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Adoptions Recap 2018

There are so many things we want for our horses…good health, comfort, confidence…the very best care…friendships, positive experiences, carrots. But most of all, what we want to give them is a home where they can live their lives in safety and comfort. Adoption is the ultimate goal for every horse who comes to SAFE, and we work hard to prepare them to make the most of the opportunities they will be given. Adoptions are critical to our success as a rescue. Before we can intake a new horse, we…

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Outreach Recap 2018

2018 was another big year for SAFE’s Community Outreach Program. The Outreach Program enables us to extend services to horse owners who need short term assistance to get through tough times. Whether it’s hay, vet care, gelding surgery, or even just advice, our Community Outreach volunteers work to find a solution that allows horses to stay with their owners and stay out of rescue. The Outreach Program was headed up this year by SAFE volunteer Nicole B. Nicole took over Outreach last spring…

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Star has been adopted!

We are excited to share that Star has been adopted by Tammy and family. Their pets include a miniature rescue horse named Elliot and two unlikely herd mates: a goose and a duck! Before leaving SAFE, Star had adapted well to a new environment with consistency and fairness from his human handlers. We suspect Star may be a late cut stallion, and though healthy, his age and an old injury in his left hindquarter–which involves scar tissue and is not painful–made him a companion candidate rather…

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Bowie has been adopted!

Our handsome fellow has found a home! Bowie has been adopted by Pat, and it’s clear he’s already enjoying the hair care regimen his luxuriant mane requires. Because he was gelded late in life, Bowie is not a beginner’s mount, but with the right energy from his handler he’s a gentleman on the ground and easily managed under saddle. That’s why we’re so excited he found Pat. Her vast horse experience is a perfect match for Bowie. He will maintain his manners, continue as a riding horse and enjoy…

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Introducing Gunnar

We have a new horse joining our herd this week. Gunnar is an 11 year old stallion who was surrendered to SAFE through our Community Outreach Program after his owner was no longer able to care for him. He’s a very nice horse, gentle and gentlemanly, and his life is about to change in a big way after he’s transformed into a happy gelding. However, he is not currently in good enough health to sustain surgery, and he has a heart murmur that is concerning to our veterinarian. But he will be gelded…

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January Volunteers of the Month: Leigh Mackey and Phoebe Trocano

We realize our amazing corps of volunteers has grown and we don’t have near enough months in the year to recognize all of their hard work. In 2019 we will be spotlighting two tremendous volunteers per month in an attempt to show our gratitude for all they do to make SAFE successful. This month we are pleased to honor shift‐lead all‐star, Leigh Mackey and horsemanship volunteer, Phoebe Trocano. Leigh has been with SAFE since November of 2016 when we were at the Woodinville farm. Leigh quickly…

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2019 Joel Conner Clinics

We have scheduled four dates for our 2019 Joel Conner Horsemanship clinics. Auditors are welcome (cost TBD) and SAFE volunteers can audit any of these clinics for free. March 15–17, 2019 June 21–23, 2019 Sept 20–22, 2019 Nov 8–10, 2019 Location: Safe Harbor Stables 10407 192nd Ave NE Redmond, WA 98053 These three day clinics start with a three hour Groundwork session in the morning, and a three hour Riding session in the afternoon. Participation in these clinics is limited with priority given…

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Rescue Outside the Box

Most of the rescue work that SAFE does is fairly straightforward. A horse, facing neglect or abuse, is taken in, rehabilitated and retrained, then we find it a new home. The circumstances of neglect may vary, but the basic storyline is the same. In 2018, we found ourselves changing the script in two unusual situations. The Mayday Horses rescue effort was one such case. It involved a group of 21 neglected horses, abandoned on a foreclosed property with a three week window in which to move. SAFE…

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Training Video and Update: Justin

Justin did very well while in training for 60 days with our friend Ben Hannan. He has a good personality and is easy to work with, both on the ground and in the saddle. His only issue is around cinching. Nothing too difficult but he will look back and try to nip at the person cinching up. He will also move around a bit while the cinch is being tightened. It is something pretty ingrained in him so whoever adopts him will need to continue the good work we have started and it will continue to…

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SAFE 2017 Annual Report
Now available for download!

SAFE 2017 Annual Report
Now available for download!

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