Grandma Sierra is a wonderful example of compassion and fortitude. When she arrived from the feedlot in 2009, she had two young foals at her side, both nursing. One was her own; the other she "adopted" when its mother was sent to slaughter. All were sickly and malnourished, but with special care by our volunteers, they all survived and eventually flourished. The two colts were adopted quickly into forever homes, but her colt, Dayton, returned after a few year due to a family health crisis. Sierra and her boy, Dayton, are now a permanent residents at the rescue. Sierra is the grand matriarch of the AAE herd. The younger horses naturally gravitate towards her for comfort and leadership, and she wisely teaches them their manners and proper horsey behavior.