We had 3 horses return to us this month. Ranger, now 5 years old, was adopted as a weanling. He came back to us because he injured his shoulder a while ago and didn't come completely sound again but he is broke to ride and would be suitable for light riding. Yuma was adopted out last year but has soundness issues (he's coming back tomorrow and we'll have our vet look at him). Tacoma, an older palomino gelding we bought at auction a couple of years ago, was returned due to serious illness on the part of his owner. He is not in great shape (was boarded somewhere that didn't provide good care) but he's doing much better already on mash and good hay. We also took in an older Arab/standardbred mare. She's a strong mare and well broke but not for a beginner. I will get these horses posted on the website shortly.
Abby has a sponsor, thank you Francesca! Francesca has been sponsoring horses for a number of years but they keep getting adopted (most recently, Voodoo), so this time she picked one that is a permanent resident!
Thanks Tracey for the cool 'Buy a Bale' board that you made up for The Mane Event, and thank everyone who contributed. We are at The Cochrane Trade Show next weekend and we'll have the board there as well. I think everyone had fun at The Mane Event, thanks volunteers, and it is always nice to have previous adopters stop by and give us updates on how the horses are doing. We made a couple of good contacts regarding feed and other supplies and were able to get the word out about the upcoming Blackfalds fundraiser as well. We held a raffle and the names drawn were - Sara Munro for the hoody and cap; Silvia Thacke for the bucket of horsey stuff; and Terry Rogers for the Timberline Tours certificate. I haven't called them yet to let them know so this might be a spoiler.
We had a nice visit from Sheila Isiah, whose horse passed away recently. Sheila would like to set up a memorial fund in honor of her horse, Mingo. There was a very generous donation in the mail today to put toward care of the seniors, thank you Leah. The Rescue received a $1,000 cheque from Kelly Kay and HorsePlay Family Fun Day that was held a few weeks ago - thank you Kelly! I finally got the year end done and once again our wonderful accountant, Jim Muma, did the year end statement and tax return for us free of charge. Thank you to Doug Bennett (Prince's owner for 30 years) for the generous donation in memory of Prince who we lost last month. Calgary Gymnastics Centre is fundraising for the Rescue
Rosey had her foal on April 19th, a lovely little filly. The filly already likes bum scratches - click here to see a video of her at 1 day old.
Sadly Tinsel lost her foal, a colt, when he was born a few days later.
We were involved in the rescue of about 250 battery hens in early April. Thank you to the Fuerstenburg family for driving to pick up all the birds and for helping to care for them. We've found homes for most of them, at this writing I still have about 20 here that can go to new homes.