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.

Friday, May 18, 2012

How far they have come

 Last fall this horse came to live with us.  Her name is Moon, and she was skinny.  It's been a few months, and we've been in the middle of a drought, so regaining the weight has not been easy, but it has been consistent.

Now, about 6 months later, she's packed on the weight, put on muscle, and impressed us with how well she goes under saddle.  Moon loves to swim, and is often seen wading into the pond, and encouraging others to do the same.

But yeah, she's still filthy.  I'm starting to think that will never change!

And then there's Midnight, the bombproof Percheron mare I got about the same time Moon came to see us (I think it was 2 weeks later).  Well, she was also a victim of the drought, and was rather thin.  Unlike Moon, Midnight was older, which made the weight gain take even longer.  She started like this:
And ended up like this:
While Moon is currently a bit plump, Midnight still needs a few more ponds before I'm happy.  I am thrilled at HOW she is putting it on though.  Her hair looks nice, her mane is soft and silky, and she is a happy girl.

I just have to say that these mares both came with their names when we got them.  (Moon's came from her papers, Midnight was Midnight).  We kept their names because they both seemed to know them.  It's just fluke that we have a starry night theme going on.

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