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Recent SAFE News

Bridgit is growing up!

bridget_8_20_2014We checked in recently with SAFE horse Bridgit to see how she is progressing in her preparation for training as a saddle horse. Bridgit has been in a foster home for the past year to give her a little time to grow and mature. Her foster mom had some wonderful things to say about this beautiful little mare…

Bridgit has been with me for over a year now. In that time, she has grown a couple of inches and finally filled out from her ribby state. She has also matured emotionally and behaviorally and is a pleasure to work with. She still has moments of insecurity, where she looks to her person or her herdmate for comfort. This can include crowding into your space, which is something we continually work on. She does get anxious when her herdmate leaves.

Bridgit has been lunged lightly in a surcingle and recently wore a saddle for the first time. It was a non-event! She is carrying a bit as well, and looks very grown up wearing her big girl tack. She is doing very well with voice commands on the lunge in both directions.

Bridgit bathes, clips, stands for the farrier and she loads and trailers well. Recently she went on a field trip around the neighborhood in-hand. She crossed a wooden bridge, walked on pavement (with neighborhood cars causing no concerns). She encountered many suspicious looking mailboxes, which she was willing to investigate when asked. She was a little excited about the herd of neighbor ponies that came running over to say “HI!” but she settled quickly.

Bridgit is a sweet youngster who is nearly ready to get started under saddle. She will never be a big horse, but should be able to carry a petite rider just fine. Her future looks very bright!

Our Dottie Belle

  We’re quite happy to report that we haven’t had any more colic scares from our dear Dottie recently. Since completing Gastrogard therapy, she’s doing great on a product called Smart Gut and a few other digestive supplements. She gets a mash twice a day made of Beet Pulp, rice bran, senior feed, alfalfa pellets, oil,…

Ruby — Before and After

Ruby is having a great summer living out in pasture at her foster home. Her foster mom, Jackie, calls Ruby a very sweet girl who is friendly, curious and loves attention. Jackie says she wishes she could let her in the house so they could watch chick flicks and snack on carrots together! Check out Ruby’s amazing transformation since…

Catching up with Karma

The new girl, Karma, was taken straight to NWESC after we picked her up from Pierce County Animal Control. We were concerned about some edema on her chest and belly, as well as the slightly snotty nose she was exhibiting. Since NWESC is better set up to quarantine a horse, we thought it best to…

The joy of Cameo

What a joy this little mare is becoming! I had some really lovely quiet rides on Cameo this month. She can still be quite the four year old handful but she has a new peace about her and ground work is helping her find that more and more. Once she gets rid of the excess…