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SAFE Alumni Update: Lucy

SAFE Alumni Update: Lucy

from Diane: Thought you might like to see a recent photo of my little cutie Lucy while we wait for the virus to ease when you can see her in person.She is such a spunky and loving little lady! Thanks for the work you do! Diane and Lucy

SAFE Alumni Update: Tilly (now Emma)

SAFE Alumni Update: Tilly (now Emma)

Here’s an update on Tilly, who is now known as Emma! The family that adopted Emma planned to let her retire at their home when their daughter Anna went to college. Anna had only been at the University of Idaho for one month when she found a barn to work at in Pullman. She was able to bring Emmy over to that barn. She uses her to teach riding lessons to hunt seat/equitation kids. They tell us,…

The SAFE Benefit Horse Show is Cancelled for 2020

The SAFE Benefit Horse Show is Cancelled for 2020

Unfortunately, we’ve decided to cancel the SAFE Benefit Horse Show for 2020. The SAFE Show requires months of planning and preparation, and with the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we don’t know what guidelines will be in place regarding public gatherings by the end of August. Right now, Kittitas County is in Phase 3 of the Safe Start Washington Phased Reopening plan, which restricts outdoor…

Joel Conner Clinic Report: George!

Joel Conner Clinic Report: George!

It isn’t often that we get young, unstarted horses at SAFE, but we have four fillies and colts coming two or three within the next year. With the support of Joel Conner, SAFE has a solid, progressive plan to ensure the successful start of our youngsters. George’s journey toward becoming a riding partner began in June with the first saddling. To prepare for the saddle, I got George into the round…

A Gift from Wind

A Gift from Wind

We have some sad news to share with you. We lost our dear friend Wind unexpectedly last week. She was found deceased in her pasture at her foster home. We can’t know what happened, but we do know a few things. First off, there does not appear to have been a struggle. There was no sign of thrashing or any injuries. It looks like she passed peacefully. We also know that she appeared happy and…

Joel Conner Clinic Report: Remy

Joel Conner Clinic Report: Remy

Clinic report from Phoebe T: Remy is such a nice mover! He is smart as a whip, and very responsive to a good feel. He needs more work to become comfortable having the rope thrown around his feet and having the flag over his back. He requires a confident leader whom he can respect, but I think he would scale mountains for the right human. I really like this athletic thoroughbred!

Joel Conner Clinic Report: Alder

Joel Conner Clinic Report: Alder

Clinic report from Kaya M: Alder, yet again, was an all-star in the clinic! Joel started out the weekend riding him as he had some time off right after training due to sickness. By the end of the weekend, five different people had ridden him, being flagged around the round pen. Alder is the greenest horse I’ve ever ridden at SAFE, so I had a lot to learn about how to help him figure things out.…

Joel Conner Clinic Report: Beauty

Joel Conner Clinic Report: Beauty

Clinic report from Jane M: I had the distinct pleasure of working with Beauty, a 20+ year old Arabian mare, in the Joel Connor Clinic this past week. I spent five days in a row doing groundwork for an hour under Joel’s supervision. It’s impossible to know what abuse this sweet mare endured before she came to SAFE, but her extreme reaction (head thrown up, ears pinned, eyes wild, teeth often…

Joel Conner Clinic Report: Anderson

Joel Conner Clinic Report: Anderson

Clinic report from Kaya M: Even though this was my fourth clinic riding Anderson, I think we made more positive changes together than the past three combined! I had a huge learning moment myself that gave me more confidence and control and gave Anderson a better expression: fully releasing in the canter. It sounds simple and obvious, but I didn’t even realize before that I wasn’t doing this.…

Joel Conner Clinic Update: Stella

Joel Conner Clinic Update: Stella

Written by SAFE volunteer Sue C: I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with Stella for 4 days at the recent Joel Conner clinic. Stella has been well trained by Casey, which helped so much since I was the one learning the mechanics of how to ask for moving forward on a circle, hind quarters and front quarters. After some directional fits and starts on my part the first day, we had some…