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Joel Conner Clinic Report: George!

It isn’t often that we get young, unstarted horses at SAFE, but we have four fillies and colts coming two or three within the next year. With the support of Joel Conner, SAFE has a solid, progressive plan to ensure the successful start of our youngsters. George’s journey toward becoming a riding partner began in June with the first saddling. To prepare for the saddle, I got George into the round pen and freed up his feet by yielding the forequarters and hindquarters, and got the rope around…

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A Gift from Wind

We have some sad news to share with you. We lost our dear friend Wind unexpectedly last week. She was found deceased in her pasture at her foster home. We can’t know what happened, but we do know a few things. First off, there does not appear to have been a struggle. There was no sign of thrashing or any injuries. It looks like she passed peacefully. We also know that she appeared happy and healthy right up to her last morning, so her passing was likely quick and we don’t think she suffered…

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Joel Conner Clinic Report: Remy

Clinic report from Phoebe T: Remy is such a nice mover! He is smart as a whip, and very responsive to a good feel. He needs more work to become comfortable having the rope thrown around his feet and having the flag over his back. He requires a confident leader whom he can respect, but I think he would scale mountains for the right human. I really like this athletic thoroughbred!

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Joel Conner Clinic Report: Alder

Clinic report from Kaya M: Alder, yet again, was an all-star in the clinic! Joel started out the weekend riding him as he had some time off right after training due to sickness. By the end of the weekend, five different people had ridden him, being flagged around the round pen. Alder is the greenest horse I’ve ever ridden at SAFE, so I had a lot to learn about how to help him figure things out. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to learn on such a thoughtful and patient guy. We still need to…

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Joel Conner Clinic Report: Beauty

Clinic report from Jane M: I had the distinct pleasure of working with Beauty, a 20+ year old Arabian mare, in the Joel Connor Clinic this past week. I spent five days in a row doing groundwork for an hour under Joel’s supervision. It’s impossible to know what abuse this sweet mare endured before she came to SAFE, but her extreme reaction (head thrown up, ears pinned, eyes wild, teeth often bared) whenever she’s asked to back up may be evidence of violent treatment in her past. By the end of…

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Joel Conner Clinic Report: Anderson

Clinic report from Kaya M: Even though this was my fourth clinic riding Anderson, I think we made more positive changes together than the past three combined! I had a huge learning moment myself that gave me more confidence and control and gave Anderson a better expression: fully releasing in the canter. It sounds simple and obvious, but I didn’t even realize before that I wasn’t doing this. Every time I would eventually get a canter, I would have an internal dialogue of “he’s going to break,…

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Joel Conner Clinic Update: Stella

Written by SAFE volunteer Sue C: I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with Stella for 4 days at the recent Joel Conner clinic. Stella has been well trained by Casey, which helped so much since I was the one learning the mechanics of how to ask for moving forward on a circle, hind quarters and front quarters. After some directional fits and starts on my part the first day, we had some success at this. Learning to keep Stella focused on me, and to move her off my feel were more difficult…

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July Volunteer of the Month: David Livingstone

How and when did you first get involved with horses? Do you have one now you want to tell us about? I always lived just a few miles from horses while I was growing up, but I never interacted with them. Since none of my friends were involved in horsemanship it never crossed my mind. My mom would talk about riding when she was younger and tell stories about an uncle of hers who caught and trained mustangs in New Mexico, but it didn’t seem like a world I could be a part of. Still, I think growing…

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All About Millie

Back in March, The Limelight Pet Project featured Millie in a spotlighted video, and we wanted to share the full story of Millie’s transformation, as told by Terry. (You can see the Q13 news segment here.) Lovely little Millie is looking for adopters to show her the next steps in training. If you think you may be a match for her, fill out an application! Thanks to The Limelight Pet Project and Dirtie Dog Photography for visiting SAFE and sharing this video.

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Joel Conner Clinic Report: George!

It isn’t often that we get young, unstarted horses at SAFE, but we have four fillies and colts coming two or three within the next year. With the support of Joel Conner, SAFE has a solid, progressive plan to ensure the successful start of our…

A Gift from Wind

We have some sad news to share with you. We lost our dear friend Wind unexpectedly last week. She was found deceased in her pasture at her foster home. We can’t know what happened, but we do know a few things. First off, there does not appear to…

Joel Conner Clinic Report: Remy

Clinic report from Phoebe T: Remy is such a nice mover! He is smart as a whip, and very responsive to a good feel. He needs more work to become comfortable having the rope thrown around his feet and having the flag over his back. He requires a…

Joel Conner Clinic Report: Alder

Clinic report from Kaya M: Alder, yet again, was an all-star in the clinic! Joel started out the weekend riding him as he had some time off right after training due to sickness. By the end of the weekend, five different people had ridden him, being…

Joel Conner Clinic Report: Beauty

Clinic report from Jane M: I had the distinct pleasure of working with Beauty, a 20+ year old Arabian mare, in the Joel Connor Clinic this past week. I spent five days in a row doing groundwork for an hour under Joel’s supervision. It’s impossible…

Joel Conner Clinic Report: Anderson

Clinic report from Kaya M: Even though this was my fourth clinic riding Anderson, I think we made more positive changes together than the past three combined! I had a huge learning moment myself that gave me more confidence and control and gave…

Joel Conner Clinic Update: Stella

Written by SAFE volunteer Sue C: I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with Stella for 4 days at the recent Joel Conner clinic. Stella has been well trained by Casey, which helped so much since I was the one learning the mechanics of how to…

July Volunteer of the Month: David Livingstone

How and when did you first get involved with horses? Do you have one now you want to tell us about? I always lived just a few miles from horses while I was growing up, but I never interacted with them. Since none of my friends were involved in…

All About Millie

Back in March, The Limelight Pet Project featured Millie in a spotlighted video, and we wanted to share the full story of Millie’s transformation, as told by Terry. (You can see the Q13 news segment here.) Lovely little Millie is looking for…

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