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Beauty Under Saddle?

Beauty’s been enjoying the past year, settling into her life at SAFE. Her friend Jane has helped her become so much happier and relaxed around people. It is clear that Beauty has a riding history and she’s sound, so we thought we would see if she could be a riding horse again! We tested out all of the rope work and saddle prep that we would do for a totally green horse and Beauty was completely unfazed by all of it. She handled being saddled really well and didn’t really get...

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SAFE Standards: Gelding Policy

It pays to be flexible when dealing with horses. But there is one thing that SAFE is not flexible about: our gelding policy. All colts and stallions coming into SAFE are gelded as soon as they are able to safely undergo the procedure. Among horse rescues, this policy is nothing out of the ordinary. Most reputable rescues do the same thing. People in rescue understand that rescues are needed in large part due to irresponsible breeding. Simply put, there are more horses than there are good homes...

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December Volunteer of the Month: Lisa Schildt

Congratulations and a huge thank you to our December Volunteer of the Month, Lisa Schildt!! Lisa does SO MUCH here at SAFE, and has a lot of talent and ability to share with us. She’s found a lot of ways to help, both in the barn and behind the scenes in the office. Lisa always seems to be going the extra mile, and we are so thrilled that she’s part of SAFE!! How and when did you first get involved with horses? I was one of those kids who loved horses, and did everything possible...

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Flynn’s First Day Out

Last week was a great one for Flynn! We got the results of his histology test from Pilchuck Report and they found zero cancer cells! We were all concerned that the mass in his eye might be malignant, but the vets have concluded that it was likely a large ulcer caused by a past injury. This is great news because now we don’t have to worry about a future re-occurrence. Flynn’s healing has gone so well that we are now able to turn him out during the day. As you’ll see in this...

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Joel Conner Clinic Report: Barb

Here’s a clinic report from Sarah V who worked with Barb, one of the Fall City 40 horses: I’d never worked with Barb before Thursday of the clinic, but was really excited to have the chance. I was onsite in Fall City in July of 2019 when we were trying to separate some of the mares and foals from the 9 studs they were sharing a pasture with. The unhandled herd spooked and started racing around and we watched in horror as tiny Barb slammed into and over a barbed wire fence, jumped up, and...

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Joel Conner Clinic Update: Sienna

Thank you to Sue C. for this clinic report about her work with Sienna:I had the opportunity to work with Sienna at the November 2020 Joel Conner clinic. It was a great chance for me to take a step back, review, and work on my feel. Sienna knows the moves, is happy to do as asked if I ask correctly, and tries to fill in when I don’t. That said I can see the difference in her execution, and expression when I am more precise, and provide consistent appropriate releases.We worked a lot on...

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Joel Conner Clinic Report: Anderson

Here’s a report from Scott B who worked with Anderson in the November clinic: I got to ride Anderson last weekend at the clinic. He has clearly been well trained and is super talented.  I really enjoyed the weekend as my first time getting to work with Anderson. The Good: He is easy to handle “in hand.” He ties very easily and stands well while being groomed. Super easy with his feet being cleaned and a perfect gentleman when putting his boots on and taking them off. Happy to...

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Successful Surgery for Flynn

Errol Flynn returned home to SAFE yesterday afternoon after a successful surgery to remove his eye and the tumors that were growing there. Pilchuck Vet Hospital reports that they got a good look at the tissue surrounding the mass, and were able to remove it cleanly. They also said he “jumped right up” from the anesthesia. All good news! Back home, he seems comfortable and very receptive to being cuddled and loved on. He even looks cute in his bandages!

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Banner is Adopted!

Banner is thrilled to be home with his adopter Casey! He has a new best friend named Rowdy and he seems to have settled in well. Casey is a small animal vet and is very happy to have both horses living out their senior years together on her home property! “Banner has settled in well to the new routine,” Casey tells us. “He’s such a cute, grumpy old man. He pins his ears initially to almost everything, then goes along with it like a gentlemen (for grooming, haltering, hoof picking,...

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Beauty Under Saddle?

Beauty’s been enjoying the past year, settling into her life at SAFE. Her friend Jane has helped her become so much happier and relaxed around people. It is clear that Beauty has a riding history and she’s sound, so we thought we would...

SAFE Standards: Gelding Policy

It pays to be flexible when dealing with horses. But there is one thing that SAFE is not flexible about: our gelding policy. All colts and stallions coming into SAFE are gelded as soon as they are able to safely undergo the procedure. Among horse...

December Volunteer of the Month: Lisa Schildt

Congratulations and a huge thank you to our December Volunteer of the Month, Lisa Schildt!! Lisa does SO MUCH here at SAFE, and has a lot of talent and ability to share with us. She’s found a lot of ways to help, both in the barn and behind...

Flynn’s First Day Out

Last week was a great one for Flynn! We got the results of his histology test from Pilchuck Report and they found zero cancer cells! We were all concerned that the mass in his eye might be malignant, but the vets have concluded that it was likely a...

Joel Conner Clinic Report: Barb

Here’s a clinic report from Sarah V who worked with Barb, one of the Fall City 40 horses: I’d never worked with Barb before Thursday of the clinic, but was really excited to have the chance. I was onsite in Fall City in July of 2019 when we...

Joel Conner Clinic Update: Sienna

Thank you to Sue C. for this clinic report about her work with Sienna:I had the opportunity to work with Sienna at the November 2020 Joel Conner clinic. It was a great chance for me to take a step back, review, and work on my feel. Sienna knows the...

Joel Conner Clinic Report: Anderson

Here’s a report from Scott B who worked with Anderson in the November clinic: I got to ride Anderson last weekend at the clinic. He has clearly been well trained and is super talented.  I really enjoyed the weekend as my first time getting to...

Successful Surgery for Flynn

Errol Flynn returned home to SAFE yesterday afternoon after a successful surgery to remove his eye and the tumors that were growing there. Pilchuck Vet Hospital reports that they got a good look at the tissue surrounding the mass, and were able to...

Banner is Adopted!

Banner is thrilled to be home with his adopter Casey! He has a new best friend named Rowdy and he seems to have settled in well. Casey is a small animal vet and is very happy to have both horses living out their senior years together on her home...

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