SAFE News & Events

Ben: SAFE Show August 2017

Ben had an amazing showing at this years SAFE show. Everyday he was more and more relaxed. Lisa has been working hard gaining his trust and supporting him through his anxieties to feel calm and relaxed. He did a great job in the trail course and looked right at home! He even came home with a few pretty ribbons!…

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SAFE Horses at the SAFE Show!

Here are just a few of the photos from Jessica Farren of the current SAFE horses that competed at the SAFE Benefit Horse Show. It was a fabulous weekend of competition, and we all had a marvelous time! Click to enlarge: Ben in Western Dressage Ben in Costume Ben in Trails Ben succeeds at Halter Cameo in Dressage Stunning Cameo Tasara ribbons in Halter Tasara in Trails Stevie warms up for Western Ben and Stevie have a…

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Ben: Training Update

Here is a wonderful training update from Lisa, Ben’s volunteer rider: Ben continues to amaze! When I broke my wrist in December and was forced to take a 3‐month hiatus from his training, volunteer rider Jolene took over, continuing his groundwork, re‐introducing lunging, and teaching him to stretch while in movement, which helps him connect comfort and relaxation to movement and work, instead of… well, just plain ol’ work! I came back mid‐march…

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Joel Conner Clinic Report: Ben

SAFE’s volunteer riders and their horses spent last weekend working with Joel Conner. Here’s a report from Melinda SAFE’s Herd Health Manager about her session with Ben: I had the pleasure of working with Ben for both groundwork sessions of the Joel Conner clinic over the weekend. He was a rock star! Lisa has done an incredible job in building his confidence and getting him to relax and focus. I wasn’t sure at first about how he would…

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Ben at the Joel Conner Clinic, September 9–11, 2016

(as reported by his regular rider, Lisa Garr) In September, Ben and I once again worked under the tutelage of Joel Conner at a SAFE‐hosted clinic. This weekend showed a completely new horse in our big ol’ redheaded fellow. Now able to handle pressure from the bit without panicking, we worked on soft feel, isolating front‐quarters and hindquarters, and transitioning down off of two reins (although, always, continuing to use the seat to ask for…

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Hi Ho Stevie!

Stevie and Ben have a whale of a time together in turnout. Geldings love to pretend that they are fierce stallions battling it out on the wild plains. Well, Stevie does, anyway. From Ben’s expression, he might be wishing he was back with Oscar, who was a bit less rambunctious than Stevie is! Thanks to SAFE volunteer Caren M — who also sponsors Stevie with a monthly donation — for catching this action photo.

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NEW Photos: Ben at SAFE Show 2016

Handsom Ben! “What’s so funny Lisa?” “Did I win that? Can I eat it?” “You want my my foot where?” “Easy!” Funny face boy! Doing great through the obstacles! “This is a little jump!” “Can I eat it?” “That was EASY!” Getting to know the judge before the In‐Hand Dressage test Sophie/Laura & Ben/Lisa Sophie and Ben with Laura, Casey and Lisa Lisa and Ben “Lisa! I’m the show pony! NOT you! HA!” Ben and his Mini Me‐Sunny…

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SAFE Benefit Horse Show, July 30–31, 2016

(as reported by his regular rider, Lisa Garr) On July 27, 3 days before our annual SAFE Benefit Horse Show, I decided to go for it and ask if our biggest redhead could go along – even if just to BE at the show, competing or not. Ben was reported to have a lot of anxiety in a show environment the previous summer, even when not participating, to an almost‐dangerous degree. But he had come SO FAR in the 10 months we had been working together in…

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Not impressed.

Jewel, who helped out as an anatomy model at yesterday’s Equine Health Fair & Open House, is not impressed by Ben’s posturing.

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Ben at the Joel Conner Clinic, April 16–17, 2016

(as reported by Ben’s regular rider, Lisa Garr) In December of 2015, Ben and I participated in a clinic at SAFE with trainer Joel Conner and I was just hoping he would stay calm enough to participate safely. Well, he blew me away then with his focus, willingness, and trust, and in April we once again joined Joel for a clinic… and Ben was a STAR! Since December we had been focusing on moving up and down through transitions calmly off of the…

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Wrap up from Joel Conner Clinic Dec. 12–13, 2015

We had a great time hosting Joel again at Safe Harbor. The horses and volunteers had an amazing weekend and everyone progressed in their feel and training. Here are a few accounts from the volunteer participants about what they learned about the horses they were working with during the clinic: Jolene D:Khianna- At the time of the clinic Khianna had a total of 4 or 5 rides on her since her return from foster. She was nervous, but did so well!…

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Ben and Lisa Take a Lesson with Michael Sparling

Here is a lovely write up from Lisa G who is training Ben at Safe Harbor. He is gaining a lot of confidence from her steady and caring approach. I worked with Ben in a lesson with Michael Sparling the other night, and have a lot of things, big and small, to work on over the next couple of weeks. First and foremost is something that we have been focusing on, but need to up the game on a little, and that is building strength,…

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Our Resident Comedian Ben

Some pictures are worth a thousand words, and some, like these, a whole bucket of laughs.  Ben is a big goofball with as many expressions as that of a great stand‐up comedian.  We love hanging out with this big guy as his antics always put a smile on everyone’s face. Jolene, a volunteer rider, enjoys working with Ben and understands his personality well.  Jessica, another volunteer, snapped some very entertaining photos of Ben…

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Ben <span class=“amp”>&</span> Oscar — An Unexpected Friendship

A few weeks ago, we had a wonderful group from Microsoft come to SAFE for a Day of Caring. All the horses had to be out of the barns since the group was pressure washing and replacing gravel and mats in the stalls. So we were a little short of places to put all the horses while the work was going on. I decided to see if Ben and Oscar might be able to co‐habitate in the arena together for the day. To my surprise and relief, they became fast…

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Ben: Follow up Bodywork

Dr. Christin Finn came to see Ben on Friday for his third bodywork session. Each time, the work has made changes to how he moves and even the shape of his back. This time it was clear that we needed to push through some very tight back and pelvic muscles. While the adjustments and acupuncture in the past sessions had helped loosen a lot of this area up, Dr. Finn suggested we speed the process up by using a laser on these tight areas. You never…

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Handsome Ben!

Volunteer Jessica Farren was out to the stables last week and took some beautiful photos of Ben and volunteer Ann working in the arena. We also had a few others with Ben and Terry in the arena a few weeks ago. He is truly a stunning boy and his looking healthy and content with his new life. Getting excited to see where this boys journey takes him. He is going to be a very special horse for someone who understands him. Handsome Boy Ann with Ben…

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