Marie has always been an animal lover and has had animals since she was a little girl. Currently, her family is happy to include an adopted cat and a rescued German Shepard.
When Marie’s second child left for college in the fall of 2016, she was not ready to be an empty-nester. Marie says, “I decided I needed to do something to get me out of that slump, so one day I did a Google search for volunteer opportunities related to animals, and SAFE popped up.” She began volunteering in July 2017 on a barn chore shift and soon added a night check shift to her schedule. “I get the best of both worlds, working with horses and being with a great group of volunteers, and then the quiet serene barn at night with just the horses.”
Marie finds it almost impossible to choose a favorite SAFE horse, but she does love spending time with Prince, a Morgan gelding, who she calls the “Fabio” of the SAFE herd.
“I had always been in the mindset that to exercise a horse they should be ridden, but through SAFE I have gained an appreciation and understanding of companion horses and the loving care that they need to feel healthy and loved is just as important. I am so thankful for all that I have learned and will continue to learn from the wonderful people I have met at SAFE.”