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Horses available through Pierce County Animal Control

Please bear with me, as this post will be long.

Recently, SAFE was contacted by Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson to request assistance with several horses that have been seized or surrendered to their Animal Control agency that they have been unable to place into homes.  Over the past several years, PCAC has taken several steps to try to alleviate the “horse problem” in their county through several open summits.  They put out an RFP for agencies and individuals to help them in providing temporary foster homes for horses that they took in.  They now have several contracts with local farms for temporary placement, and that part of their program has worked fairly well.  However, where their programs have fallen short is in finding a long-term solution for these horses, once they have been surrendered to the county and can be released for adoption.  They have tried, with limited success, to find homes for these horses themselves, and have even worked with rescue agencies to help them do site checks and screen potential applicants.  But it was not enough, and the the number of horses in their care continued to rise.  It is important to understand that unlike King County, Pierce County does not operate a small animal shelter.  They contract with the Humane Society for that service, and pay a flat fee per animal that the Humane Society takes in for them to provide vaccinations, spay/neuter, etc.  Their expertise is in animal control and there was no budget to care for all these horses nor experience in providing adoption services.  In desperation, last summer the county ran two horses from the Eatonville case (where Zanadu, Calamity, and Nadia came from) through the Enumclaw Sales Pavilion, with disastrous results – both ended up in the kill pen slated for slaughter.  Both horses were rescued, with the county even paying the $300 “bail” to re-rescue Nadia on the condition that SAFE take her.  We did, and she was later put into training and then adopted into a home.  There was a lot of public outcry towards the county for this, and they have learned from their mistake and will no longer run horses through the sale.  But that still leaves the county with a significant dilemma, what to do with all these horses? Continue Reading

SAFE Update – May 24th, 2011

It’s been a busy few weeks at SAFE, with several events completed (Pins for Ponies, Saddle Fitting Clinic) and several events upcoming (Lipizzaner show which is SOLD OUT, Gelding Clinic June 4th, Open House June 26th).  We are working diligently on planning for the 2011 SAFE Benefit Show (our 5th Show!) which this year will be expanded to a two-day event August 6-7th at Donida Farm.

A great update for you on April!  Dr. Hannah has worked her magic and the wound is now completely healed.  She is off antibiotics and doing great!  There will be a scar there, but once she gains some weight she will be ready to be made available for adoption!

Lucky is also doing fabulous! He has graduated to turnout in the round pen which he is quite happy about.  He tolerates stall rest very well, but he’s a young, active horse with a lot of energy, so actually getting some time to stretch his legs makes him much more sensible.  He will be ready to come back to our main facility in another week or two.

Mr. Pibb is doing well, gaining weight and out on a big pasture which he has all to himself.  He’s a nice, sweet horse and is going to look so much better once he is fully recovered.  He got a dental float this week which should make eating hay a bit easier for him – his teeth were very, very bad.  Poor guy!

Dawn Anderson’s assistant Jean is also an equine massage student, and she offered to come and work on the rescues for us.  She came out the first time on Sunday and worked on Deeds and Romeo, and then came back on Monday and worked on Annie and Zanadu.  Annie reportedly LOVED her massage.  Romeo was a little unsure about it at first, and then he decided he needed to groom me while she massaged him, it felt so good.

Zanadu’s potential adoption unfortunately fell through.  Some concerns over her soundness in her right knee were raised by the vet which caused the adopter to back out of the adoption.  We had Dr. Hannah out the following week to further evaluate her knee, which is slightly larger than her left.  Dr. Hannah saw no lameness on the lungeline, but she did show a mild, Grade 2/5 lameness with flexion.  She took some xrays and conferred with Dr. Bryant at Pilchuck.  The xrays show a bone chip as well as an area of arthritis.  This will probably cause her some soreness at some point in the future and require some maintenance (joint supplements, Adequan, joint injections) to keep her comfortable.  She’s not going to be a jumper or do anything super strenuous, and potential adopters should be made aware of the issue, however she is still fine for low-level dressage, flatwork, trail riding, pleasure riding, etc.  Dr. Bryant did say that the arthritis was in an area where surgery to remove the chip and clean up the joint could be an option to give her a little more time before she would need joint maintenance, however as she is sound now that is not an option that SAFE plans to pursue for her.  Dr. Hannah also flexed her left hind leg which has the old barbed wire injury on it, but she showed no positive response to flexion on it and it does appear to be superficial scar tissue only.  Photos of her knee and left hind pastern below.

Unfortunately, I have some very sad news to report on Romeo.  A couple of weeks ago he left NWESC and returned to SAFE.  The first several days he was pretty agitated as he was still very studdy and we were working on acclimating him to other horses.  That part has gone well and he has finally settled and is very calm now and learning to get along with his neighbors and not attack the fenceline if horses go by his paddock.  Unfortunately – at some point – either during the move or shortly after, he has further injured his already severely compromised hind leg.  When he was at NWESC, he was getting around very well on that hind leg – was sound at the walk and about a 3/5 lame at a trot.  But once he settled in at SAFE, he was quite a bit lamer than that….not wanting to bear weight on the bad leg, sometimes holding it in the air, and really, really gimpy at the walk.  I had hoped that he had stressed himself in his excitement of being in a new place and pacing, but after he settled and days went on and he did not improve, I began to worry that something far more serious was going on with Romeo.  I put him on Equioxx, an anti-inflammatory, first once a day, and then twice a day, and even then he seems very sore on the leg.  He also is not eating very well, and generally does not seem very happy.

Tonight Dr. Hannah stopped by to see him.  She agreed that he was far worse than he had been at NWESC and was pretty severely lame.  She also confirmed what I had thought as well – the leg itself looks more angled and less stable than it did before.  She took xrays just to compare to the previous films as she wanted to see if he did indeed further damage it, but we both agreed that it is now compromising his quality of life, and he will unfortunately have to be put down.  This is of course a very hard and sad decision to make, and if we had known this would have happened we never would have put him through the stress of being gelded.  Because we do believe he is uncomfortable, we are going to try and schedule this soon – possibly on Thursday evening.   Once again I feel anger that Romeo’s original owner did not put him down when the injury happened, or had had it fixed surgically if that was possible.   I wish there was more that we could have done for him…he is such a sweet, sweet horse.  His life could have been so much better.

 

SAFE Update – Apr 23, 2011

Quick update for your Easter weekend…this beautiful day I took Corona out and cleaned him up.  Finally, he is growing in a much healthier-looking summer coat where he had been bald in patches.  He is still clinging on to some of the more stubborn long wiry winter coat hairs but is looking better every day.  The penis injury is almost completely healed now and he has gained a lot of weight.  He still struggles with chronic diarrhea, despite probiotics, so we keep his tail in a tail bag (generously donated by Brooke at Custom Tailbags).  Today I scrubbed his hind legs and tail, groomed him, and took some new photos.  He is looking much better, isn’t he?  Starting to see what a beauty he will be under all that hair!

We also picked up Aiden today in anticipation of him going to training tomorrow, and Nadia’s return (if you hadn’t heard, she is already pending adoption).  Here’s a couple of pictures of him hanging out in our pasture.  He’s still only about 14h, but stocky and absolutely a sweetheart.  Went out tonight to put his sheet on him and he just laid his head on my shoulder and nuzzled my ponytail.  Sigh.

Tonight we had a booth at the Spring National Jumper Show for the Grand Prix.  We got to watch some fabulous horses and also talked to lots of people, including a couple that were interested in adopting!

Tomorrow there will be lessons with both Annie and Zanadu being ridden in lessons by potential adopters.  Char will also get a ride by our volunteer Victoria, who had been riding Lucky.  FYI, peeked in on Lucky today up at NWESC.  I didn’t get any pictures of him but he was snoozing back in the corner of his stall, as he likes to do.  Seems to be handling stall rest quite well!  So far, so good.  Romeo also seemed more relaxed…finally!

May Events Updates

Hopefully by now you know about the three great events taking place in May to benefit SAFE and its supporters. Just a few quick updates on each one:

PINS FOR PONIES – MAY 1 – 1-3pm – SunVilla Lanes, Bellevue

Pre-registration for Pins for Ponies has not been as fruitful as we had hoped. SAFE reserved a lot of lanes at the bowling alley, but has only managed to fill a handful of them. We’re going to have a great afternoon no matter how many people turn out, but we’d still love to see more of our friends and supporters join us. It’s two hours of unlimited bowling plus pizza and prizes…remember, you’ll have the chance to win tickets to the “World Famous” Lipizzaner Stallions performance. We’re going to extend the sign-up time another week (thank you SunVilla!) so if you were thinking about coming out for Pins for Ponies, we’d really love to hear from you. Click here to sign up.

The “WORLD FAMOUS” LIPIZZANER STALLIONS – May 28 – 2:00pm – Comcast Arena, Everett

Tickets in the SAFE group section are selling fast, and I’m delighted to announce that we have sold more than enough tickets to guarantee that the pre-show clinic is happening! If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, now is the time. There are 100 seats available in the SAFE section (section 119, Rows 1-4) so when those are gone, they’re gone! We will be able to get more tickets if those sell out, but we won’t know exactly where they’ll be located until we reserve them. However, everyone who buys their tickets from SAFE will be admitted to the exclusive pre-show presentation. Click here to buy your tickets!

SADDLE-FITTING CLINIC with ANDERSON EQUINE – May 21-22 – Monroe

We need to clarify that the saddle fitting sessions are for English saddles only. Dawn Anderson says she plans to start working on Western saddles at some point in the future when she’s acquired the training and education on how to do it correctly. Western riders are still encouraged to he Lecture/Demonstration on Saturday since the principles of saddle fit and equine biomechanics are the same in both disciplines. Click here to learn more about the clinic.

SAFE Update – Apr 17, 2011

Yet another busy couple of weekends at SAFE, and the weather was as crazy as we were.  Today we saw some rain, some snow, some hail, and finally some much-needed sunshine!  The pastures are still far too wet to use yet, but the grass is growing like crazy, which means by the time the ground is dry enough to put the horses out on the grass without turning it to mud, they will be knee-deep in it!

So let’s see…Annie and Zanadu were the stars this weekend!  Annie had a potential adopter come and ride her on Saturday as did Zanadu, who was ridden in a lesson with our trainer.  Both rode the horses really well and would make really great matches for them.  They both plan to come back and ride again so we’ll see!  Zanadu also attended a Parelli clinic with another potential adopter, the same clinician that worked with Dexter a few weeks ago.  That also went really well, so we will cross our fingers!

We had an emergency call with Dr. Hannah last week when Corona managed to crib a board  so much that it broke, and then somehow Lucky managed to gouge himself on the pointed end of the board.  He’s fine, but wasn’t too happy about it being touched for a few days to be cleaned.  By the weekend he was fine and it was healing nicely, and Victoria even managed one more ride on him before he goes off to Pilchuck tomorrow for his surgery, which is on Tuesday.  After the surgery, he will be headed to NWESC for his rehab.  He will be resting for about 4 months…hopefully he won’t be too much of a handful!  He does like to paw with his front feet like Zenyatta does when he is feeling full of himself, so I am thinking stall-rest and hand-walking should be interesting!

Dexter has been doing really well at home.  Last weekend, he gave Sara’s daughter Angelique her first ride ever on a horse, a lunge lesson with Andrea and was very patient as Angelique was learning to post.  Yesterday, Sara rode him in a lesson and worked on starting to teach him to give to the bit instead of brace against it, and he was really starting to get it towards the end of the ride.  He is very defensive of the bit, as well as a bit stubborn about it, but as you can see from the pictures he is coming around.

Corona has only one small area of his penis that is still healing and is doing really well.  On Thursday he is going to a foster home to finish his rehab.  He’s such a sweet boy and is going to make someone a fantastic horse.

Charmeon is also coming along well in her training and is much better about steering.  She starts out very forward but runs out of steam quickly as she’s not very fit, but she remains very level-headed, sweet, and easy to work with.  She’s a powerful mover and a fun ride!   Photo below was taken today.  I brushed her tail out and banged it and it looks so cute.  We have had quite a bit of interest in her as well, it’s easy to see why, she’s a beautiful mare.

Romeo is healing well after his castration and will probably be ready to leave NWESC in a week or two.  At this point we are just waiting for him to realize he isn’t a stallion anymore and settle – he is still very fixated on other horses right now.

Not so good news on Sinatra – Dr. Hannah was able to replicate his lameness after several days of lunging and using nerve blocks localized the issue to both front legs, in the area of the fetlock down.  When she blocked out the right, which was the one he was visually limping on, he went lame on the left.  She took xrays which did not reveal any issues, so the prognosis is strain to both front deep digital flexor tendons.   He will require some rest time and then hopefully can return to work in a few months.  Later this week he will be moving to a foster home in Bothell who will manage his rehab and care.  Hopefully he will be a great patient! I’ve included some photos of him from Bonnie and I’s visit with him at NWESC last weekend.

Next weekend, Nadia will be returning from training.  She has been doing really well, and finally learning how to be a proper arena horse and not just having two speeds (“dead run” and “whoa”).  She is learning how to give to the bit and has not had any issues with grouchiness about being ridden since those first couple of rides.  When Nadia comes back, it will be Aiden’s turn to go to training!  Now three years old, he is ready to start his next adventure.  I can’t wait to see how Andrea enjoys working with our sweet little Aiden!

In addition to the horses on our site, we have two horses that we took in from a King County Animal Control situation in late February and one gelding and two minis that came in from two other cases last week.   All five of them have come to us in very bad shape, with Body Condition Scores ranging from 1.5-2.5.  As they are all part of active cruelty investigations we are not allowed to post pictures of them.  Needless to say we are quite busy and quite full at the moment.

Lastly, I hope you will join us at the upcoming Pins for Ponies Bowling Fundraiser Event (there are still a couple of lanes open!).  And if you didn’t catch last night’s post on Facebook, we are selling tickets to the “World Famous Lipizzaner Show” on May 28th.  We have some really great seats at a really great price, and included in the ticket price is a special pre-show event to see the horses up-front and personal and hear about how they are trained and prepared for a show.  $10 of every ticket sold goes to SAFE so I hope you can join us!

 

SAFE Update – April 3, 2011

Crazy busy weekend, no time even for pics, unfortunately.  Lots of staff meetings and planning meetings and a lot of great ideas in the works!  We have a really great events and fundraisers coming soon so stay tuned!

Zanadu was a popular girl this weekend, having two potential adopters come and meet her this weekend.  She has been a little grouchy lately on the ground, not sure if it is related to coming into heat or what.  She’s fussy and overly sensitive about being groomed before she is ridden, but after that she is much happier and more settled.  Holly also had two visitors this weekend, so hopefully we might see a pending adoption on at least one of them soon!

Charmeon also arrived at the SAFE facility on Saturday afternoon.  As part of our commitment to Char’s owner, we had placed her on a waiting list for when we had an opening for Char to come into our program, and meanwhile she had kept her in training until the end of March.  Char has apparently done extremely well with her training, and she goes English and Western, has been out on the trails alone and with another horse, and has worked on sidepassing to open gates as well.  She is not for an inexperienced horse handler, because we have been told that if she gets nervous or scared on the ground that she will spin and bolt away from her handler.  This is a relatively easy problem to fix, although a little more difficult with a horse of her size.  However, some groundwork for Miss Char is definitely in order.  So far she has settled in well, although she was very tired today from the trip yesterday and dozed most of the afternoon.  She is eating well though, and seems relaxed in her new environment and is very sweet.   Char came with a ton of donated tack, farm supplies, supplements, and blankets.  We are still sorting through it all, there was so much!

Sinatra has been lunged the last several days to see if his lameness issue got any worse, and to make it more easy to detect with nerve blocks because it was very mild at best and not sensitive to hoof testers and not positive on a flexion test.  So far, he has remained completely sound, so he may be fine.  He does have someone interested in him as a possible foster to adopt situation, so cross your fingers!

Romeo is doing very well after his castration, and tolerating his forced exercise well.  Dr. Hannah reports he is still somewhat agitated and pacing in his stall, which is actually helping keeping the swelling under control.  That should go away in a couple more weeks as the hormones completely leave his body.  In other news, Dr. Bryant reviewed his xrays and was pretty impressed by the remodeling that had occurred.  He was more of the opinion that this was a fracture to the distal metacarpus and one of the sesamoids at some point.  While surgery is an option, it is a pricey one at $7000-$10000, and I am not sure how much it would buy him.  That will be out of what we can justify spending for one horse, and as he is comfortable as he is now, he will probably be adopted out as a companion horse once he is healed from his castration.

Corona is doing well, but still not completely healed.  He remains very tolerant for his treatments, however. He is also doing something we have seen with a few starved horses, where they come in with a thick winter coat with a top layer of really long, wiry guard hairs on top.  The winter coat sheds out, but the guard hairs don’t right away, and because of a lack of nutrition or their bodies being out of whack, the summer coat doesn’t grow in right away either.  It’s an odd phenomenon, but we have seen it before and I feel confident that his summer coat will come in and the long hairs will eventually shed.  But right now, he looks pretty bad, with his long wiry hairs and bald skin visible underneath.   Otherwise, he’s gaining weight well, and we wrapped his tail up as he is still having intermittent diarrhea issues.  He’s also quite a bit food aggressive, so he has to be made to back to the back of his stall before he gets his food.  He does crib as well, but not obsessively, only if there isn’t food to eat or he is feeling a bit stressed.  Otherwise, he’s very sweet and easy to handle, and extremely low on the totem pole with other horses.  In fact, we are still trying to find the right turnout partner for him, because all the horses we have tried him with were pretty mean to him and chased him.  You’d think with his size he’d have some advantage, but they sense his weakness and vulnerability.  Poor guy.

SAFE Update – March 20, 2011

We had a fantastic and busy weekend at SAFE!  Spring is here, the sun finally made an appearance, and the horses are all busily shedding.  I’ve been remiss in posting for a little while, but as usual things have been moving along quickly at SAFE.

This weekend we had Dawn Anderson who owns Anderson Equine Saddle Fitting Services and her assistant Jean, who is studying to become an equine masseuse, out at the farm.  Dawn contacted us recently offering free fitting services for the rescue horses and also is interested in putting together a saddle fitting lecture/clinic fundraiser for us!  I was so excited when she contacted us, because as a dressage rider myself I know how important a well-fitting saddle is to making the horse comfortable and happy in his work.  I also knew how valuable this offer was and we immediately jumped on it and she was able to work us in within a couple of weeks.  She came out on Saturday and spent most of the day with us.  I was incredibly impressed with her kindness, thoroughness, and professionalism.   We pulled out our collection of personal and donated dressage and hunt saddles and pads then brought out each of the horses that were getting ridden.  Each horse she worked with – which included DexterAnnieZanadu, and Deeds, started out with an in-depth assessment of their conformation and checking for any sensitivity from head to tail that might indicate a saddle fitting issue or pain-related compensation.  Each horse then had a file created for them and was measured on 5-6 areas along their back using a flexible rod which were then traced on graph paper.  Then, she had the horse be led in a straight line away and back from her at a walk and trot and made notes about how the horse travels, noting such things as dropping a hip or swinging a leg wide.  Then she had us lunge the horses free without tack, to make note of their natural motion free from anything on their back.  Next, she went through the saddles and various pads and cushions we had available and made suggestions on which saddle was closest to the ideal fit.  She picked what appeared to be the best choice, then girthed the horse up without any saddle pad and lunged the horse again, looking for any changes in the horses movement, any shortening of the stride, tension, or grouchiness that could indicate the saddle was interfering or pinching the horse.  Lastly, she watched the horse being ridden to see if there were any significant changes with the weight of a rider.  She was incredibly thorough and also was able to give us valuable advice about proper saddle placement and showed us some tricks as to how to check for proper saddle fit ourselves.  The biggest improvement was with Annie, as Dawn showed Allison how she should put the saddle back much further on Annie’s back than she had been putting it.  When Allison rode Annie, there was a big difference in her way of going and Annie was immediately much freer in her shoulder and less fussy with her head and neck.  It was really a very small change, but for a sensitive horse like Annie, it made a huge difference.   Dawn also was very complimentary of SAFE and our horses and said she was very glad to see that none of our horses had any major soreness issues.  Dawn is going to come back and reflock a couple of our saddles for us, and also showed us how one recently donated saddle that we had hoped to sell was unusable due to the stitching being worn through.  I was so impressed by Dawn and Jean and so excited that she is willing to offer this clinic/fundraiser for us, as I am hoping there will be a lot of interest in this as it will have a lot of value to the horse community.  We are hoping for a weekend in May for the event, so stay tuned!  Some photos below:

I am thrilled to announce that Baxter’s adopter has been approved and he will be leaving for his new home next weekend.  Congratulations to Mandy K. of Yelm, WA on her adoption!  She is a great match for Baxter and he will be continuing in his dressage training.

Charmeon will be coming to SAFE at the end of the month.  She has progressed well in her training and is now being ridden out of the arena and on trails.  I can’t wait to meet her, she looks like such a fancy big mare!

Corona is doing fantastic and today I moved him back to SAFE.  He has really filled out but still has a few more pounds to go, and today I took bucketloads of hair off of him which had to have felt good!  I also got to experience for the first time “penis-duty”…his penis still has to be cleaned and have medication applied daily.  He was very good about it…in fact he even enjoyed it a bit.  It is healed well except for the bottom third of it.  It was kind of an icky job, I removed a lot of scabby crusts and then it was a little bloody and raw, but I think it bothered me a bit more than it bothered him.  I’m sure I’ll get used to it!  He’s such a sweet horse though!  I also got to meet his former owner that had him from the time he was 3 until he was 7, as well as the girl who leased him from the owner during that time.  They both came down from Canada to visit him and told me a lot about his history.  He hasn’t shown all that much, actually, just a couple of times in the jumpers and once in the hunters.  But he loves to jump and will jump anything, but they did warn that he can get pretty strong!  He hasn’t had much dressage training or been jumped cross-country, just mainly stadium.

Our two senior horses that came from King County Animal Control are doing well.  They are now out on pasture and very happy.  Neither of them can eat hay well, so they are on a mostly mush diet, but they are both gaining weight and doing well.  The gelding did have some abnormalities come up on his bloodwork so we will be rechecking that soon, and the mare is scheduled to have a tooth extracted soon which hopefully will help with her ability to eat.  I am still waiting to hear back from the county on the status of the case, and hopefully will be able to post more pictures and updates soon.

We also took in a new horse today.  We have named him Romeo, and he is a 6 year old Hackney stallion.  I’ll start a new post about him with pictures shortly.  He is coming to us as an owner surrender, after being abandoned on a property two years ago.  Sadly while being in very good condition, he has an old injury (reportedly from birth) which will make him unridable.  He seems to get along well on it, and hopefully he will be able to be a good family pet once he is gelded.  He is SUPER cute (bay and white pinto) and has excellent manners for a stallion.

Lastly, I hope that if you haven’t already, you will consider making a donation to our Lucky’s Charm fundraising campaign to raise money for Lucky’s much-needed surgery as well as to help out WorldVets, an organization that is working hard to help animals that were affected by the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

New Intake – “Honey”

Meet our newest intake, “Honey”.  “Honey” is a 10 year old, pale blue registered Honey Bucket.  Honey was rescued from a flatbed truck stuffed full of other Honey Buckets in various condition.  Unfortunately, we could only make room for one Honey Bucket, even though I wanted to save them all.  The truck driver moved Honey and another, older, green Honey Bucket to the back of the truck and on to the ramp.  I asked the driver which one was ours, and he said, pointing to the green one, “You don’t want that one, it’s dirty”.  So the light blue Honey it was.

So far, Honey seems like a very nice Honey Bucket.  She needed a little support on her left front so that she could stand level, but otherwise seems in good condition.  She is not available for adoption, but will be a permanent resident here at SAFE, with every volunteer and visitor on the property having the opportunity to spend some quality time with Honey.

SAFE Journal – Feb 20, 2011

Today was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, the air was crisp and clean, and horses were enjoying the weather as well.  Today, Lexi went off on her next adventure in life!  We were sad to say goodbye, but so happy to see her finally find her forever home.  Cindy is SO happy to bring Lexi home!

Our volunteer Victoria, who last weekend had her first lesson on Lucky, which was, shall we say, a little harrowing (Lucky was having a TB moment), decided to be brave and give him another try, and he repaid her kindly by being the generally quiet, mild-mannered TB we know him to be.  She was able to really ride him today, and other than really needing to work on establishing “go forward” (I think this is the first TB I have encountered that actually had trouble with this concept), he was calm and relaxed and a very good boy for her.

We also had a potential adopter come out and ride Baxter in a lesson today with Andrea, our trainer.  Andrea got on him first so she could show her how he went and he was being a little bit sulky today about forward (no bucking, just sucking back), so she worked him through a little of that and then the potential adopter got on him and did a super job with him!  She was exactly the type of rider he needs, someone who is not afraid to throw away the reins and really push him forward, into a gallop if needed, when he gets a little behind the leg.  After her lesson, she rode him around bareback to cool him out.  She is talking about coming back and riding him again, so hopefully we will be seeing her again!

Sara had a lesson on Zanadu today that also went really well.  They are using trot poles to help with the canter departs and it seems to help her a lot.  No more kicking out in the departs and she is picking up the correct lead right when asked, not rushing into the canter like she was before.   I didn’t get any pictures, but did get some video, which I will post tomorrow once I figure out how to get it off my phone.  I also got some video of Baxter and Lucky.

Here are some pictures from the day!

SAFE Journal — Feb 19, 2011

This will be another whirlwind weekend at SAFE.  Today, I will be picking up Deeds at his foster home and he will be coming back to our main facility.  Tomorrow, we have a potential adopter coming to take a lesson on Baxter, who returned from training on Thursday.  We also have a potential adopter going to look at Delilah on Monday and a potential adopter going to see Sinatra as well!  So hopefully we will be reporting some pending adoptions soon!