description: 1987 bay Arabian mare with star
type of rescue: owner surrender
intake date: 8/18/2011
adoption date: 4/12/2013
length of time with SAFE: 1 year, 8 months
ADOPTED by Kitti Lile of Woodinville WA
Brandii Bask was surrendered to SAFE by her owner on August 18, 2011, along with Ego Afire. She and Fire were living up on Mt. Index. Their owner had no money to feed the horses and was grazing them up on the mountain for 6 hours a day to try and keep weight on them. Brandii came to us in poor shape, in need of feed, vet and farrier care. She blossomed into a lovely mare. As a SAFE horse, Brandii was ridden and ponied on the trails, and she competed successfully at the 2012 SAFE Benefit Show, winning ribbons in Western Walk/Jog in both the Senior Horse and Rescue Horse divisions. Brandii was adopted by Kitti Lile and lives the life of a pampered and adored companion to Kitti’s mini horses, Dazzle and Bugs, and the rest of the Lile family.
A high school friend phoned SAFE adopter Kitti L to say that her 90 year old mother had a few things she wanted to do before she died. One was to sit on a horse and walk around; she had ridden as a child and young adult. This lady was a female pilot during WWII and awarded a medal by President Obama two years ago. She stepped off the mounting block onto Brandii with a little loving help. We walked down around the arena with Brandii on a lead rope and Speedy by the rider’s side. Brandii was her usual kind and cooperative self and made a dream come true for a very grateful lady. THANK YOU BRANDII & KITTI for sharing this wonderful story!
Tie her up with a bow because Brandii Bask is Kitty’s birthday gift from her wonderful husband Bill “Speedy” Lile! Kitti has always said that Speedy makes all her dreams come true! Brandii is now part of a large and loving family that includes two mini horses named Bugsy and Dazzle, and a Doberman named Halsey. Brandii loves her mini friends, especially since they have agreed to let Brandii be in charge and everyone is living together peacefully.
Brandii was initially worried about Halsey, the Doberman…but they are now very friendly with each other.Kitti loves grooming and doing groundwork with Brandii. They have even handwalked her off the property through the woods to the pipeline trail. She is looking forward to some light arena riding this summer.
Brandii Bask and her friend Ego Afire belonged to a person who could not afford to feed them, so he was walking them up the slopes of Mt Index each day so they could graze there. We first learned about this situation from our farrier, Daphne Jones, who was very worried about the deteriorating condition of the two horses. The owner surrendered them both to SAFE where they were successfully rehabilitated and found to have some under saddle training.
Kitti and Brandii are definitely a pair! Both are dignified ladies who know what they want and know how to get it. We wish them the best of luck together and look forward to many happy updates!
Here are some great photos of Brandii Bask and Sandy at the SAFE Show, taken by Liz Stabbert:
Jet & I stopped by to visit Brandii Bask. She’s doing great in her new foster home! Thanks Denise & Wade for taking such great care of her!
Seems we just updated Brandii’s page to share her ponying adventure on the trails, but we’ve got another foster update to tell you about!
Brandii was ridden on Sunday in the arena by KristiM (thank goodness for small rider). She was much more relaxed and went in all three gates. Next time we hope to get her on the trails if the weather will cooperate. Doesn’t she look cute in her new purple bridle!
We’ve gotten another wonderful update from Brandii’s foster home, along with some great photos! Thank you to Sharon for taking such good care of our girl and exposing her to new experiences!
Brandii was ponied out at Sawyer Woods on Saturday and did wonderfully. She followed respectfully and seemed to really enjoy the outing. No spook in this girl (even on ‘spooky’ trail with the little hanging skeleton:). She’s in good weight and didn’t even break a sweat. Hopefully, next week she’ll be on the trail with a rider!
It’s time for another SAFE foster home update! This time we check in on Brandii Bask
Here’s a little update on Brandii. First, she so wants to be with my paints! The pastures are set up with single stalls/run-ins, so for now she’ll be coveting from afar. She’s enjoying the grassy pasture and spends very little time in the stall or covered shelter (even in the rain and snow!). She’s got a lot of energy and if it weren’t for her papers saying she’s 24, I’d guess in her teens. She bucks, rears and shows off for my boy daily. Once this weather gets better, I think she’ll be ready to start working with in the arena to give her a job and burn some of that energy off! She loves her apple & oats treats and that’s about the only thing I can bribe her into the stall with. She’s on free-choice orchard with her senior feed, beet pulp and small flake of alfalfa and generally leaves a huge pile of food in her stall to be outside in the pasture.
Big thanks to Brandii’s foster mom, Sharon for the update and also for these pictures of Brandii in the snow!