We are so pleased to announce the placement of our sweet companion mare Vida. She is now loving her new life with JoElla!
A few months ago JoElla came to us, interested in getting a horse. She has never owned a horse before and while she did have family to help her take on this responsibility, she still needed to get more comfortable around horses. So we recommended that she come to SAFE and volunteer, to gain some valuable horse experience. While volunteering at SAFE, JoElla fell in love with Vida, a very independent mare with a VERY loving and tender heart.
Vida has settled in perfectly to her new home and routine. She has a boyfriend named Murphy and lots of loving people to care for her.
JoElla said this about adopting from SAFE: “This is the best thing I could have done. I love being with Vida, she is so sweet to me!”
Unfortunately we are going to have to retire Vida as a riding horse. Off and on since we got her, she has had a slight lameness in her front right hoof. It would come and go but recently it was enough for us to call Dr. Fleck to come take a look. He discovered in the x-rays that she has a very old medial lateral collateral injury. Generally these are not something you can see on just an x-ray and in their acute phase require an MRI to diagnose. However her injury is so old and has caused damage for so long that we can see the problem at the attachment point. Due to the years and extended amount of time that this injury has gone untreated, Dr. Fleck did not think it is something we can successfully rehab. So she has been added to our list of available companion horses, and her adoption fee has been set at $300.
Vida is very happy and comfortable as a companion. She enjoys the company of other mares and geldings. She is the leader of her turnout herd and all the other horses look to her for comfort and direction. She is usually easy to handle only having trouble in stressful situations like a vet visit. She ground ties for grooming and is good to trailer and adjust to new places. We are optimistic that a loving home will accept her for what she can offer and give her love and a family to call her own!
Here is what Sara had to say about working with Vida in the clinic:
This was my first time working with Vida, and I was very impressed by this mare. She has a lot of try, and was always paying attention to my feel (even if she did not always respond to it physically). Her main areas that need work are becoming less stiff in her front leg yields in the circle (she currently hops when forced to move quickly, which is cute but not graceful). She also needs more work responding to the handler’s feel when stopping and backing while leading, though this was something I saw her improve on between the first and second days. Her disposition is incredibly sweet, and I think she is going to make a sturdy, reliable and fun riding horse.
Here is an update of Vida’s progress from her volunteer rider, Jolene:
Vida got her first lesson in tying yesterday. She did really good. Only pulled once and though she meant it, she came off it and was really good. While she was tied I worked on taming that wild mane of hers. She will need to work on standing for some time since she starts to be come impatient and paws the ground. She was good for the spray conditioner too.
Below is a video of their 3rd ride together and photos:
Volunteer rider and trainer Jolene D has been working with both King and Vida to get them ready to saddle up and ride. Here is her report from our recent Joel Conner clinic:
I had a wonderful time working King in the clinic this past weekend. It was the perfect opportunity to help him work through some of his fears. There was so much going on all around him. Everyone was using flags, horses were constantly moving around, there was even a mini getting worked! He struggled with knowing where to focus. I tried to make being with me and working with me the most comfortable place for him. At first, his thoughts felt like they were ping-ponging around the arena. As I started reinforcing for him that all the other commotion was nothing to be concerned about, he became more consistent and relaxed in his maneuvers. I believe this will be a key concept for him moving forward.
This is a really sweet horse. A couple days before the clinic she became sensitive to pressure behind her poll. She started rearing. There was no intent behind it, she was just stuck. She did not know that she could relieve the pressure she felt by just moving forward. The more we work with her to get her feet unstuck, the less likely she will ever feel the need to rear again. She made so much progress during the clinic. I can’t wait to see how calm and centered she becomes.
Here are some photos of Vida getting worked at the clinic:
Prince, Rico, Vida, Rosie, and Ruckus were surrendered to SAFE after their owner passed away unexpectedly from cancer. The five horses were transported without incident to a SAFE foster home, where they will remain until their quarantine period is over. We’ve been told that the four full-sized horses are well started under saddle and some are very easy to ride. They all seem to be very well mannered and reasonably healthy. The five together make up a lovely little herd, and we’ve really enjoyed watching them interact with each other.