Shasta and Sunny D were seized by Animal Control after a third miniature horse on the property died from starvation. The two surviving horses had thick furry coats and did not appear to be thin…until you touched them and found that they were actually quite emaciated. Once in SAFE’s care, their health was restored and their bright, sunny personalities started to emerge. We soon discovered that these two little horses were remarkably friendly and calm around people — adults and children alike — as well as other horses and even dogs. We decided that rather than offer them for adoption, we would keep them and put them to work as tiny Ambassadors for horse rescue, a cause they are perfectly suited for! They attend SAFE events like our Fill The Trailer days at Reber Ranch, the SAFE Benefit Horse Show, and even fancy events like Heart of the Horse! People are very curious about them, and even those who are scared of horses can feel safe around these sweet and gentle minis. Our volunteers love Sunny and Shasta too — especially when they are enjoying some time in turnout where they love to gallop, buck, and roll, making everyone laugh and smile. If you’ve never had the opportunity to meet Sunny and Shasta, we hope you will come to our next Open House at SAFE Harbor and say hello!
Sunny D — 8 year old Mini Horse gelding (born 11/23/2008)
Shasta — 16 year old Mini Horse mare (born 5/5/2000)
Sunny D & Shasta were greeters at this year’s Westminster Chapel’s celebration of Lunar New Year. SAFE was asked to be this year’s special animal guests because 2014 is the Year of the Horse. Sunny and Shasta were wonderful greeters to the more than 1,500 people who came to this year’s celebration of Asian culture and arts. Sunny & Shasta got to pose for photos and also meet some of the performers. Thank you to Westminster Chapel for inviting us to be part of this year’s event, it was an honor!
Emerald Downs invited members of SAFE to come down to the track today and set up a table. We asked and were granted permission to bring Sunny and Shasta along for the day as well. It was the mini’s first visit to a race track, but they decided to try their luck at handicapping the races and even printed up their Hot-To-Trot pick sheet to share with other racegoers. I ponied up $10 for them to use to place their bets, and after a slow start, they managed to pick 2 winners out of 9 races and end the day with $9.20, which they promptly donated to SAFE.
Sunny, in particular, was fascinated by the race horses, and watched them closely as they came down the stretch. He even nickered and whinnied at them as they went by. Jet captured this adorable moment on video where he actually tried to take off and follow them to the finish line!
Jeannette and I were interviewed by Comcast SportNet in the paddock between races, giving us the opportunity to fill people in on Bucky B Lucky’s current training status, and also to tell everyone about Portland and the other Thoroughbreds that SAFE has helped along the way. The interview was broadcast live between race 3 and 4, and we hope to have a tape of it that we can share with those of you who weren’t watching.
A big thank you to Shelby, Anna, and Denise for helping deliver and take care of the mini horses today. The girls braided and brushed the minis and then led them around to meet their new fans. Thank you also to Lynn Mazer for spending the day with us talking about horses and taking photos for us! The visit was cut short by thunder, lightening, and a downpour of cold rain, but we enjoyed our time at the track nonetheless. Thank you to Emerald Downs for inviting us out and for supporting Bucky B Lucky!
Program notes about our boy!
The SAFE Booth
The whole crew poses for a shot
Getting the minis pretty!
Getting the minis pretty!
Sunny was fascinated by the race horses!
Shasta poses in front of the empty saddling paddock.
Sunny & Shasta paid a visit to the kids at Northwest Aerials yesterday. The visit was part of a package auctioned off at this year’s Heart of the Horse and won by Patti Gable, raising $500 for the SAFE horses in the process! Brittney and her friend Judie brought the two mini horses to Northwest Aerials and spent some time talking to two groups of kids, 30 from Cedar Springs camp and 25 from Northwest Aerials. The kids seemed to really enjoy meeting the horses, and had lots of questions for Brittney and Judie. It was an interactive session, with questions for the kids as well…the most memorable was when asked if anyone had pets, one girl replied that she has a little sister.
Thank you to Patti for purchasing the Mini Horse Meet & Greet package at Heart of the Horse, and to Brittney & Judie for making this visit happen. And as always, thank you Sunny & Shasta for your friendly willingness to meet new people and teach them to love horses!
Sunny & Shasta, along with SAFE Board members Victoria and Sharman, made an appearance at Woodinville’s 35th Annual Parade & Basset Bash last weekend.
Shasta was totally in her element and when she figured out that Victoria was trying to guide her to the side to talk up SAFE and let the little kids, seniors, and people who had never pet a horse before, she starting taking her towards groups of people. She was a Rock Star and somehow picked up several strings of Mardi Gras beads along the way. (Victoria did not ask what she had to do to get them!) Sunny was a little less enthusiastic but still a good sport. The two horses got to visit with a few King County Sheriff Officers on bicycles and took the opportunity to thank the officers for getting them out of a bad situation (back when King County Animal Control rescued Shasta & Sunny from starvation. Neither of the horses had a problem when they encountered a gymnastics school flatbed sporting a crew of gymnasts turning flips 20 feet in the air. They were also completely unfazed by hoards of Bassett Hounds participating in the event. The ponies and their handlers gave out purple candy and made lots of new friends. They both looked spectacular after the grooming they received from the team of little girls from Charlottewood Stables in Woodinville prior to the parade!
We’d like to thank Lori and Janet of Charlottewood Stables for arranging trailering and to Centerline for letting the SAFE ponies walk with them at the parade.
Sunny and Shasta reprised their role as official greeters at the 2013 Heart of the Horse. Not a lot of horses get to visit Chateau Ste Michelle, so it was a special occasion to all. Special thanks to Kim and Sage for spending the evening with our two little stars, keeping them safe, dry, and happy!
Many thanks to Patti, Gael and Kirann Gable for donating new rainsheets for our resident Minis. Shasta looks fabulous in her new red coat and SunnyD is sporting the blue. They will stay warm and dry thanks to this generous donation.
Foster update: our mini ambassadors, Shasta and Sunny, are currently residing with board member Debi Shatos. They were in need of some additional training and she’s agreed to work with them to ensure they are both adorable AND well behaved. Yesterday they participated in a clinic with trainer Michael Sparling. Don’t they look cute in their matching halters? Thanks for all you do, Debi!
Shasta and Sunny D are two Miniature Horses that King County Animal Services seized from a property in Fall City on April 12th, 2011. They are eating well and past any refeeding concerns after a slow transition onto free-choice hay. They are also eating soaked hay pellets, beet pulp and senior feed twice a day. They both need their teeth done and have trouble chewing the stemmier pieces of hay. The mare, Shasta, is 11 years old and is very sweet and friendly. She is starting to shed her heavy winter coat. The colt/gelding is 2 1/2 years old. He has no palpatable testicles so a blood test was taken on May 5th to rule out that he might be a cryptorchid stallion. He is much more shy and a little skittish but is starting to come around. He’s still holding on to his winter coat. Both have been lice dusted and wormed and a fecal test was taken on May 5th.