Here is another example of a young Sugarbush Draft, a G1 (first generation) with much less draft breeding. This filly was bred to bring color and refinement back into the breed. Notice how much lighter in bone she is than her sibling, while maintaining the same (or improving upon them) angles of joints and structure. You can see that they are related, even though one is "draftier" than the other.
And these fillies also show a problem we are experiencing in the breed. The best horses are still just babies. They are at home, growing up, and learning to be horses.
We appreciate the vehemence that our fans have, and while we do not yet have members, we do have regular discourse with most of our owners. The owners know of our plans, our progress, and are given regular updates about where things are going. Memberships are one example of this. We have been discussing memberships, and not all owners liked the idea. Some just want to show/breed/own a horse, and not have to worry about paying dues to have voting rights. They say they like how it is now. The registry is concerned about the future, and how we will be able to maintain the causal dialogue, with out records of who actually owns a horse (since transfers aren't always completed in a timely manner by new owners).
This thread actually caused me to ask the owners if they felt we worked in a dictatorial manner. Overwhelmingly they said no. With that said, it did also bring a few owners to this thread to rebut the harsh comments made, and to refute the mistakes in understanding about our breed.
Like any horse lover, we are a passionate bunch. We are not perfect, but we are trying to move forward in the best way we can. No one wants to see his or her horse bashed (well, except me, I am weird like that) or be told that their beloved pet is "ugly". Horses are horses. Very few horses are "ugly" (they are horses after all) but many have flaws. In my 14 years working with horses, I have yet to see a perfect horse. Every horse has flaws, and some have more flaws than others, but when you only have 12 horses, all with visible flaws, left in the breed...all related to each other... what do you do?
Should we have let them die out? Should we have searched for horses that mimiced the horses we HAD, rather than the SDHR ideal? The horses we had are obviously not ideal (as this thread has shown) but had many good traits.
Instead, we focused on the few quality horses we had, and the horses we have had over the years, and worked to bring that back into the breed by selecting Foundation horses to improve those flaws.
The thoughts here have been distorted by the comments of PrettyDecoy, who represented the horses shown as Foundation horses, rather than the scattered remnant of the breed we are trying to correct.