It is hard to truly describe the joy and happiness the day we went out to feed and found Whisper.  I had been saying for a while that Aerial looked as though she were about to have her foal and the day before I found her I asked a couple that were out visiting who have had a lot of brood mares if they would come and look at her.  We stood in the snowy field and they said she was not due anytime soon as she wasn't bagged up and her baby looked to be hanging too low and would change position and that she would start raising her tail a lot and waxing when the baby was close.  I went to sleep and in the morning there was Whisper.  Which just goes to show, you just never know !  It is hard to imagine that this small perfect horse had yesterday been inside his mother.  He was running around in the thick snow as if he had always been here.  He came straight over to nuzzle my hand and say hello.  Both our foals have turned out to be amazingly friendly and very handleable and although their mothers are wild they both seem very happy for their babies to be touched and petted.  Blondie worries a little more than Aerial and the foals are different in look and personality but what an experience it is.  We had no idea that so many of the mares we rescued last year were pregnant.  And now we have three more mares expecting and getting bigger by the day.  One of the most horrifying things we found out about kill pens is that often they turn the mares they get out with studs and deliberately get them pregnant so they will weigh more when they sell them for their meat.  Horrifying.  Especially when I sit and cuddle with Whisper and Mariah and think they would never have known life and would have died inside their mothers in a slaughter house in Mexico or Canada.   The SAFE Act has just been re-introduced to the new session of congress and there is a chance if more people get behind it that we really can get this bill through this term and end this horrifying practice of slaughtering our horses abroad to end up on foreign dinner plates.  We at Skydog are going to do everything we can to raise awareness for this bill and hopefully American voices will be heard when we say NO to horse slaughter.  http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2017/01/us-house-leaders-introduce-horse-slaughter-bill-011217.html?credit=web_id85541261

Pamela and her new foal Mariah x

Pamela and her new foal Mariah x