SAFE News & Events

Lucky at the SAFE Benefit Horse Show!

Lucky came to the SAFE Horse Show with Helga Roberts and the team from Dutch Mills Farm. Upon his arrival, he found the show environment to be somewhat electrifying, but after about an hour of handwalking to give him the opportunity to look at all the activity, he calmed down enough for Helga to ride him. He did two dressage tests — one in the Indoor arena in front of judge Paige Ruehl, the other in the outdoor court in front of judge...

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Lucky Training Update

Lucky continues to do well in his work with Helga Roberts at Dutch Mills Farm. Recently she had this to say about his behavior and his attitude: “Lucky has been at my barn since the beginning of June and has not shown ANY bad barn behavior. He gets turned out every day, from 7am until about 3pm, he is super friendly with the other horses, respects the hot wire and has been nothing but a good boy to lead from the barn to pastures and back....

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Lucky training update

Bucky B Lucky was moved into foster care with Helga Roberts at Dutch Mills Farm to continue his dressage training. We just got this wonderful update from Helga and we’re really pleased that he’s doing so well for her! SAFE is so fortunate to have Helga working with our horses and we know that Lucky will benefit immensely from working with her. Lucky has been here now for just a little over 2 weeks, the first week he just got to hang...

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Lucky and Kat Go on a Trail Ride

Lucky and Kat enjoyed a trail ride today at the Redmond Watershed. Lucky might not have been out on the trails before, but he handled the 2 hour ride like a pro. Brittney shot this video while riding him on a completely loose rein. Lucky and Kat crossed at least 6 different bridges and took turns leading the way. Lucky was a good boy who did not balk at one bridge, but did look at a few fallen logs with a skeptical eye, but Brittney had him on...

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Assessing Bucky B Lucky

Bucky B Lucky was returned to SAFE nearly two months ago. His previous adopter had many ups and downs with him, but in the end, returned him to us citing behavioral problems including rearing under saddle and striking on the ground. From the information we were able to gather about his time as an adopted horse, it seemed that for the most part, he was well behaved while in steady training and work, and problematic when allowed too much free...

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Checking in on Bucky B Lucky

Stopped by SAFE Harbor this afternoon to visit Bucky B Lucky, who is looking as handsome as ever. He’s tough to photograph because he just wants come up and say hello! I got the best photos from outside the fence! After his photo session, he got to enjoy a little bit of hand grazing on the new grass growing just outside his paddock fence. A nice visit! Hello Lucky!! Handsome, Pt 1 Handsome Pt 2 Handsome Pt 3 The window to the soul Why...

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Lucky Update

Lucky and Brittney, enjoying the sunshine today at Safe Harbor. Brittney reports Lucky has been super so far and is several rides into his rehab. Lucky will receive 30-60 days of one-on-one time with Brittney before we make him available for adoption. So far, with consistent, no-nonsense, handling by an experienced handler Lucky is right on track to be available for adoption again soon.

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The return of Bucky B Lucky

We have an old friend back in the herd…Bucky B Lucky has been returned to SAFE. He will be undergoing some remedial training and vet care before he will be once again offered for adoption as a SAFE horse. It is our intention — and our fondest hope — that when a SAFE horse is adopted, it has a home for life. That is why we put so much care and effort into our adoption process, and why we work so hard to ensure the best possible match for...

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Do you remember Bucky B Lucky?

Here’s a great update and some photos of SAFE Alumni Bucky B Lucky: Lucky is doing wonderfully! He is currently in moderate work developing his skills in Dressage, and remains sound and happy. He loves his barn, and his barn buddies. We are working with Heather Roe for his training, and it seems to be a great match for both of us. Lucky is the sweetest guy, loves his massages and is willing to try anything. I am so happy with him and have...

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Bucky B Lucky

breed: Thoroughbred color: dark bay, no markings age: 6 (born March 21, 2005) sex: gelding height: 16.2 hh Lucky is track broke and would be suitable for someone with intermediate riding skills. Bucky B Lucky is an off the track Thoroughbred who raced from age 2 to 4. He is super sweet with a puppy-dog personality. Quiet and willing with a good mind, suitable for intermediate rider.  Had surgery in April of 2011 to remove bone chips in his left...

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Lucky update – 8/20/11

It’s been a while since we posted an update on Bucky B Lucky – mostly because there hasn’t been much to tell!  Lucky had his surgery at Pilchuck on April 18th to remove the bone chips in his left front fetlock.  The surgery was successful and while he still has some arthritis and bony remodeling in the fetlock area, he is sound and will be able to perform in dressage or pleasure/flatwork at all three gaits.  He spent 3 months...

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Lucky update

Lucky is doing fabulous! He has graduated to turnout in the round pen which he is quite happy about.  He tolerates stall rest very well, but he’s a young, active horse with a lot of energy, so actually getting some time to stretch his legs makes him much more sensible.  He will be ready to come back to our main facility in another week or two.

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Lucky – post-surgery update

Lucky made it through his surgery with flying colors.  Dr. Bryant said he removed some HUGE chips and Lucky should be feeling much better without them.  The day after the surgery he was moved to NWESC to start his rehabilitation, which begins with stall rest and daily bandaging.  So far, Lucky is handling his stall rest like a pro, and is calm and quiet and his normal sweet self.  The wound is healing well and is kept wrapped.

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Bucky B Lucky update – April 17

We had an emergency call with Dr. Hannah last week when Corona managed to crib a board  so much that it broke, and then somehow Lucky managed to gouge himself on the pointed end of the board. He’s fine, but wasn’t too happy about it being touched for a few days to be cleaned. By the weekend he was fine and it was healing nicely, and Victoria even managed one more ride on him before he goes off to Pilchuck tomorrow for his surgery,...

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SAFE Journal – Feb 20, 2011

Today was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, the air was crisp and clean, and horses were enjoying the weather as well.  Today, Lexi went off on her next adventure in life!  We were sad to say goodbye, but so happy to see her finally find her forever home.  Cindy is SO happy to bring Lexi home! Our volunteer Victoria, who last weekend had her first lesson on Lucky, which was, shall we say, a little harrowing (Lucky was having a TB moment),...

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Lucky Update – Feb 17, 2011

Today, Dr. Bryant from Pilchuck Hospital came out and took follow-up xrays on Lucky’s injury to his left front fetlock.  When he took xrays last May, he was less concerned about the bone chips (he has several, but all could be easily removed) than he was about the fact that Lucky appeared to have had a fracture to the cannon bone that was still healing and there was significant remodeling going on in that area.  He cautioned that even if...

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