SAFE News & Events

Freedom at last!

Yesterday was another big day for Anakin! Following his eye doctor appointment and a sponge bath, he got to go out into his run for the first time ever! His exercise has been strictly controlled in order to keep him from burning too many calories, but the racehorse in Anakin has been itching to get out. Dr Mollat gave us the go-ahead today to let him outside during the day, provided he stays relatively calm. Expressions of joy are permitted and...

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An Appointment with the Opthomologist

While Anakin’s weight has steadily been improving since his rescue in early December, his left eye has become more and more cloudy. The pressure in the eye has been monitored by his veterinarians, and it was recommended that we have him examined by an equine eye specialist. Yesterday’s appointment confirmed what we had feared: it’s glaucoma. It’s hard to know what caused it: it could be the result of trauma, it could be...

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Seattle Times: After donations, sick horse Anakin making steps towards recovery

After donations, sick horse Anakin making steps towards recovery Originally published February 2, 2016 By Jessica Lee, Seattle Times staff reporter Click here to view story on Seattle Times website The story of Thoroughbred Anakin, found neglected in Western Washington in December, spread across the country last month, striking a chord with horse lovers who now can take credit for his recovery. The 20-year-old gelding was found several hundred...

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KOMO-4: Anakin’s remarkable progress: ‘He’s really come a long way’

Anakin’s remarkable progress: ‘He’s really come a long way’ BY STEVE MCCARRON Aired MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST 2016 Click here to view the news story on the KOMO-4 website! WOODINVILLE, Wash. — A local horse that was near the brink of death in mid-December is making remarkable progress. 20-year-old Anakin was incredibly weak and thin when he was rescued from a small farm in Lewis County late last year. His hips and all...

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Home from the Hospital!

We welcomed Anakin to Safe Harbor Stables on Wednesday, a long awaited homecoming for everyone at SAFE. After four weeks at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital, Anakin was released from their excellent care into ours. Finally strong enough to stand up without the aid of the hoist and sling, Anakin bid farewell to all his friends at Pilchuck and stepped into the trailer for the short journey home to SAFE. Anakin left the hospital weighing nearly 90...

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Professor Anakin Gives Back

We are preparing for Anakin’s release from the hospital on Wednesday, getting his feed delivered, getting his stall ready, and preparing for transport. In the meantime, we were delighted to find out that Anakin is already giving back to the horse community! We received the following email and photos from 4-H Equine Leader Amy Wuerch: I am writing to share that our new equine 4-H club, 4-Happy Hooves, had a wonderful educational...

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Anakin Update: Jan 13 2016

Anakin has now been at Pilchuck for three weeks. We continue to see improvements in his condition. He’s steadily gaining about a pound a day, topping the scales at about 865 lbs now. (For reference, a horse his size should weigh between 1100 and 1200 lbs.) His calorie count is slowly being increased, and this week, he’s being started on Purina Equine Senior Active, a low carb, high fat supplement that’s being added to the 12...

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Seattle Times: Celebrated horse, found neglected and starving, faces uphill course to health

Celebrated horse, found neglected and starving, faces uphill course to health By Jessica Lee Published January 8, 2016 at 8:24 pm Link to story on the Seattle Times website With a starved frame, Anakin lacks strength to stand on his own. The 20-year-old Thoroughbred was found neglected in Western Washington early last month following a celebrated career in research years ago. But now, several hundred pounds underweight, the former star is on an...

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Anakin Update – Jan 5, 2016

Anakin continues to make progress in many important ways. He’s slowly gaining weight–topping the scales at 856 lbs at yesterday’s weigh in — and his appetite remains hearty. He’s drinking plenty of water, passing manure, and his protein levels seem to have stabilized. He did appear to have a mild episode of colic over the holiday weekend, but after a dose of banamine, he seemed fine again. He’s getting...

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Anakin Update 12-28-2015

We had a little unwanted excitement just before Christmas. Up until Dec 23rd, Anakin had not tried laying down in his stall at Cedarbrook. He’d just graduated to free choice hay (as opposed to the small frequent meals he’d been getting up to that point) and he’d stopped trying to eat his bedding, so his stall was once again filled with fluffy shavings. It must have looked very inviting because he laid down for a nap…but...

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Anakin Update

Our boy continues to fight the good fight at Cedarbrook Vet Hospital where he is being cared for round-the-clock. His feed has been increased so that he now has soaked hay in front of him nearly 24 hours a day, which makes him VERY happy! He does have some swelling in his legs and abdomen that has us a bit worried…blood tests done last week show a decrease in his protein levels since his arrival…which could mean that he’s not...

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Horse Collaborative: Anakin and the Anatomy of a Horse Rescue

Anakin and the Anatomy of a Horse Rescue From the racetrack, to the research lab, to death’s doorstep by Bonnie Hammond Published Dec 16, 2015 Link to the story online at HorseCollaborative.com Link to the story on Horse Collaborative’s Facebook Page For us, Anakin’s story began early Monday morning with an email asking for our help. It was from a woman in Winlock, Washington who wanted to know if SAFE had room to take in an...

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KOMO-4: Snohomish horse near brink of death is now on road to recovery

Snohomish horse near brink of death is now on road to recovery By KOMO News Staff Aired on Dec 12, 2015 Click this link to view the video on the KOMO Website SNOHOMISH, Wash. — A local horse that’s near the brink of death is now on the long road to recovery in Snohomish. It’s pretty tough to look at Anakin, a 20-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. He’s painfully thin. His hips and all of his ribs are exposed. No horse should...

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Anakin’s Amazing Story

For us, Anakin’s story began early Monday morning, with an email asking for our help. It was from a woman in Winlock WA who wanted to know if SAFE had room to take in an emaciated Thoroughbred gelding. He had been rescued a few days earlier by her young boarder, and it had become clear to her that he was going to need much more than either of them would be able to provide or afford. While SAFE’s intake team was discussing how best to help, a...

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