Volunteer rider Erika worked with Harley in the Joel Conner clinic last weekend. Here is what she had to say about working with her:
This was my first time working with Harley. She is a very nice horse, who has obviously been through a lot of training in her life. She picks up a soft feel very quickly, and she responds well to minimal pressure with legs and seat. She moves very smoothly and always has a good expression. As she is such a nice mare, I don’t imagine it will be long before she finds a great forever home!
We have seen a great transformation in Harley over the weeks she has been with SAFE. She is up to a good weight, her rain rot is cleared up, her hooves are trimmed, and she is sound.
Since we don’t have a lot of information about what she had done in the past, we asked Joel Conner to help us assess her as a riding horse. We took her over to his place in Ellensburg last Monday. She did AMAZING! Jumped into the trailer and was quiet and settled into her paddock easily. Joel checked her out and while it was clear it had been a while since she’s been ridden, she was accepting and very well behaved. We decided to leave her at Joel’s for a few weeks to continue working with her and see what else she knows.
From what she has shown us so far, she is going to be an easy horse to get along with and hopefully easy to place. She will be back at Safe Harbor for the Joel Conner Clinic June 10-11th. We are taking applications now and setting up times to meet her the week of June 12th. Please fill out an application or email email@example.com with any questions.
It has been a few weeks since Harley and Ruger were dropped off by Animal Control. Both are doing very well settling in and getting healthier every day. Harley is very sweet and calm. Herd Health Manager Melinda has taken her on as a special project. Melinda has been getting to know Harley and nothing but good things to say about this mare. We don’t have much history on her so we are taking things slow. Once she is completely healthy, we can assess her as a possible riding horse.
We had both the vet and farrier work on her and she did very well. Her teeth were in decent shape with just a few sharp points causing ulcers on her cheeks. Dr. Fleck was able to correct her teeth so she will be able to chew her food better. She is getting turned out daily, and even getting some time on the grass pasture. Everything is going smoothly and she is on track to begin saddle work later this month. We hope to have her available for adoption by the middle of June.
Harley and Ruger were seized from their owner in mid January 2017 by Snohomish County Animal Control. Both horses were emaciated, suffering from rain rot, with overgrown hooves. They were both found standing in deep mud and manure on their owner’s property and appeared to have been abandoned. They remained in county custody for several months while their court case began, and were signed over to SAFE in late April. Ruger, who was a stallion, was gelded by the County at the end of March.
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