SAFE News & Events

Remy’s Return From Training

After months of chiropractic adjustments and careful rehabbing, Remy seemed as recovered as he could be from his back issues and went back to training with Nick Donohue. Nick brought him along slowly and mindfully, being sure to pay close attention to the situations that brought out the trouble in him in the past. We were hopeful that we had gotten to the source of his pain and fixed it. But it was not to be. Even with Nick taking all the...

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Adorable Miss Mara

Mara is arguably one of SAFE’s cutest current residents. Although she is still reserved, she has begun to come out of her shell and let us get to know her a little better. At first she didn’t want to admit it, but she eventually caved and allowed us to see how much she loves neck scratches from people. She’s itchy under that long Cushing’s hair coat so she gets regular currying, and she has an appointment with Stacey...

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Getting to Know Farley

Farley has settled in well here at Safe Harbor Stables. We have gotten to know and love his gentle personality and sweet nickers. Although he is shy, he does seem to enjoy the company of people and will seek out attention from his caretakers. He and Butter are quite the pair and can be seen grooming each other in turnout much of the time. Farley’s biggest challenge since arrival has been getting weight put on. He’s proven to be a...

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Butterscotch: Joel Conner Clinic Update

Lori helped Butterscotch get introduced to horsemanship in our recent Horsemanship clinic. Here is what she had to say about working with this smart senior mare: Butter came to SAFE about a month ago. She’s a sweet girl but didn’t understand much about horsemanship. I took Butter into the Friday and Saturday classes of the Joel Conner clinic. In Friday’s class, we worked on the unified circle, yielding the hindquarters, and backing up....

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Butter’s New Look

Bathing Butter has been something that we’ve wanted to tackle due to her perpetually grimy, shaggy haircoat. The hope was that a bath with a medicated shampoo would help her be less itchy. None of the oral supplements and antihistamines that she’s been on have seemed to help the matter, and our next option would be oral steroids. Due to her Cushing’s disease we want to reserve the steroids as a last resort because that has the potential to...

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Holiday Open House — Dec 8 2019

We’re making preparations and planning for this year’s Holiday Open House at Safe Harbor Stables! We have a lot of fun things planned for everyone this year, including a holiday gift bazaar, photos with Sunny & Shasta, kids’ activities, face painting, and a visit from Santa and Mrs Claus! This event is free and fun for the whole family! Holiday Open House Sunday Dec 8, from 12-4pm Safe Harbor Stables, 10407 192nd Ave NE,...

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Amelia’s Trip to the Hospital

Sweet Amelia has battled GI issues since before she arrived at SAFE. But so far, we had only seen her have one colic episode, and it was a minor one. But just before Halloween we found her down in her turnout, not wanting to get up. She hadn’t finished her most recent meal, which is very unlike her. She was given a dose of oral banamine, which did nothing to make her feel better. When it was clear that this wasn’t going to go away without...

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Understanding PPID (Equine Cushing’s Disease)

We’ve taken in several “shaggy” senior horses lately. Honeycutt, Butter, and Mara all came to us looking suspicious for pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), and all of them tested positive. Last year, our cute pony, Sage, also got the diagnosis. PPID, also known as Equine Cushing’s disease, is a common disease among horses over the age of 15. Equine veterinarians have begun moving away from calling this Cushing’s...

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Amelia: Clinic Update

Sarah V worked with Amelia in the September clinic. Here is what she had to say about getting to know this sweet mare: Amelia and I had only worked together once before the clinic and I’m still new to this style of horsemanship, but she was a lovely mare to work with and incredibly patient with my learning. During the two groundwork sessions, we focused primarily on feeling out how much of my energy was required to get her to move her feet, and...

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November Volunteers of the Month: Hillary Dixon and Warren Nolder

Hillary Dixon, past shift lead, current groom, and Bingo caller extraordinaire! How and when did you first get involved with horses? Do you have one now you want to tell us about?  My first time I was involved with horses was when I was four years old and had my first pony ride at the Woodland Park Zoo.  It was all down hill from there.  I signed up for the 4H club at the Woodland Park Zoo on my tenth birthday, but couldn’t start until I was...

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A Setback for Teddi

At Teddi’s most recent post-surgery recheck appointment this month, we were excited to see the results of her rehab process so far. But that excitement turned to disappointment when we saw that she is more lame at the trot now than she was at her previous appointment. That disappointment grew even more when we saw the radiographs on the screen. At some point in the 60 days between rechecks, it appears that Teddi has sustained a small bone...

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A New Plan for Valor

We recently had radiographs done of Valor’s right hind pastern, the one that showed a potential issue on the bone scan last month. Our main concern was that there might be a bone chip in there, so clean X-rays were a relief. With this knowledge, we formulated a new plan. With Dr. Fleck’s guidance we have opted to take a conservative route to start. Since Valor’s foot soreness was a clear problem on the bone scan, we have put...

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Zoe’s Lameness Exam

Zoe had a lameness exam with Dr. Fleck a few weeks ago. She was positive in flexion tests on the left hind upper limb and had a referred lameness (a gait abnormality that appears as lameness but is a result of pain in another limb) in the right front. It’s likely a mild case of hock arthritis, which isn’t surprising based on the prior injuries she came to us with on that leg. It’s mild enough that we’re not going to jump...

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This is Not Over

Just over a week ago, we took in a timid, lonely, emaciated mare with no name. A day later, she had a new outlook on life: she had a new name, a comfy bed, high quality food, veterinary care, and people who loved her, who were more than ready to be part of the amazing transformation she would undergo. On Tuesday night, just a week after arriving at SAFE, our nightcheck volunteer discovered Rowan down in her stall and called for help. It...

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Mina: Training Update

Mina has been a star for her first rides in training with Nick Donohue. She was a bit lazy to begin with but once she found her zoom zoom, she has been an uncomplicated and a happy mare. With her big body and sweet nature, this girl will get along with many types of riders. She is still green and needs more rides but is ready to start looking for the right home. She would do well in just about any type of riding: trail riding, dressage, maybe...

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Luna: Training Update

Luna has done very well in training with Nick Donohue. She didn’t have too much trouble with saddling but required a bit of groundwork before riding. Once she accepted the new tack and a rider, things progressed nicely. She has three nice gaits and is maturing to be a steady partner. At times, she will become distracted by something outside of the arena but she quickly comes back to the rider without issue. As a green horse, Nick is working on...

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Congratulations, Hillary!

A long long time ago, when Hillary H was 14 years old, her mom adopted a horse named Rhythm from a rescue called SAFE. Hillary is now 21, and Rhythm’s adoption has been officially transferred to her. Here’s what Hillary had to say about this: “Roughly 10 years ago Rhythm became my life. My mother adopted him to be my partner in crime when I was just 14 years old. I’m so proud to say that we have officially transferred Rhythm...

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Farley: Intake Photos and Assesment

New horse Farley arrived from animal control custody on 10/8. He’s a 25-year-old breeding stock paint gelding who stands 15.2hh and currently weighs about 1000 pounds. He’s now at a BCS of about 3.5 but still needs to gain 100 pounds or so. He has thrush in all four feet that we are treating. Farley had a dental and vaccines with animal control prior to his arrival. Their vet found that he his teeth have decreased grinding surfaces...

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Mara: Intake Photos and Assessments

New horse Mara arrived at SAFE from Animal Control on 10/8. She is a 30-something year old Shetland pony who currently weighs about 450# and stands 10.2hh. She needs to gain about 50 pounds. Mara got a dental, bloodwork, and vaccines through animal control prior to her arrival at SAFE. Her ACTH was 483 which confirms her diagnosis of PPID (Cushing’s Disease) and we have started her on half a tab of Prascend daily. She’ll have her...

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