SAFE News & Events

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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New horizons for Misty

Misty has spent more than a year in foster care with Lisa T, a terrific rider and trainer who has donated countless hours working with this mare and continuing her training in a forward and positive direction. During their time together, Lisa and Misty did arena work, trail rides, and even competed at training level dressage at schooling shows. Misty has now moved on to the barn of dressage trainer Kellie Larsen, but Lisa continues to work with...

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February Volunteer of the Month: Lisa Tuininga

One of the many ways to volunteer with SAFE is to become a Foster for a SAFE Horse. Our network of foster homes is what allows us to help more horses than we can house at our main facility. When we happen to come across a foster who is also willing and capable to further the training of one of our riding horses, it is cause for celebration. Such is the case of the February Volunteer of the Month…Lisa Tuininga. Lisa came to us with an offer to...

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Misty at a ‘big girl barn’

An update on Misty from Lisa: Misty enjoyed a trail outing on New Years day, to our usual spot at Rattlesnake Lake/Snoqualmie valley trail. She was very well behaved on the trails, and didn’t balk once! Even though we arrived and parked among other horse trailers and horses (it was busy that day) she stood quietly for tacking up and tolerated the activity quite well. We ended our trail ride with a surprise for Misty – a new barn for...

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Black Mare Friday!

Misty celebrated Black Friday with a trail ride! Here’s an update from Lisa: My friend Victoria invited me to go on a spontaneous ride on Friday. When she pulled up, Misty got very excited and pushy. This has become a bit of a pattern and ironically Cindy Akdeniz, the trainer I have been taking some lessons with, showed up at the same time to give my neighbor a lesson, so I took advantage of some of her pointers to use on a quick ground...

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Misty at the Donida Dressage Schooling Show!

As we mentioned a few days ago, Misty went to her third horse show and second dressage show on November 9th at Donida Farms. Here are her results along with some of the judge’s comments on each test: Intro C – 5th place with 64.75% “Fun horse. Correctly ridden. Continue to develop balance in and out of canter” Training 1 – 5th place with 60.208% “Very capable pair. Work to get horse to relax over back. Slow...

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Misty Update from Lisa

We’re on a roll lately. Misty has been absolutely wonderful to ride and handle. Though she can still be a fruitcake on the lunge line (as Kyle witnessed when she came to shoot some video recently), she is really learning connection and trust with me – when she gets “amped up,” she comes back and settles quickly. We are regularly cantering under saddle now as we practice our tests, even in unstable footing, and she feels...

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Checking in with Misty!

Here is the latest and greatest from Lisa who is fostering and training Misty, and keeping our girl very busy it sounds like: We have had our challenges but overall Misty continues to progress. We had a nice trail ride on Tuesday, up to Rattlesnake Lake again. She only had one moment of spookiness where she tried to back up/go sideways back to where we came from but I felt that it was justified (there was a horse up the hill at someone’s...

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Misty is back to work!

Foster/Trainer update on Misty to share: Misty is just coming out of about three weeks off work due to a splint. She wasn’t lame, but we thought it best to rest her for a bit. (Unfortunately, we missed the show!) During her time off she was so sweet and personable, the perfect patient for the icing and DMSO. I also began bringing my daughters to the barn to spend more time with her and she seemed to really take to the extra attention! Now...

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Misty Update

Here’s a great update on Misty from her foster mom Lisa: Misty is doing just great. She continues to progress in her Dressage work, becoming more balanced, with a longer stride and more stretch over her topline. We had a lesson with Cindy Akdeniz last Friday and gained more knowledge and tools to keep this athletic and smart mare moving in the right direction. Her lateral work is coming along with some leg yield at walk and trot, and we...

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Misty update

Misty moved to a new foster home about a week ago. She’s occupying the spot that was held by Louie, who is now out on a trial to be adopted. Misty’s new foster mom is an accomplished rider and trainer who will be working Misty under saddle during her foster, just as she did very successfully with Louie! Here’s an update from Lisa about her impressions of the new girl: Misty has done a great job settling in to her new...

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Misty Training Update

Here’s an update on Misty from our trainer, Heather Roe: What can I say about Misty? This little mare is a super star! She has now been to two shows where she won her classes both times and has was steady and unflappable both times. Her training is progressing right on track and I am currently focusing on getting her more balanced in her canter. She has just been started on small lateral movements and she is figuring those out pretty...

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More Misty news, now with video!

From Misty’s foster: A few photos of Misty in case a potential adopter wants to see. One has her ribbons from the show on her back. 🙂 I also took a quick walk/trot/canter video each way this AM before bringing her back to SHS. It isn’t the best (my husband hobbled out about 1 minute after I got on her, so no warm up and thus some inconsistency in contact and no fancy trot), but at least potential adopters can see better how she goes...

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Misty at the SAFE Show

Our good friend Amy Hagstrom made us a very generous offer last month…she took Misty to her home and worked with her under saddle and in hand for a month in preparation for the SAFE Show. Amy’s hard work with this lovely young mare was showcased this past weekend as Misty got her chance to shine. Here’s a report on the weekend from Amy, and some photos of Amy and Misty in action. I had the honor of showing SAFE horse...

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Misty at the Hollywood Hills Saddle Club Dressage show

Misty and Aiden competed today at the dressage show at the Hollywood Hills Saddle Club. Misty is 4 years old and has only been under saddle for 5 months, but you wouldn’t know it from the way she handled this new experience. She was a superstar. We couldn’t be prouder of our girl!             Misty’s first test (Intro A, came in 2nd in the class) Misty’s second test (Intro B, won the class...

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Misty, now available for adoption!

Updated photos of Misty taken today! She is now at a healthy weight and ready to be put up for adoption! Misty has not been started under saddle, but she is ready to be trained and has the potential to go in any direction. Adoption fee:...

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Horses available through Pierce County Animal Control

Please bear with me, as this post will be long. Recently, SAFE was contacted by Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson to request assistance with several horses that have been seized or surrendered to their Animal Control agency that they have been unable to place into homes.  Over the past several years, PCAC has taken several steps to try to alleviate the “horse problem” in their county through several open summits.  They put out an...

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