Cameo — Adopted!!

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!

Adoption Announcement: Cameo!

It may take some time but when the right fit comes into one of our horses lives the adoption process seems to have always been meant to be. This is exactly how it was when Cameo’s adopter Lindsay realized that she couldn’t see her life without this mare in it! We all could see this pair had a special bond so once the decision was made it was with pure joy we matched Cameo with her PERFECT home! She has moved north to a lovely dressage training barn where Lindsay works full time. She has lots of room to run and play and the constant love and devotion of a wonderful owner. We are all so excited to finalize this adoption and send Cameo and Lindsay lots of well wishes for their life together!

Cameo at her new home. Still wearing her breakfast hay!

SAFE Horses at the SAFE Show!

Here are just a few of the photos from Jessica Farren of the current SAFE horses that competed at the SAFE Benefit Horse Show. It was a fabulous weekend of competition, and we all had a marvelous time!

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Trail horses available for adoption!

Here at SAFE, we are enjoying the wonderful sunshine by exploring the trails at Farrel-McWhirter Park next door. The horses love to get outside and get a break from arena work. Last week, both King and Stevie went out for their first trail rides and did perfect! We had a nice steady group to help them along, with Anderson in the lead and Cameo bringing up the rear. You can bet we’ll be enjoying many warm days this summer walking in the cool forest with these horses. They all are amazing and more than ready for new homes!

Photo Update: Cameo

Cameo’s Horse Show Debut

What a superstar Cameo was for her first show! She looked great and continues to amaze us this year. Lindsay is doing great with her training and not only got Cameo comfortable with the trailer but also has taken her on a few trail rides! Cameo is ready to meet prospective adopters! Are you ready to take her home?

Show Update: Cameo & Jewel

This past weekend Cameo and Jewel went to their first show of the season at the ride and review at Hollywood Hills Saddle Club. It was Cameo’s first show and she did amazing! Her volunteer rider Lindsay has been working on her trailer skills and our little frightened Arabian mare did a fabulous job. She has really grown up!

The ride and review was a great start to the show year. They were able to run through their tests and then had a 30 minute lesson with the judge. Both riders said that the feedback from the judge was great and they felt really good about how the horses did and what they can work on for next time. Here are some photos of girls during their lesson:

Jewel and Casey:

Cameo & Lindsay:

Cameo: Joel Conner Clinic Update

This was Lindsay’s first clinic with Joel and Cameo. They did very well and it was a great experience for Cameo. Here is what Lindsay had to say about Cameo in the clinic:

Cameo was a very good girl in the Joel clinic! She started out a little tense — lots of people and horses — but the exercises really helped her balance and settle in mind and body. We did lots of one rein stops, moving hindquarters and forequarters, backing, and working on a loose rein. Trying to work on listening to my seat, getting her off the forehand, and not taking flight! Cameo is smart, sweet, sensitive and spunky and she puts 100% in everything she does. Overall, it was a positive learning experience for both of us and we have plenty work yet to do but I’m excited to continue practicing these techniques in my work with her!

 

Below: Cameo and Prince work well in close quarters! Who would ever believe that Cameo would allow something like this! Amazing progress!!!!

 

Training & Health Update: Cameo

Cameo is coming along really well in her rehab work and she is now ready for the weight of a rider. Volunteer rider Lindsay was excited to help Cameo take this next step and helped her have a happy and easy ride. Here is a video of her first ride back: