2009 bay Arab mare, unregistered
Cameo is one of 39 horses seized by Pierce County Animal Control after they were discovered living in filthy, deplorable conditions, trapped in stalls and paddocks piled high with their own waste, in barns with no light and no ventilation. The horses were in large part unhandled and they suffered from a lack of vet and farrier care. Because she did not receive proper handling and training, Cameo was quite wild and difficult to handle when she arrived at SAFE. But with kind and patient handling, she has learned to trust us. She made slow but steady progress working with trainer Brittney Stewart and learned to be safely caught, haltered, led, and groomed. Brittney introduced her to the bridle and bit, and in early September, she left for training with Andrea Lucianna. Going to training was initially a difficult experience for Cameo, but Andrea worked with her very slowly and carefully, and gained her trust and acceptance. Thanks to a grant from the ASPCA Equine Fund, we were able to keep Cameo in training for more than 6 months, giving her the time that she needed. When she graduated from training in April 2014, she was going nicely at all three gaits.
Cameo was a SAFE horse for many years, but eventually, she met her person in SAFE Barn Manager and Volunteer Rider, Lindsay R.. Cameo and Lindsay became regular riding buddies at SAFE and enjoyed trails rides and training sessions together several times a week. It only took one potential adopter coming to look at her before Lindsay decided that she couldn’t bear to say goodbye to her friend. Lindsay made Cameo her own, and moved her back to old stomping grounds at Half Trak Farm, where Lindsay now works as a working student. Though we miss seeing them every day, we wish them the happiest of happy trails together in their new home!