IT'S A BOY!!!
The summer has flown by and the most exciting news is that my lovely mare, Eden, gave birth to a beautiful colt on May 24th! Brioso SMS, always impatient, came a couple weeks early with a surprise pasture delivery on a beautiful, sunny morning while I was at work. Fortunately, John was home and witnessed the entire birth, which was mostly uneventful with the exception of a retained placenta for Eden.
Brio, now three months old, has been a feisty youngster from the day he was born and is growing to be a big, strong boy with many opinions of his own. He's incredibly athletic and intelligent and loves to play with his toys. He also loves outsmarting the other horses and is going to be quite the fellow to train as he gets older. I love horses that are always thinking and this one will definitely keep me on my toes!!!
Unfortunately, this was a summer of both highs and lows. Five days after Brio's birth, I tragically lost my beloved Silverado to a sudden infection of Potomac Horse Fever. He became severely ill very quickly and, despite staying up with him all night trying to save him, we decided to humanely euthanize him less than 24 hours after the onset of his symptoms. He was 19 years-old and I had owned him for 16 of those years. He had been one of my dearest friends and it was of the utmost importance to me that I save him from both fear and suffering. While letting him go was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, at least I was able to give him the gift of peace. He was my greatest partner and will be so dearly missed.