Equine Wellness Expo — Sunday, July 22, 2018

location: Safe Harbor Stables 10407 192nd Ave NE Redmond WA 98053 Sunday, July 22 12:00 — 3:00pm SAFE is holding its 3rd Annual Equine Wellness Expo on Sunday, July 22, from noon to 3pm. This free event at Safe Harbor Stables in Redmond is open to the public, and will feature presentations on equine health from the following speakers: 12pm Dr. Dana Westerman of Professional Equine Therapeutic Services Topic: FormaHoof 1pm Dr. Hannah Mueller of Cedarbrook Veterinary Care Topic: Equine first aid…

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Joel Conner Horsemanship Clinic — June 22–24, 2018

Location: Safe Harbor Stables 10407 192nd Ave NE Redmond, WA 98053 Schedule: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 8a-10a Colt Starting (SAFE Horses) 10:30–1:30 Groundwork 2–5p Riding Auditing: $20/day (FREE for SAFE volunteers!) For more information about Joel Conner visit his website: www.joelconnerhorsemanship.com

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Sage Health Update

Sage got a visit from Dr. Fleck today to recheck her ACTH level. She’s been on a trial dose of Prascend for several weeks since her level came back at the high end of normal at her last vet visit, and she looks and acts like a new horse. We’ll have answers from the bloodwork in a few days, but Dr. Fleck recommends that we just keep her on the Prascend indefinitely regardless of the test results. So what does this mean for Sage? It means she does not have a definitive diagnosis of pituitary…

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What’s in Your First Aid Kit?

As springtime runs full tilt toward summer and equestrians everywhere are more active with their horses, it’s a great time to re-visit and refresh your first aid kits (both horse and human). We have 2 equine first aid kits here at SAFE: one that is easily accessible in the barn, and one in the horse trailer ready to travel. There are countless variations of these kits that horse owners find work well for their specific needs. Here’s what’s in ours: — White cling gauze 3” (4) — Brown gauze 6”…

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Dental Day for Bowie, Orion, and Justin

Our three newest gentlemen had their first visit from the vet recently. All of them have unknown histories of veterinary care. It’s likely that Justin and Bowie have at least had dental work at some point in their past, but it’s quite possible that Orion has never had his teeth examined by a vet until recently when he had surgery to remove the fractured teeth. All three geldings had very sharp points in their mouths and were overdue for dentals. Sharp points can cause ulceration to a horse’s…

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Unfortunate News For Teddi

Teddi had a visit from the vet last week. She turned up lame on her left front leg, and we noticed a suspicious bony lump on her pastern that has been getting larger over the past few weeks. After a brief lameness exam, Dr. Fleck took some radiographs, and the diagnosis was very clear: Teddi has osteoarthritis in her left front pastern joint, commonly known as ringbone. Hers is a relatively advanced case. Since she is such a young horse, it’s likely that the arthritis initially started from…

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Introducing Mina and Luna

Mina and Luna are the latest additions to the SAFE herd and they are both pregnant. Mina and Luna have been in a vet’s care for 6 weeks and they have made nice recoveries from the neglect they faced in their previous lives. Their pregnancies have been confirmed by ultrasound and we have an approximate idea as to when they are due. Luna’s foal is expected in November and Mina’s about 30 days later. We can’t share their “before” pictures, but hopefully you’ll enjoy the “afters” since they are…

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Sage Gets a Spa Day, and Health Update

Our little Sage has blossomed! She came to us with a long, dull coat from neglect and malnourishment–so long and scruffy, in fact, that some of us referred to her endearingly as our little yak-pony. But after some good nutrition, a few baths, and a round with the clippers, she is a beautiful little pony. When Sage first arrived, Dr. Fleck suggested we test her for pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), also referred to as equine Cushing’s disease. Her physical appearance and aged pony…

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Piper’s New Foster Home

Last week, we tearfully loaded Piper into a trailer and wished her well as she headed off to her new foster home. Because Piper is so young, she has a lot of growing up to do before she’ll officially start training. So we started thinking about sending her out to foster, and immediately, the perfect foster home became available to us! Piper is living on a property in the mountains just east of Leavenworth WA. She shares 15 acres of turnout with a small group of horses who can teach Piper how…

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Busy Bee update

another brilliant update from Ruckus’ family: Hello hello, Here are some pics of Ruckus is his big boy bridle driving and also with his new fly sheet for this season with the cutest bee print ever 😂 We are calling it the “Busy Bee” very fitting for little man Rucky. He’s done super driving at the walk and jog, I hope to get him cantering once I get him a little more developed on the lunge line so I can collect him a bit. But he should be ready to drive in the big arena soon! He seems to like…

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