The day to day care of the animals is taking all our time, but finally spring is in the air! Good thing, as one of our automatic waterers that waters 3 different areas decided to freeze up when the melting snow got down into the pipes. Glad it didn't happen sooner as having to fill troughs with a hose is a lot of extra work!
Thank you Marcel for donating some lovely alfalfa/grass bales, the horses love them!
We had a bit of a run on intakes despite our best efforts to keep intakes to absolute emergencies. Dolly the pony and Beau the palomino gelding were surrendered at the end of February, and we took in 10 surrenders (9 Arab/Arab crosses and 1 Morgan mare) at the end of March from another desperate situation. Dallas and Mirage both were returned from foster and Queenie has come back temporarily as well. On the plus side, Nyx, Jet and Shalamar (one of the new Arabs) were gelded and Nyx and Jet both have been adopted. Two of the new intakes, Dolly, Misty (#3) and Raven (#2) have already been adopted and lovely Rose Red was adopted too. Norma, and Dennis the goat, were dropped off today at their new foster home. Thank you Jordan (and Charlene!) for hauling Dallas and Queenie back for us. We delivered Nyx to his new home today. Thank you Becki from Bold Equine for working with Nyx to get him to where he could be gelded and for preparing him for his new home. Pinkerton, Lua, and Red will be going out on foster, and PInkerton and Lua to be worked with as well, at the end of April - thank you Erin and Mike for taking them on.
I have been very remiss in adding the new intakes to the website and my excuse is the sloooowwww speed of our internet. It is unbelievably tedious having to wait for things to upload at a snail's pace but unfortunately we are located just so that we can't get wireless and have to rely on satellite and there seems to be only the one provider we can access. Just about the ONLY downside to being located in the boonies!
For the first time, our farrier Pat is here for 4 days to do trimming. Up til now we were able to fit all the horses into 3 days but with an increase in the number of 'able to pick up and trim' horses we've had to add a day, doing close to 100 horses in total! We have Denis and his tipping table booked for the end of April to get the less handle-able horses trimmed before they go out to pasture.
Thank you to more new sponsors, and welcome to the new volunteers - we've had some great people joining us over the years and we appreciate your help very much!
We lost lovely Fly suddenly last week. Thank you once again to Greg from Just Passing for being so prompt and sympathetic. Our heartfelt condolences to the adopters of Rouge and Trump who lost their dear horses recently, and tragically as we just heard this evening, on the passing of Esperanza who only yesterday we'd receiving just a nice update and photos of. They seem to go too quickly, never with us long enough.