Well the foal didn't make it. Found it dead in the middle of the stall on Monday morning. Further inquiry to foaling farm found out that he had had some seizures during the first couple of weeks of life. They hadn't seen any recent ones when he was sent to me at 3 weeks of age. I don't think he would have ever been right - certainly not right enough to race. The mare knew something was wrong and was solictious of human help with the foal.
Knock on wood the bad streak is over and on to the good.
Weather was good all week and with March Break had the teenager who does weekends and works with me in the summer spent 3 days helping out. Got a load of BEAUTIFUL small square bales of hay in the loft. This with the load of fantastic big round bales that we got a month ago should have the horses positively popping at the seams with good health, not that they weren't looking great in the first place.
My mom's been out riding twice - one on the 27 year old stallion and once on our distance mare. She said not fun on the distance mare and will wait for me to get her settled into the season before attempting again. Mother will restrict herself to the ancients - the stallion and a 25 year old gelding. The only other one who is road broke is heavily pregnant so won't be going any place soon. That's the problem with living on a major highway with constant traffic, you either take out the safe, road broke horses or wait until the farmer's field dries up and we can get some of the broke but not road-safe horses out.
Hopefully I can get back to working ponies tomorrow. Times running out and I'm not much further ahead than I was at the same time last year. Dratted extremely cold temperatures and being sick!