We lost little Thunder on July 8th. He was such a sweet little guy, we really miss him and are sad that we couldn't do more for him but his health issues were just too much. It just wasn't meant to be.
Senator, Fritz & Skyler have been adopted, and Sonata should be back today or tomorrow. Neeka and Sky are coming back, and they've both been started under saddle. Our thoughts are with Rick, who was fostering them, as he received a serious kick to the chest which will have him laid up for quite a spell. We took in a nice little dun mare with an eye injury, Roxy, and she's already found a foster home - thank you Tracy & Jonathan! Romeo will be returned to his foster home next weekend. Thank goodness!
A big thanks to the Charltons and Naffins, for the donation of the round bales and delivery! Also a big thanks to Monty Gwynne for the donation of the (very heavy!) square bales.
Phoebe had her 2nd cannula removed from her eye and it's healed up pretty nicely, though she does have a scar in her eye. She's happy to be back with the herd, and she settled a lot from all the handling she had, the one good thing that came out of it! Golddust is better now, and Mellow's itch has been clearing up but now she seems to be developing an abscess in her foot as she's completely lame on one foot. Seems to reinforce my idea that most foot abscesses are brought on by stress. Shadow(#3) got a small puncture in his shoulder and it has abscessed as well. Hopefully it will drain soon. Gracy the standardbred went out for adoption on a 'trial' basis of one month. It's been 2 months now and I haven't been able to get hold of the guy to either return her or pay her adoption fee. Never again with the trial periods! Our adoption fees are low enough and with our policy of full refund if returned, there's no reason for anyone not to pay the adoption before the horse leaves. We have enough on our plates without having to chase people for money, and my biggest concern is for the horse - what kind of home is it if the person isn't even honest enough to pay?! Should I publicly post his name in the hopes that I can embarrass him into getting back to me?
We got the cows moved out to pasture and moved all the horses back from the pasture to the south. Thank you Sarah for allowing us to use the pasture, it's unfortunate that esp. due to the bridge being out at Water Valley that it wasn't practical for us to do all that extra driving to go all the way around. Most of those horses went to Nancy's pasture and some came back here.
Minx, Fritzy & her foal, Mitzy, Sebastian, and Preston all went to their new homes. Sylvia left on foster with Sebastian and she'll come back when he's ready to be weaned. Hank is also adopted and will be leaving in about a month. Popcorn's adoption didn't go through, I wasn't comfortable with the placement, so he's available once again. Harriet & Kikko's foster has become a permanent adoption. We took in a new horse this week, he is Prince, a 29 yr old gelding. He's a little sore on his fronts, prone to founder, but a really nice old boy. Also Sonata is being returned to the rescue, unfortunately she's on Vancouver Island so we'll have to arrange to get her all the way back here.
Munsie had her foal, he was born on Jun 25th. He picked up some sort of bug and has been doing poorly the last few days. We had the vet out and she tubed him, plus he's on antibiotics and neorease and he got a shot of fluxinin and equi-stim, and he seems to be doing better. We put a second cannula in Phoebe's eye, and her stitches have started to come out and it looks like the puncture still hasn't cleared up completely, but the cannula is going to have to come out anyway this week. Mellow had some sort of allergic reaction to something or picked up something that's made her incredibly itchy. She's rubbed her face raw and between her legs. We've been treating it, plus I dewormed her again, and she seems to be getting better. Golddust was rough- housing with another of the yearling geldings and took a nasty fall and hurt his shoulder. He was very sore for about a week but is getting better now. Remi cut his neck, it's not too bad though. The day after Kiwi and Gemma went up to their foster home, Gemma lay down in a bit of a dip and couldn't get up. Fortunately Carol's daughter was able to rush out to Carol's and give Gemma some help so that she would get up. I hope Gemma is smart enough to not lie down in the same spot again!
We had a nice visit and gave a tour to Padnoma, a group for people with learning disabilities. A big 'Thank You!' to Serena Crisanti, who collected donations for the horses in place of her 11th birthday presents. We did a short presentation at the last meeting of the Calgary Regional Trail Riders group. They have been big supporters of the rescue over the last two years, donating part of their casino fundraising proceeds to us, which we really appreciate! Thank you to Linda & Gary Charlton, who have donated a large number of round bales of hay to us. Also thank you to Monty Gwynne for donating the nice (very heavy!) square bales. Our email has been acting up again, so if you don't get a response to your email, if it's urgent you should call, or message us on facebook. Last week the email was down for several days. Hopefully it won't be down as long this time, but I have no idea what the problem is.