|COLOR: red roan||MARKINGS: blaze||For Intermediate Rider|
|YOB: 2003||AGE: 17||HEIGHT: 13.3 hh||WEIGHT: 800 lbs|
|LOCATION: Redmond, WA||ADOPTION FEE: $700||Online Adoption Application|
Aries was surrendered to SAFE when her family needed to sell their home due to medical reasons. She arrived with another horse, Lucca, who is also a senior mare. They are healthy, with shiny coats and just in need of a farrier visit. Both have experience trail riding, but haven’t been ridden in a year. Aries was the family’s 4H horse growing up. We are still in the process of accessing Aries, but we believe she would be a good fit for an intermediate rider who can give her more support. She could make a good trail horse as long as she has a buddy to follow. The same is true with trailering. She loads easily if another horse is in first. Aries tends to be the boss mare in a herd, but has had a lot of horse friends over the years. We look forward to getting to know these sweet seniors.
All SAFE horses are adopted with a no-breeding clause, no exceptions.
Our volunteer rider, Candi, rode Aries in the Buck Brannaman Clinic in Ellensburg in June and here’s what Candi had to say.
“In July, the SAFE horsemanship team had the opportunity to attend the Buck Brannaman clinic in Ellensburg. In preparation for the clinic, I spent several weeks getting to know Aries through groundwork and riding. Loading, hauling and unloading after the journey to Ellensburg was as simple as could be. She was at ease in her paddock, in the arena and getting baths to cool her off the entire four days we were there.
“We spent three mornings in clinic learning groundwork foundations from Buck. Aries was in tune with me, listened and responded well. She has had trouble bracing and not wanting to back up. During the clinic, Buck helped me with my soft feel and I was able to learn and teach her two new ways of backing up. She is making great progress with her handy new skills.
“Aries is also learning to line up to the rail and stand still. This will prepare her for a rider needing to mount in ways other than directly from the ground.
“Aries loves the soft feel and responds well to subtle cues. She has a very sweet soul and I am so happy to be a part of her journey.”
Sue had the pleasure of riding Aries in our last Joel Connor Clinic in June. Here’s what she had to say:
“I was given the unexpected opportunity to work with Aries for two days of the June 2021 Joel Conner clinic. This was my first chance to work with her, and also my first opportunity to ride a SAFE horse in the clinic. Aries is a sweet mare who wants to please. She braces on her shoulders, so we worked on the ground getting her to move her front end laterally. Most of my one on one time with Joel was spent with me learning the art of using Mecate reins, bending, changing direction, and a one rein stop. There is a lot to learn for a long time hunter rider, with lots of potential pitfalls. Both Terry and Joel walked me through the mechanics of it patiently. Aries was also patient and filled in nicely! It was exciting to have this chance to extend my riding. Thanks to Terry, Joel, and Aries.”
Aries has been at SAFE for about six weeks. Lucca, the horse she arrived with, and her came to SAFE without medical issues, so we were able to start training immediately after their 14 day quarantine. Terry, our Operations Director, recently starting riding Aries and here is what she had to say about her.
“Aries has a bit of trouble. She gets tight and braces when the energy is raised. Her feet are stuck in her braces and that panic comes out in a few small bucks. She is learning that forward and free of the lateral braces is a better way to move and feels much better than bottled up stress.”
Terry, our Operations Director and Jane, a long time SAFE volunteer, headed across the waters on a ferry ride to Kingston. They picked up two new horses this week, Lucca, a 19 year old bay Arabian mare and her friend, Aries, an 18 year old red roan Arabian. Both are very sweet and well behaved.
Sadly, their owner had to rehome them when they had to sell their home due to the husband’s cancer diagnosis. They were unable to find them a good home when they were dealing with so much themselves. Fortunately, SAFE had room, and was happy to step in and help. Both mares have been on trail rides and Aries was their daughter’s 4H horse. They both are healthy and just need a little TLC to prepare for riding again, since it’s been about a year since they’ve been under saddle.
Both seemed relaxed when they arrived. Lucca kept yawning in the sunshine while Aries stood calmly next to her. Neither one broke a sweat on the long journey across a ferry to their new home. We are excited to get to know these sweet mares and prepare them for their next chapter in life.
1. Susanne M.
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