We've started bringing home some of the horses that were out on foster for the summer. Kiwi and Gemma are back, thank you Carol for giving them a good summer on pasture. Sasha, Farrah, and Brandy are back as well, thank you Deanna for summering them with the minis. We're picking up Sylvia this coming weekend, along with Harley, Raffles and Joker. Raffles was ridden, has an issue with bolting but at least not with bucking any more (I think that's a plus!). Harley was packed and saddled/ridden a few times but can be headstrong and stubborn - just needs more time put into him. Joker has some apparent lameness in his rear fetlock that was injured at some point in the past so wasn't worked with much - we will look at maybe having him xrayed and see if there are any options for it. Remi, Duchess, Promise, Aurora and Neeka all left for their new homes. Dee, Promise's dam, also went out on foster with Promise. Trouble is back, as Thor is now weaned and leaving for his new home.
We started chiro/massage on Valentino and have seen some improvement already. Poor guy was SO nervous during the session, it took him a long time to settle down but eventually he started to relax and enjoy it. I don't think he's at all used to being fussed over and he seems to expect something bad will happen at any moment. Thank you Tralauney for working on him.
We are working with the new youngsters, would like to get at least a few of them halterbroke in the next few days, as there are 8 yearling/2-year-olds we have to select to send to Olds College next week for 4 weeks of handling. I think we will send Flint, Noah, Mellow, Sterling, and Shadow, and possibly Saffron, and 2 or 3 of the new ones - Amadeus, Captain, and maybe Sphinx. We might be able to send more in November as well.
Samia and Nina will be coming back in just over a week, after spending some time in training with Gregg Garvie. Can't wait to see how they've done!
Mike and I attended the Alberta SPCA conference last week, in Edmonton. It was a very interesting event, our 3rd time attending. They always have interesting speakers and cover a variety of topics. You'd think they'd run out of things to talk about that focus on animal shelter and rescue, but not so! The Alberta Veterinary Association has come out with guidelines for shelters and rescues, which I'm happy to say we seem to follow very well. You can find a copy of the guidelines on their website.Thanks to some really dedicated supporters and their hard work, we're happy to announce that we've been approved as one of the charitable organizations that Husky Energy's employees can support in their charitable giving through work. Another big one that I forgot to mention in the prior update - Thank you to Spruce Meadows for the donation of the leftover feed from this year's Masters tournament! We got about 20 bags of really, really nice feed mixes, the stuff the elite equine athletes get. I'm not a horse but boy, some of it smells so good I'd eat it too!