We had Pat our farrier out for 3 days over the last week and trimmed up 59 horses. Sadly Pat will be returning to Quebec permanently so we'll be looking for a new farrier here pretty quick. Thank you Pat for all your hard work over the years - I'm sure you'll agree that it's been quite the experience working with all the different horses at Bear Valley!
Thank you to our volunteers for the help with all the physical labour over the last while, what with loading and unloading hay and feed and moving it around. We did pick up another 3 tons of feed yesterday and have a small gang lined up to unload it for us on Sunday. We also hope to pick up another 200 square bales on Sunday that will need to be loaded and unloaded.
We took in 2 horses and a donkey from the Alberta SPCA earlier this week. The 2 yearlings are quite thin (and this still after gaining weight over the last couple of weeks while in the care of the SPCA) but the donkey is in good shape, though all three do need to be gelded. We were told there was also a filly but she died before the animals were able to be seized. We took in 20 chickens from the Calgary Humane Society that were found abandoned in a garage. They are silkies in a lovely mix of colours and fairly young.
I'm glad to say that I finally got the year end financials finished and to the accountant. I'd also like to welcome some new sponsors - Eve and Vanessa for Django and Zane, Sophia and Jim for Gunner and Penelope, and Alex for the new sorrel colt whom she's had the honor of naming 'Flame'!