SAFE News & Events

Another trail ride adventure for Skye, Skittles, and Lola

We took a big group to the Redmond Watershed today for a trail ride: Skittles, Skye, Lola and Debi’s horse Summer. It was good to go out on a busy trail day so we could see more people, bikes and other horses. All the horses did very well. Skittles was a great leader and happy to stay up front. She crossed bridges and if she was shy about something she took just a little encouragement to go forward and approach it. Lola was ridden by…

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August Training Notes

Phoenix: Going well under saddle with strengthening exercises in the walk including: shoulder fore, hauls, halt rein backs, and collected walk. He’s up to 7 minutes at the trot and continues to look sound. We’ve been working in some trot poles during the rides. Skittles: Skittles is doing well with riding. She will have good days but others she is stiff and unhappy to use her back if I don’t give her a long warm‐up Jewel: Doing well at…

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Lola at the SAFE Show

I am very pleased with Lola’s growth overall the last 7 months. I have had countless volunteers and others remark at what a different horse she is to handle and how nice she looks under saddle. She was a star at the SAFE Benefit Show. Honest and well‐behaved throughout the weekend…I couldn’t have dreamed of a better showing. Unfortunately, during turnout on Wednesday before the show, Lola was rolling in her paddock and…

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Lola at the Show!

  Terry and Lola, with vital assistance from Heather, went to the Hollywood Hills Schooling Show this past weekend. It was Lola’s first horse show outing since Terry has started working with her, and she was a great girl! The pair competed in Walk/Jog and Walk/Jog/Lope classes and placed 3rd in one of them. Terry reports, “She was very good and never try to break into the walk. She trotted off nice and easy every time I asked in the arena.…

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June Training Notes

Perhaps this is obvious, but we are just so proud of our horses! Every single one of them faced tremendous challenges in their lives before being rescued, and the courage and bravery they show us during their rehabilitation and retraining is nothing short of astonishing. The horses of SAFE have an incredible team of humans helping them on this journey, led by our trainer Terry Phelps and the volunteers who work by her side. This month’s…

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Lola videos and update

Here are three new videos showing Lola’s progress under saddle. We’re also super pleased to report that Terry has had a couple of her volunteer riders working with Lola, and she has been as good for them as she is for Terry! Clearly, Terry and her team have unlocked the secret to a happy and productive Lola…and as much as they are enjoying working with her, we’d still love to see her get adopted before her next birthday rolls around on June…

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Her Name is Lola…

We’ve been a little quiet on the subject of Lola, but that doesn’t mean that everybody’s favorite Sassaloosa hasn’t been hard at work behind the scenes. Lola’s actually doing really terrific right now and we want to get everyone up to speed with what’s been going on for her. Lola’s training came to a bit of a halt at the beginning of the year when we realized that we didn’t have a saddle that fit her very well anymore. So while searching for an…

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The Alpaca Gauntlet

Kat, Skittles, and Lola went out for a walk today to see the alpacas, who live right down the street from Safe Harbor Stables. We’re located pretty close to the Tolt Pipeline trail, but to get to the trail, you have pass by the alpaca gauntlet. Some of the horses find this slightly terrifying, but today’s outing was a complete success. So cute!

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April Training Notes: Lola

Lola has been making good progress this month, including some good independent trotting without the help of a ground person. I found that she loves to trot with Kat in the arena so I’ve been riding her during Kat’s rides so she gets some “help” when she starts getting stuck and not wanting to move forward. Lola started to look a little thin recently so we increased her hay just a little to see if that helps. She is very happy about…

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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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Lola’s Amazing Trail Riding Adventures

Turns out all the trail riding that Lola & Brittney have been doing lately was in preparation for a big adventure: a four‐day trip to Cle Elum in Eastern Washington! DAY ONE: We meet up at SAFE Harbor Stables to pick up Lola. Her guests on this adventure are gigantic warmblood Odin, ridden by Darby Stewart, and gigantic OTTB Chance, ridden by SAFE ED Bonnie Hammond. Most little five year old Araloosas would be intimated by a pair of tall,…

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Adventures in Trail Riding with Lola!

Lola got the opportunity to go out on not one but TWO trails rides this weekend! First she hit the trails at the Redmond Watershed with Brittney: Then she headed out to the watershed again on Saturday, but this time with Brittney’s husband Darby in the saddle. Darby is a volunteer rider for SAFE and is most often seen riding Sinatra in lessons with Brittney. This was Darby’s first ride on Lola. Lola predictably tested him at the mounting block,…

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Lola Photos — Dec 14, 2012

Paid a visit to Miss Lola on Friday. She was being treated for a sudden onset abscess (which has already blown out through her heel bulb), and was not the happiest of campers, but she posed for some photos anyway. Take a look at the white spots that have developed on her nose over the past year…those gray horses are never boring, I tell…

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The Mares from SAFE hit the trails!

Lola, Kat, and Shiloh got out today to enjoy the fall sunshine on a 2‐hour trail ride and had a great experience! We walked past alpacas, hacked along the neighborhood road to get to the pipeline trail where the 3 mares got to work their hind quarters walking up and down the hills past chickens, narrow trail openings, mud puddles and off leash dogs. Plus, they experienced bikes going alongside the rode, leaf blowers, and other horses.

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