Very sadly, we lost both Major and Patches recently, about 10 days apart, both just about the same way, namely they went down in the cold for unknown reasons. Major was already gone when we discovered him, which is always a shock and so saddening, and Patches we worked on for 12 hours to try to help her recover but without success and she was euthanized quietly. We have to be reconciled to the fact that we did the best we could and their lives were good while they were here with us.
PQ and Vega have gone to their new home - PQ was very pregnant so I'm glad she's gone somewhere were they can keep a closer eye on her and have her inside to foal. Paloma, Amadeus, Max and Captain are back from school. They all did really well while they were there! We delivered Malone to his new home - our vet adopted him! Lilly sliced her shoulder open. We had Dr. Erickson out to clean it up and stitch it up as best she could. There was surprisingly little swelling and it's healing up nicely, though the vet did have to do some more cleaning up of the dead tissue as it died back. Lilly was a good patient and didn't seem to mind the week she had to spend in the barn even though it was probably her first time being indoors. Aric's bloodwork to check his testosterone level was... inconclusive! Due to the time of year, his results don't really tell us for sure what his status is as it's borderline between a gelding and a non-breeding stallion. However because he seems to think he is a breeding stallion we're fairly certain his reading shows he's a gelding, if that makes sense.
Thank you to Darcy & Karen Grudeski for the hay donation.
A reminder to all our foster homes, further to the email I sent out (let me know if you didn't get it!), if you would like to receive a tax receipt for fostering we need to address it within the next week or so. I've sent out all the year end charitable receipts, so if you made a donation in 2012 and don't receive your receipt by late next week, please let me know.
We have a new application for volunteering - check out the 'how you can help' section of the website. Thank you Carmen for volunteering to be our volunteer coordinator! You can contact Carmen about volunteering at firstname.lastname@example.org.