It’s been a big month for the ISPMB mustangs! In March they were hauled back to Minnesota to one of our main foster facilities (Thank you to Hay Chix for doing the hauling!). They all learned about being in stalls and that it is okay to be separated from each other. Pablo, Emila, Francisco and Enrico were all pretty far along in allowing themselves to be caught and learning how to lead (thank you to Karen Murray). Monte and Padre were still pretty skeptical but eventually they allowed us to catch and halter them. We were able to convince Dr. Nicole Eller to take a day out of her busy schedule and geld the 4 older boys (by the end of April Dr. Nicole will have gelded around 150 mustang stallions from the ISPMB case!) We have determined that Monte and Padre are both 3-4 years old, Enrico, Francisco, and Emilia are 2-3 years old, and Pablo is actually 5 years old! Upon examination Pablo did not have testicles present–so we sent blood serum into UC Davis for a testosterone check. Sure enough it came back positive–so he needs to have cryptorchid surgery (castration surgery for undescended testicles). We will be scheduling that asap. Pablo is pony-sized–so that is making us wonder if he was maybe dumped off at ISPMB because his owner didn’t want to pay to have the surgery. He may not be a mustang after all… Now that Monte and Padre are also halter broke it was time to schedule farrier work for everyone. Thank you to Joe Yanish for coming out to do the trimming! Because several of these guys still have some pretty big trust issues when it comes to things like the vet and the farrier, we opted to use light sedation to do the trimming. This ensures a much more positive experience for them the first time. This week (second week in April) will have one more big adventure in store: 2 or 3 of them are going to be picked up by their Promise of the Future trainers! We know they are going to be nervous about being separated and it may be an adventure getting them on the trailers–but we do think they are all going to thrive with the one-on-one attention they are going to receive. We have been impresses with how smart, curious and friendly they all are!