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Barb Needs a Knowledgeable Partner

Barb Needs a Knowledgeable Partner

Barb has a very strong sense of justice, so if you fail to release her immediately when she does the right thing, or add pressure that’s not meaningful, she’ll resent your poor timing. When you time up correctly and have good consistency of your feel and movements, Barb feels supported and can be the softest mare with a ton of effort to do the correct thing. Barb is comfortable being roped off…

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Nyx is waiting to meet you!

Nyx is waiting to meet you!

Nyx is a 15-year-old big mustang boy standing at 16.0hh and he’s ready for an intermediate rider! He came to SAFE as a rescue in Washington, but he’s originally from Beatys Butte, Oregon HMA–a herd that is known to have traces of everything from Spanish mustang to draft-type breeds in their gene pools, the latter of which would explain Nyx’s stature and large, kind eye. No doubt about it, Nyx…

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Our Baby Rae

Our Baby Rae

Rae is doing very well this winter. She has been a good citizen with a few new members of her turnout herd. Rae keeps “her nose clean” in the herd and is never in the middle when things get energized. She is polite when meeting new horses and over all very easy to match up with others. In the field, as the other horses ran around getting to know the new members, Rae stood on a high spot in the…

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George: Happy to get back to Work!

George: Happy to get back to Work!

George is officially ready to get back to work. He has been enjoying returning to daily turnout and is beginning saddle time this week! We are excited to once again reopen applications as he progresses to full riding workouts over the next several weeks. This guy needs a job and we are happy to give his mind and body something to do! More to come!

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Jill Is Ready For Her Forever Home!

Jill Is Ready For Her Forever Home!

Jill has blossomed into a fun and reliable riding horse! This sweet mare is so fun to ride because she loves working with her rider and is forward and willing, but also enjoys working at a relaxed walk and is getting a pretty dynamite stop. While she’s still young, Jill is tackling every obstacle and new experience like an old pro. Given another year or so of riding experience, Jill will make a…

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Alumni Update: Moon

Alumni Update: Moon

Moon is a companion horse and is best buddies with another draft horse, Goliath. She loves attention, especially being groomed. Recently, she has found a farrier who really understands her hooves and loves her hoof-pedis every 8 weeks, which has improved her pigeon-toed gait! Moon’s partner reports she has a super sweet nature!

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Alumni Update: Bucky B Lucky

Alumni Update: Bucky B Lucky

Lorenzo, formally known as Bucky B Lucky and his adopter Ruth, are still actively competing often. Here are some recent photos of playing, training and competing! Such a handsome fella!

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We Love Our Minis

We Love Our Minis

Traditionally, February has been known as the month of love. As a result, no better time for an update on SAFE’s lovable ambassadors and permanent residents, Shasta and Sunny D. As some of you may not know (or remember), Shasta and Sunny arrived at SAFE in 2011 after being seized by Animal Control when another mini on the property died from starvation. They arrived just in time because they were…

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Terrific Teddi

Terrific Teddi

Recently, Teddi reminded us what an amazing herd member she can be! Since Minnie and Coco had to have their vaccines done to help them protect against strangles, we were instructed to keep them separated for one-week post-vaccine from other horses. Since it is winter, we don’t have any open paddocks, Teddi had to go back in the “filly field” with a few old friends, Rae, and a few new friends,…

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Cameron Enjoys Long Walks

Cameron Enjoys Long Walks

We have a few volunteers who come once a week to give our gentleman Cameron a walk around the property. Here is what Meghan Nicolson had to say: “Walking with Cameron is a highlight of my week! When we first started walking together he just wanted to go, with his long/fast strides; but it didn’t take long before Cameron learned to slow down to my pace. He is very aware of everyone/everything at…

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Alumni Update: Lucy

Alumni Update: Lucy

Check out these photos of Lucy! She has been finding her way in the herd and apparently found a new friend that she is mothering a bit.

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Sienna is our Special Project

Sienna is our Special Project

Here is what Terry had to say about Sienna: What an absolute gift Joel Conner is to SAFE and horses like Sienna. His resolve, knowledge and compassion for her success is unmatched. Joel made Sienna a “special project” in this past November’s horsemanship clinic. He worked her with purpose and dedication to fill in her insecurities while carrying a rider. This mare has a huge heart with a ton of…

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Playful Pepper

Playful Pepper

This little rascal must have decided to play a little too rough with the big girls and got a nasty laceration on her cannon bone of her hind left leg. Luckily it is very far from her heart and time is all that is needed to heal. It was covered with long winter coat and was discovered a bit too long after the injury to be sutured, so we were left to just clean it up, clip the hair away and keep a…

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Alumni Update: Dottie

Alumni Update: Dottie

Dottie is living the good life with her entire family! As you can see, she has plenty of friends to keep her entertained and happy!

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Nyx’s Balance

Nyx’s Balance

Terry had this to say about Nyx: I have started to ride Nyx a few times a week. He is making some great changes and does well with a good groundwork session at the beginning of the week and then comfortably ridden. One observation is how crooked he was moving even on the ground. Helping him “stand up” and move straight on a unified circle was almost impossible when we started working him. We had…

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2022 SAFE Open House Dates

2022 SAFE Open House Dates

SAFE holds a quarterly Open House in which we invite our supporters and neighbors to come for a visit! Here are the dates we’ve chosen for 2022: 2022 Open House Dates: April 30, 2022 June 18, 2022 (please note date change) September 24, 2022 December 4, 2022 Time: Noon to 3pm Location: Safe Harbor Stables 10407 192nd Ave NE Redmond WA 98053 Admission and parking are free to these family-friendly…

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2022 Joel Conner Clinics

2022 Joel Conner Clinics

We have scheduled three dates for our 2022 Joel Conner Horsemanship clinics. These clinics are an incredible opportunity to learn about the horsemanship that SAFE uses to prepare our horses for success in their future homes. 2022 Joel Conner Clinic Dates June 3–5, 2022 September 16–18, 2022 November 11–13, 2022 Location: Safe Harbor Stables 10407 192nd Ave NE Redmond, WA 98053 Clinics will take…

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Jacob is Learning

Jacob is Learning

Terry had this to say about Jacob: Jacob is a good gelding with a fair amount of try. His biggest issues stem from years prior to SAFE when he learned to evade any pressure put on him. Like any young horse he has at times tested the leadership of his handlers. Most likely, as a young horse, he found that he could intimidate or pressure people to move out of his way. He had a bit of a wake-up…

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Coco’s First Snow!

Coco’s First Snow!

As most of you remember, we had quite a bit of snow over the holidays. Being that Coco is new to life and born in April, it was the first time this little lady experienced the magic of a winter wonderland. Luckily our Barn Staff captured the moment to share with all of us. Check out the short video of Coco, Minnie and a brief appearance by Teddi, who cares more about the food than the white…

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Nova and Jill Are Besties

Nova and Jill Are Besties

Nova and Jill are enjoying each other’s company this winter. We have changed up the mare herd dynamics a bit and added a few of the older mares to a herd. Jill and Barb just wouldn’t “play nice” so some adjustments were made. Nova and Jill are the best of buds and it is pretty cute given their size difference to see them side by side in everything they do. Winter is moving along and in March we…

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Alumni Update: Miah

Alumni Update: Miah

Miah is now living with her new adopter of one year, Tamara! She had been riding trails until being placed on stall rest, much to Miah’s dismay! But, now has been able to walk around in her gravel paddock with her companion Mr. Apple, a very cute Appy Pony!

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February Volunteer of the Month: Jessica Sprague

February Volunteer of the Month: Jessica Sprague

Congratulations to February Volunteer of the Month, Jessica Sprague! Jessica started volunteering right at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Since then she has been a reliable, hardworking team member who stepped up to become Shift Lead last October. Since then she has trained several new volunteers and supported her team through the ups and downs of occasionally being shorthanded…

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Veronica and the Tarp

Veronica and the Tarp

One of our volunteer riders, Candi, had this to say about working with Veronica: “The barn is on fire! Let’s go!” It really isn’t on fire but, that was my mantra with Veronica for the last several months as we worked through some recurring haltering issues while she was turned out in her paddock. Even though she has spent well over a year of being haltered every once in a while she gets a bee in…

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Echo is adopted!

Echo is adopted!

Echo is adopted! She headed to her home right before Christmas. What a Christmas present! Echo, who is now Princess Zelda, and has a horse best friend Oz along with a young family to play with. The property is beautiful and she has a life full of fun adventures ahead. Before becoming a Princess and arriving at SAFE, she was living in a bad situation of neglect. Sadly, the other horse she was…

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Wednesdays With Freya

Wednesdays With Freya

One of our volunteers, Bob, had this to tell us about his Wednesdays spent with Freya: “As a relatively new volunteer at SAFE, I’ve really appreciated my ‘horse time’ and all that I’ve been learning.  One of my favorite teachers in the last few months has been our mare Freya.   Following Sue Coulter’s grooming class for volunteers, I started getting together with Freya on Wednesday afternoons…

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Update on Otto

Update on Otto

This little cutie is feeling much better after packing on a few more pounds! He has proven to be fairly even mannered and willing to try what is asked of him. Pretty much ground ties like a champ for grooming sessions unless its food time and then all the attention is getting to his yummy hay! He was a bit of a stinker to pick up his hooves but that is getting better with constancy.   He had a…

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Topper is Adopted!

Topper is Adopted!

Topper has found a wonderful new family! Not only does he get a four legged best friend, but two adorable young kids to love on him. Jo and Marcus were looking for a companion for their retiring 23 year old show mare, Cisco. The two horses met in 2 feet of snow! The family made a nice trail in the paddock and the two horses followed each other around hitting it off perfectly! Topper is a 26 year…

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SAFE is Now Accredited by GFAS

SAFE is Now Accredited by GFAS

We have some exciting news to share! SAFE is now an Accredited member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries! There are just 209 GFAS organizations worldwide, and SAFE is one of them. Obtaining this status has been a goal of ours for years. SAFE achieved Verified status in 2018, and that in itself was an achievement. But the requirements for Accredited status are VAST, to say the least,…

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Press Release: Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) in Redmond, Washington is Now Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Press Release: Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) in Redmond, Washington is Now Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) in Redmond, Washington is Now Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries January 24, 2022 (Redmond, WA) — The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to Save a Forgotten Equine as of January 12, 2022.…

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