face, she went up, and chaos ensued. Just as he decided to step off, she hopped, giving him that extra launch we all hate.
He landed hard.
Rachel, his wife, hops off Moon, and heads to him. Moon stood like a rock, nice and calm. Sweetie of course headed up and out of the arena, right to Jae. Jae said he looked up, saw a riderless horse, and thought, "hmm, that's not good".
Poor Sweetie was terrified. Poor Chris hurt every where. Silly Cayenne thought it was yet another excuse for being silly. Tied her, and headed over, and we got Chris up and settled. Needless to say, that put a damper on our plans to get a lot of riding in.
Gotta give her credit though. She got back on a horse (I worked out Diesel, he was dead on, and turned him out before she was over the jitters). She ended up riding Keeley, mom's retired mare, and both were happy for it. Keeley can't do anything more then walk/trot work now, due to some arthritis in her hips, but the same reason means that the light exercise is really good for her. Stephanie also weighs like 10 cents soaking wet.
Ok, so, by the end of the weekend, we had 2 falls. Not something I like to see, but, no injuries (other then sore muscles, bruises, and aching pride) and both riders had on their helmets.
So, keeping with my Resolution, I took the day off Monday.
The rain came in Sunday night, and I stayed up late playing video games with Jae and Chris (yeah the same one who fell). I slept in, I was lazy, and I was relaxed. Until about midnight last nght.
I started getting anxious.
I have things I need to do! I have stuff I need to get DONE!
The list is crazy. The thing is, no one thing is all that much, but together, it's like 4 full time jobs.
I need to get the horses saddle time, but can't because it's raining. I've been suffering through hell trying to get the system set up to just print the registration certificates. Last rejection was due to pixelation of the logo. AHH. I need to do website updates (and for me that takes much longer then for a more skilled person).
I need to set up the SDHR so that it will be a bit more modern, and function a lot more efficiently. This includes a database for the pedigrees. Ideally one that I can use online and for the pedigrees on the certificates.
Lets not even talk about things like laundry, or meals.
No, it's not that bad, but when the "oh I'm so behind" feeling hits me, I sure feel like it is! So 6am today, my eyes open, and my body says "we have to get one thing finished TODAY". I was up like a rocket, and hitting the keyboard hard. It's the same feeling you have when you wake up randomly, only to realize the alarm didn't go off, and you have to be headed to work in 10 minutes or less. The horses weren't even happy to see me at that hour (as I'm very vocal about NOT being a morning person) and my dogs have yet to stir from their comfy beds.
So this is why my resolution might fail. The day after I do nothing important always feels like I am panicking. I have to say though, I've really been enjoying the time with Jae, even if I do feel guilty quitting my work day about the time the sun goes down. So lets see if I can hold on to my resolve to keep normal working hours, and not lose myself in all the projects I have going.
Posted by Pinzgauer at 9:41 AM