I'm sure everyone is waiting for spring! It's snowing today, with a heavy snowfall warning of 10 - 25 cm (4-10 inches)! I don't think the horses mind, but with the ground warming all we're going to have is mud and more mud once it melts.
Several of our seniors went back to Janine's (Bear Valley's treasurer) as fosters - Cosmo, Hannah, Sasha, Brandy, Shandra and Prince. Thank you Janine for taking off some of the load - that's a few less buckets of mash we have to make up here every day. Paloma, Buckwheat, Captain, Trouble, Shadow, Java, Smudge, Rosebud, Fritz, and Sterling all left for their new homes, along with new horse Penny; and Valentino along with new horse Ace went to their new foster homes. Still waiting for better weather so that Nicki, Summer and Mellow, along with fosters Monkey and Joanie, can leave for their new homes. Also Minx has been adopted by her foster home. That's quite a lot of new homes, thank you to everyone who has adopted/fostered!
Sadly we had to euthanize Crockpot, one of our goats. He'd been having trouble maintaining weight since last fall, in spite of having a good appetite. He started to really slide over the last week and even though we tried everything he just wasn't able to rally. We think perhaps he had some internal issue with tumors or cancer.
We had quite an influx of new horses over the last month, including: owner surrenders Roxy, Ace, and Topper (and one rabbit, Mike); return of Karma; and purchased at auction Hitch, Penny, Rose Red, Snow White, Django and Teresa. Of these, Roxy, Ace, Topper, and Penny already have new homes! Peso was also out for a short time on foster and came back just today. He did have some good work done with him while he was out so he's a little further along with his feet and handling. Thank you Kira for taking the time with him. Thor was here for a short temporary stay and went on to his new home, as did Chester who was here for one night only.
Thank you to Jim Muma, our accountant, for doing our year end tax return, it's always a pleasure to work with you and we sincerely appreciate the donation.
Just for Kix Photography and Inga Morozoff Photography held a fundraiser at Easter taking pet portraits and were able to donate $540 to Bear Valley! Thank you Inga and Amber! Ironhorse Farrier Services are having a TRIM A THONť for the month of April with part of the proceeds being donated to Bear Valley - check out the fundraising page for more info! Thank you Brenden and Katherine!
Pound Rescue is compiling rescue stories for a book - check out their website (www.poundrescue.com) for more info if you have a story you'd like to share.
Thank you Robin McKay of Red Deer for coming out and practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu ( a form of acupressure) on some of the horses. The Horse Industry Association of Alberta has a couple of information sessions (one in Calgary and one in Airdrie) coming up later this month for people new to horses or for those wanting up-to-date information - Horses 101 and Horses 201. Check out their website albertahorseindustry.ca under 'education' for more info. Also here's a link to a good article about horse rescues. It originates from the US but pretty well applies 100% to Canada as well - http://www.equisearch.com/farm_ranch/nine-myths-about-equine-rescues-debunked/ And last but definitely not least, thank you Tracey from Little Wonders Photography for coming out and taking pictures of the horses. Check out her Little Wonders Photography facebook page album 'Bear Valley Rescue Part 2' to see the pictures. Hopefully next time Tracey is out we'll have green grass and leaves in the trees! Oh and don't forget Dot is collecting items for a garage sale in Calgary - see fundraising page for info!