SAFE News & Events

Volunteer Update on Sapphire

SAFE Harbor volunteer Heather E has been interacting with Sapphire since her arrival at SAFE, and they’ve developed an interesting relationship. We asked Heather to share her experience with this lovely but troubled horse: Sapphire is one of the most welcoming horses at SHS. She will pop her head out of her window and nicker a warm “Hello” every morning. I like to think it’s because she’s happy to see us but it might be more about the hay...

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Dances with Horses — a Visit from Trainer Laura Nurss

Thank you to Eve Tai for this writeup and for the attached videos! A few weeks ago, SAFE hosted Laura Nurss, a horsemanship and liberty work teacher at Horse Haven at Bear Creek. We asked Laura to come to SAFE Harbor to work with Dottie, Sapphire, and Lola to help them feel more settled in their bodies and with the SAFE human community. As much as we love and care for our SAFE horses, it can be tough to forge a bond with them. Liberty work...

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Ups and Downs with Sapphire

Our pretty grey Arab Sapphire has been a challenge since the moment we met her, displaying unpredictable bouts of overreactive behavior that make her the sort of horse that you don’t want to turn your back on. From what little we know about her background and where she came from, she probably has fairly good reasons for being on her guard with humans, having suffered abusive treatment in the past. But now we need Sapphire to adapt to her...

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Seeing Triple?

SEEING TRIPLE? Nora, Sapphire, and new intake Sasha make a nice matching set in the field at SAFE Harbor. One more grey mare and we’ll have to change our name from SAFE to SAGE (Save a Grey Equine?)

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Meet the “new girl” Sapphire!

This lovely creature is Sapphire, a 9 year old Arabian mare who was rescued from a neglect/abuse situation. She came to us with lacerations around her hind legs from being tangled in rope, several feet of her tail burnt off, and some alarming behavior. She’s been sequestered at NWESC for the last seven weeks while Dr Hannah worked on her injuries and got her accustomed to being handled and now she is at SAFE Harbor, where we have finally...

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Updated photos of Sapphire and a video too!

Terry had this to report about Sapphire, who has been at SAFE Harbor for one week now: “She was a great girl today. Stood for grooming, all good except for back feet, we didn’t push it today. She haltered a few times and over all just took sometime letting her know I’m a friend. She is very sweet with lots of nickers when you go to her stall.” Here are some photos that Terry took of Sapphire today. As you see, she is...

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Sapphire Intake Information

Sapphire was living in a situation of neglect on a local reservation. Animal Control officers in King County had been monitoring the mare’s condition for a period of time, but when tribal police found her running loose down a road, SAFE was called in to negotiate a surrender with the horse’s owner. Sapphire was signed over to SAFE, and taken immediately to NWESC for treatment of several wounds she had sustained, most notably a series of...

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