SAFE News & Events

More horsemanship for Sage!

Sage has a new friend: SAFE volunteer rider Scott B has started working with her and was kind enough to share his notes after their last session! I worked with Sage on Sunday. These are the issues I noticed with her: • She’s very herd bound • She needs to respect my space and “stay off” me • She need to connect to me • Found her to be very “reactive” This was my first time working with Sage. I would say the first and biggest issue is her lack…

Roscoe: Horsemanship Clinic Report

Volunteer rider Lisa G rode Roscoe in last month’s Joel Conner clinic and had this to report: I worked with Roscoe in the riding portion of the recent Joel Connor Clinic, and we made much progress.…. and found many things to continue to work on! Roscoe has always had a hard time moving his forequarters around and engaging his hind end, so we focused a lot on this; getting a smooth rhythm going while transitioning from moving the hindquarters to…

Sage: Horsemanship Clinic Report

Miss pony mare Sage got to participate in her very first Joel Conner clinic last month, thanks to her friend Lisa! Here’s what Lisa had to report: I had the happy fortune to work with Little Miss Sage in part of the groundwork portion of the recent Joel Connor Clinic. This was Sage’s 1st introduction to the SAFE Horsemanship work and this little old gal did great… despite the fact that the first thing she tried to do was climb into my back…

Sienna: Horsemanship Clinic Report

Terry worked with newbie Sienna in the groundwork portions of the Joel Conner clinic, and had this to report: Sienna was a superstar for the Joel Conner clinic! She became very relaxed and calm in the clinic setting with the other horses around. She even stood quietly with me and almost fell asleep during a break. This smart, athletic mustang mare is making amazing strides and transformation in her training at SAFE. We have taken it slow with…

Mason: Horsemanship Clinic Report

SAFE Barn Manager Lori M took her favorite guy Mason in the first day of the Joel Conner clinic. Here’s what Lori had to report: On June 22nd, Mason and I participated in the Joel Conner clinic Friday morning groundwork session. Mason was feeling his oats that morning with all the clinic excitement! We started out in the round pen to work out some built up energy. Once we entered the arena for the clinic, we started working on yielding the fore…

Teddi: Horsemanship Clinic Report

Volunteer rider Phoebe T participated in the Joel Conner clinic with Teddi. Here are her reflections on the clinic and Teddi’s progress: This is my 4th groundwork clinic, I now feel comfortable asking questions and asking for help. I have realized that much like for the horses, the time between clinics is important for me to ‘soak’ on things heard & seen in prior clinics. It’s part of the growth process for me, and to have a flash of…

Nashville: Horsemanship Clinic Report

Nashville and her volunteer rider Casey A took part in the last Joel Conner clinic. Here’s what Casey had to say about the progress that Nashville is making: Nashville did very well during the riding portion of the Joel Conner clinic. At the last clinic, she was very concerned about the close proximity of other horses, though she was safe and reasonable with all of the energy. During this clinic, she demonstrated marked improvement with her…

Stella: Horsemanship Clinic Report

Stella and Casey took part in the June Joel Conner Clinic and had this to report about their experience: I worked Stella during the groundwork sessions the first two days of the Joel Conner clinic. I had noticed that Stella was very troubled about changing eyes, the flag, having things touch her legs, and having the back cinch and saddle strings touch her sides. This trouble was apparent both on the ground and under saddle, and I needed help…

Ru: Horsemanship Clinic Report

Ruach was able to participate in this month’s Joel Conner clinic, thanks to volunteer Scott B, who worked with him all three days in both groundwork and riding. Here are Scott’s reflections on the clinic: The clinic with Joel was really an amazing experience for me. I loved it, loved being a part of it and loved how much I was able to learn and apply during the three days. As I said to Joel at the end of the clinic, this horsemanship is a dream…

Duchess’ Next Chapter of Hope

Here at SAFE we have a lot to say about our horses, a lot of stories to share. But in the case of Duchess, whose re-adoption became final in June 2018, a new voice has taken up her story, and it’s only fitting that we share that with our wonderful supporters so everyone can appreciate the journey that this horse has taken. She’s been rechristened Esperanza, which means Hope. This is the latest chapter in a new story being written every day. Oh…

Lacey: Horsemanship Clinic Report

Lacey and Erika participated in the June Joel Conner clinic at SAFE. Here’s what Erika had to say about the experience: This was my second clinic working with Lacey, and this time we went back to basics. We spent a lot of time working on moving her front-quarters, both going forward and backing up. Her hindquarters are easily moved, but she tends to put her weight on her front end, which gets her a bit stuck when transitioning between gaits. As…

June Training Update: Ben

Ben and Lisa’s June Training update: Yesterday during our morning ride, we were joined by three Hunter/Jumper students and their instructor. I was invited to stay for the lesson, as the instructor believed it would be good for her students and their horses to have another body in the arena. I knew it would be good for to work with other horses around, and the energy H/Js bring; so I asked a random teenager who was there to watch the ride to…

June Volunteer of the Month: Carolyn Gudmundson

Woodinville resident Carolyn Gudmundson has been named as Save a Forgotten Equine’s June Volunteer of the Month. She was selected for this honor because of all the years she’s helped look after our rescue horses with consistency, with genuine care, and with absolute gusto. Carolyn is a workhorse, a go-getter and a tireless leader of her crew team. She’s been an amazing, long-time asset to SAFE. Carolyn was looking for an opportunity to work…

Healing Heartbreak: Tasara is Adopted

We’re thrilled to announce that Tasara’s adoption is final! She is now living in Battle Ground WA with her new friend, Sherri. The story of how Tasara and Sherri came together is simply magical. Tasara became a SAFE horse in June 2017. We were contacted by a woman who told us that her sister was dying in hospice, and that she was leaving a beloved horse behind. Knowing that Tasara was safe and cared for would bring her tremendous peace, and…

Equine Wellness Expo — Sunday, July 22, 2018

location: Safe Harbor Stables 10407 192nd Ave NE Redmond WA 98053 Sunday, July 22 12:00 — 3:00pm SAFE is holding its 3rd Annual Equine Wellness Expo on Sunday, July 22, from noon to 3pm. This free event at Safe Harbor Stables in Redmond is open to the public, and will feature presentations on equine health from the following speakers: 12pm Dr. Dana Westerman of Professional Equine Therapeutic Services Topic: FormaHoof 1pm Dr. Hannah Mueller of…

Sage Health Update

Sage got a visit from Dr. Fleck today to recheck her ACTH level. She’s been on a trial dose of Prascend for several weeks since her level came back at the high end of normal at her last vet visit, and she looks and acts like a new horse. We’ll have answers from the bloodwork in a few days, but Dr. Fleck recommends that we just keep her on the Prascend indefinitely regardless of the test results. So what does this mean for Sage? It means she…

Dental Day for Bowie, Orion, and Justin

Our three newest gentlemen had their first visit from the vet recently. All of them have unknown histories of veterinary care. It’s likely that Justin and Bowie have at least had dental work at some point in their past, but it’s quite possible that Orion has never had his teeth examined by a vet until recently when he had surgery to remove the fractured teeth. All three geldings had very sharp points in their mouths and were overdue for…

Where in the world is Ben?

If you’ve come to visit Safe Harbor Stables, recently you may have noticed we are missing one very large chestnut boy who has been a long time resident of SAFE. So where is our handsome boy Ben? Well…After a brief adoption trial that did not work out, we decided that the best place for him to continue to grow and learn is with his wonderful friend Lisa. Lisa has been working with him for the last two years but due to a recent move to Gig…

Unfortunate News For Teddi

Teddi had a visit from the vet last week. She turned up lame on her left front leg, and we noticed a suspicious bony lump on her pastern that has been getting larger over the past few weeks. After a brief lameness exam, Dr. Fleck took some radiographs, and the diagnosis was very clear: Teddi has osteoarthritis in her left front pastern joint, commonly known as ringbone. Hers is a relatively advanced case. Since she is such a young horse, it’s…