Sadly today we made the decision to have Storm put to sleep today. He has been having too much trouble this winter. We had Dr. Chad Hewlett out to xray Rollie, our neighbour's horse who has been here for a few weeks because he has been lame. Unfortunately it turned out Rollie has a broken bone in his foot so he also had to be put to sleep. It was a hard day for Mike as I was at work all day and he had to deal with this by himself. A big thanks to Karen for fostering Storm during his stay with us. Thank you to Greg Anderson of 'Just Passing' for coming on such short notice to help with the remains. I'm sorry I missed meeting you, even under such sad circumstances. Also Beth passed away at around Christmas at her foster home. Thank you to Alexandra and Wolfgang for looking after her for all those years.
On a brighter note, Dynasty has been adopted, Juno is going to a foster home up north if we can arrange transport, and Fontaine and Donovan are leaving next weekend for their new foster home. Duke has also been adopted and should be leaving for his new home in the next couple of weeks. Susanne has been out twice weekly to work with the youngsters and in just a few short days she's got Saphron, Golddust, Donovan, Dusky and Cooper halterbroke, leading and picking up feet. Mercy and Burton are almost there and a couple others are progressing well. We dewormed all the weanling and yearlings again - thanks Kelly & CO.! - (lots of wormy poop afterwards so it's a good thing we did them!) and it would seem that Bird, Remi and Somber have had halter work done with them, though they are a bit out of practice. A big thankyou to Cranky Crow Studios for the fundraiser they held on our behalf. Check out their website, their cards are really cute! We had a really nice visit from the Calgary Recreation Equestrian Group. If you are from the Calgary area, check them out, they have lots of great horse-related activities going on. They've also volunteered to man a booth for us at the Pet Expo in Calgary this spring. Speaking of booths, this will be our first year to have a booth at the Mane Event in Red Deer. Stop by for a visit at our booth if you're at either event! We got in about 50 rescue chickens back around the beginning of January. They are doing really well, they've regrown their feathers from their first molt (which is I think typically when they are culled) and they're settling in and learning to roost and scratch and do other fun chicken stuff. I'm pretty sure of the 4 standardbred mares (Gracy, Leyla, Neeka and Sky), only Leyla is pregnant. The rest may have been pregnant at some point (Gracy for sure was as she was preg-checked by our vet) but considering if they are bred they should be due within a month, only Leyla looks like she is THAT pregnant. So that's good news as we certainly weren't looking forward to 4 mares foaling in the dead of winter. In addition to Leyla, we are expecting foals this spring from Trouble, Twobits, Fritzy and possibly Sylvia.