We talk a lot about dreams coming true for our horses when we finally get to send them off to their new home, but we’re happiest when an adoption can make a dream come true for the human side of the new partnership as well. Susanne M has supported SAFE for quite some time now as a monthly sponsor, but one day she happened to share with me that at age 65, she had a dream of someday becoming a horse owner. There was one SAFE horse in particular who reminded her of a beloved horse she had helped care for for many years…and that was Skittles. Susanne had wondered if perhaps Skittles was related to her old friend through breeding, and while we couldn’t answer that question, Susanne was able to come to Safe Harbor and start to get to know Skittles a bit better.
When she first brought up the idea of adoption, Susanne remarked that she worried that Skittles might find her boring, since all she really wanted to do was light trail riding and hacking out. We assured her that Skittles would find that sort of life delightful! Susanne and Skittles took their time getting to know each other, including several lessons with Terry and a lot of discussion about Skittles’ special dietary and turnout needs. Throughout the process, we were impressed with Susanne’s thoughtful and careful approach to the commitment of horse ownership, as well as the love and friendship that grew between her and Skittles. Susanne brought Skittles home for a 30 day trial at the start of February as the final step to making this a permanent adoption, and happily, everything has turned out just as well as we’d hoped. Skittles is home.
Susanne tells us that Skittles is loving the beautiful spring weather, and just last week, she watched with joy as Skittles raced around in the sunshine like a young filly! We wish Susanne and Skittles the best together, and we could not be happier to know that in this case, everyone’s dreams have come true!