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June Volunteer of the Month: Andrea Leger!

June Volunteer of the Month: Andrea Leger!

Congratulations to our June Volunteer of the Month, Andrea Leger! Andrea has volunteered on both the Wednesday and Thursday PM shift for over a year and a half and also helps with grain baggies and Barn Assisting on Wednesday PM. She is always willing to jump in with help and we are extremely lucky she How and when did you first get involved with horses?   I took many years of riding lessons as…

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Ezra Gone Too Soon

Ezra Gone Too Soon

I am very, very sorry to have to tell you that we lost Ezra last Saturday. All seemed fine earlier when the breakfast mule came around, but about 30–40 minutes later, he was rolling on the ground, in major distress. A volunteer alerted our Barn Staff, Trudy, who called Lily who called me, and the moment I laid eyes on him, I knew we were dealing with an extremely severe colic. Ezra had already…

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Blazing New Trails

Blazing New Trails

One of our Volunteer Riders had this to say about Veronica: You could say Ms. Veronica is “Walking on Sunshine” as a whole new world has opened up to her beyond the main gate of SAFE Harbor Stables. Just a few weeks ago Veronica and I prepared to make a trek to the great unknown. Well really it is just the trails the connect from SAFE to Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park, but it sounds more…

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Alumni Update: Khianna (AKA Kiki)

Alumni Update: Khianna (AKA Kiki)

Khianna (AKA Kiki) has been spending her time hanging with her horse friends and new companions, miniature goats!  They are quite amused by the goats bouncing off the barn walls! Kiki’s adopter, Stanalee, reports that Kiki has had a lot of sarcoids (non-cancerous tumors) and had to have one removed from her leg and is doing well.  Stanalee spends a lot of time brushing her and just sitting out…

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A Great Horse is Gone

A Great Horse is Gone

It’s with a lot of sadness that we share that one of the great SAFE horses is gone. Earlier this week, after a severe colic, Bucky B Lucky was humanely euthanized. To his wonderful adopter Ruth, our deepest sympathy to you, and our most sincere thanks for the life that you gave him. Lorenzo has left us all far too soon, and we are so sorry for everyone’s loss. But especially yours, dear Ruth.…

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Frosting: Duckling Turned Swan

Frosting: Duckling Turned Swan

Take a look at our little “ugly duckling’s” transformation into a swan this spring! What a difference good food and care has made! She is turning into a gorgeous young mare — it’s almost hard to believe she’s the same horse as she was when she arrived! 

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Working with Cramer

Working with Cramer

Lexee N, who has been spending time working with Cramer, had the following to say about her time with him: Cramer is such a Handsome Man & is Making Progress!  How can you not fall in love with that face? Cramer is a very sweet gentle giant and working with him has been an extreme pleasure. I don’t often work with a sensitive horse like Cramer and I will not lie, it’s a big change for…

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Welcome Ezra and Sparky!

Welcome Ezra and Sparky!

Two new equines arrived at SAFE last week, both from Animal Control seizures. Welcome Ezra and Sparky! Ezra is a very handsome grey 20 year old Arabian gelding. He can be haltered and led but has never been ridden. Ezra is a sweet guy who enjoys the finer things in life…like his haystack/senior mashes and getting those good scratches (beneath his mane is real sweet spot!). He basically has no…

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Rest In Peace: SAFE Alum Banner

Rest In Peace: SAFE Alum Banner

It is with sad hearts that we report the passing of SAFE Alumni, Banner. Banner was a 24-year-old gelding who came to SAFE with another sweet boy, Buddy, who passed in September 2020, with Banner by his side.  On April 30th, his loving and caring adopter Casey, found Banner in extreme pain and was able to have her veterinarian out to Banner right away. Despite a dose of Banamine, his heart rate…

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Artie and Ruckus Return

Artie and Ruckus Return

Due to sudden life changes, Artie and Ruckus’ owner needed SAFE’s assistance in rehoming them. We commit a lifetime of safety to each and every horse who passes through our care and we picked them up this week. Artie had many fans before leaving SAFE last summer, so many of the volunteers will be happy to see him peeking out his former shelter window, where he enjoyed flipping his hay bag out to…

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Rest in Peace: SAFE Alumni Farley

Rest in Peace: SAFE Alumni Farley

The SAFE family is saddened to report that SAFE alumni Farley, passed away yesterday.  He had been struggling to get to his feet after napping in the sunshine and when assisted, wasn’t able to stand. Dr. Schroeder from Northwest Equine was able to come out and with his buddy and SAFE Alumni Pyrrha (Zelda), by his side, Farley was able to pass peacefully.  Zelda said her goodbyes and seems to be…

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Three’s Company Forever

Three’s Company Forever

Teddi, Minnie and Coco are adopted together! When the volunteers and staff heard the murmurings of a possibility that Auntie Teddi and her two littles might get adopted together, smiles and glee spread through the barn. The three friends have been adopted together to their new home in Kitsap County where they get to enjoy the good life in each other’s company. Their new family simply adores…

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Alumni Update: Razin (Now Logan)

Alumni Update: Razin (Now Logan)

Razin, now Logan, recently had a dental check-up which revealed that he is actually younger than we thought! Wouldn’t we all want that kind of news?! It was determined that he appears to be closer to 2 years old than 5.  He has been doing regular ground work with his adopter Heather, which he really enjoys. But, in his free time, enjoys granola bars, iced oatmeal cookies and greeting his peeps…

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GiveBIG is May 3–4th!

GiveBIG is May 3–4th!

Today kicks off GiveBIG!! This year, SAFE invites you to help your favorite Western Washington horse rescue raise needed funds to help unforgettable horses. Donate here. Our theme for GiveBIG 2022 is “Let’s Not Forget.” Horses don’t end up at rescues because they’re bad or broken…they end up here because they’ve been forgotten. Once upon a time, these horses were someone’s partner…someone’s…

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May Volunteer of the Month: Caitlin Soden

May Volunteer of the Month: Caitlin Soden

Congratulations to our May Volunteer of the Month, Caitlin! Caitlin works a full time job and still manages to muster up the energy to spend her weekends volunteering. She even shows up early to help with feeding! The Sunday PM team is very lucky to have her at the helm. How and when did you first get involved with horses? Before I started volunteering at SAFE in 2019, I had SEEN one horse in my…

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Esme Loves to be Groomed

Esme Loves to be Groomed

One of our horsemanship volunteers, Sue, had this to say about Esme. “Esme has come a long way from the wary mare who was hard to catch, and careful who came close. She spent some time in the rehab paddock next to Pepper, and was always very curious when I groomed Pepper. What is happening over there?  Should it be happening to me? After a few days she would actively go to the fence line to…

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Otto’s Origins

Otto’s Origins

Otto arrived at SAFE the very definition of a ragamuffin, with a scruffy, mud-caked winter coat draped atop his thin frame. We looked forward to seeing what health would do for Otto.  It brought out his personality, for starters. Even when on the mend from his tooth extraction, Otto remained a rambunctious and playful gelding. It also revealed some mysteries about his past. During a vet visit,…

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Alumni Update: Atticus

Alumni Update: Atticus

Atticus’s adopter Bernice says that he is doing very well at the age of 32.  Despite his age and mild arthritis in his hind, he still acts like a young 22-year-old.  He is currently shedding out as seen on his face, getting ready for some summer fun!

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Trail Horse Nyx

Trail Horse Nyx

Nyx’s had his first trail ride with volunteer rider Lexee N! Here’s what she had to say about their experience: On this Sunny Thursday (4/7/22) Nyx and 4 other SAFE horses went on a trail ride/walk. Nyx has gone on a couple of trail walks before but today was his first time with a rider and he did so well! He was mellow yet alert. Every time the path had an opening he would always turn his head…

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Working With Domino

Working With Domino

Sara H, who has spent some time with Domino recently, had the following to say about their time together: I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Domino for three days during the last Joel Conner Clinic in November 2021. It was clear this distinguished gentleman has a few habits, particularly being heavy on the front end while backing up and wanting to cuddle up close with his handler. With…

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Darla Gets to Work

Darla Gets to Work

Kaya has the following to say about her time spent recently with Darla: After struggling with her hoof injury for the last several months, Darla is sound and ready to get back to work! It seems she has used the time off to think about what she was working on before the injury. She’s less touchy about her hind end than when we first got her and quicker to relax and let down.  Darla’s past has…

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Veronica Melts Candi

Veronica Melts Candi

A sweet note and reminder how special horses are in our lives. Candi recently had this to say about her relationship with Veronica: “It has been two weeks since I have been able to be with Veronica. Today she ran to me when she saw me at the gate of her turn out. Being with her made all of the crazy, chaotic, emotional days of the past two weeks drift away.”

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Tilt and Valentine Looking for a New Home

Tilt and Valentine Looking for a New Home

Tilt and Valentine are looking for a new home in a hurry! They are SAFE alumni and their adopter regretfully must rehome them, hopefully together. Please share if you know someone looking for two very sweet pasture pals! Tilt is a bay 5‑year-old 14hh Yakima Reservation mare from the Fall City 40 herd that SAFE took in January of 2020. Tilt’s special for lots of reasons, but the reason for her…

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Update: Daisy at Foster

Update: Daisy at Foster

From Daisy’s loving foster mom Shellie:  “Daisy is doing wonderfully! She had a hoof trim on April 1, which went very well, not sore afterward, no boots needed! She’s shedding like a mad-woman with a beautiful caramel coat now starting to peak out on her shoulders. Working on leading her and Laurence together inside the paddocks to prepare for getting them out to the pastures (what a couple of…

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Welcome, Bliss!

Welcome, Bliss!

Introducing SAFE’s newest addition: Bliss!  Bliss came to us from Port Orchard after a member of her owner’s family dispersed a group of 20 horses from his property in Sequim. There was a question as to whether or not Bliss was pregnant (she is not), and though he’d had horses in the past, her owner was not feeling capable of being able to take adequate care of her. She is a truly lovely mare,…

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Milestones for Jacob

Milestones for Jacob

People may not realize all the little things our horses need to learn before they can be considered ready for adoption. Some come in with little to no domestic life skills while others have troubles due to frustration and misunderstanding that humans created. These are things that the general horse owner may take for granted. These are simple things horses need to be willing to do for just day…

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Darla, ex-Unicorn

Darla, ex-Unicorn

Oh Darla! Our little accident prone darling. When making a round after their morning chore shift, two of our eagle-eyed volunteers spotted Darla’s pretty white head with an alarming stroke of red on it. Upon further inspection, it was revealed that miss Darla had opened up a little gash on her forehead – not tremendously large, around 3 inches, but deep enough that a call to our vet was…

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Cramer’s Progress

Cramer’s Progress

Cramer’s trouble is that he was improperly halter started in the past or never was taught to come with the handler. He was likely pulled on in an attempt to lead. Evidence of this is in his confusion and “stuck feet” especially when outside energy is raised. You can manage fairly well around him when it is all his idea, but when we add any element that he is unsure about, his initial reaction is…

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Mouthy Man Cam

Mouthy Man Cam

Careful observation is always a good thing! A few folks grooming and walking Cameron have noticed him doing some funny things with his face. He would push his lips at the gate with his blanket on it and even at their hand when they were near his face. He would also lay all his head weight in their hands. Being the careful observers that they are, this was reported to the staff for further…

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