2006 dark bay Thoroughbred mare
registered name:Scadabe, by Cascadia out of Honey Bee There
type of rescue: Owner Surrender
intake date: 2/4/16
adoption date: 4/8/18
length of time at SAFE: 2 years, 2 months

Adopted by Carole D. of La Center WA

Aubrey was surrendered to SAFE by her owner who was unable to provide care for her. Although she was in pretty rough shape when she arrived at SAFE in Feb 2016, she made a nice recovery. Aubrey was not sound for riding, but she’s a very sweet and affectionate mare and we knew she would make a lovely companion horse. Aubrey shared a foster home with another SAFE mare named Annabelle, and the two were great friends. Sadly, Annabelle passed away unexpectedly and Aubrey lost her friend. But fortunately, Aubrey had caught the eye of an adopter looking for a companion for her mare, and before long, Aubrey traveled to her new home in near Portland. She shares a huge grassy pasture with her new friend Ro and has settled in well as part of the family.

Alumni Update: Aubrey

Alumni Update: Aubrey

Here are some photos we received from Aubrey’s adopter. She’s doing just great in her new home with her best buddy, Ro, who is 26 this year! 


Photo Update: Aubrey

Aubrey’s gentle eyes

Jessica Farren was able to visit Aubrey at her foster home with Jackie. She got some lovely photos to share with us. Aubrey is doing very well in her pasture with Annabelle. They are very good pals and she is relaxed and content with life. Can’t wait to see her all shed out this summer. She is such a sweet mare to be around!

Annabelle & Aubrey: The Best of Friends

You never know when you introduce horses to each other how exactly they will get along and there is always a risk it might not work as well as you had hoped. I have to say whatever told me to try Annabelle and Aubrey together was right on! These two are inseparable and have become the best of friends. Jessica Farren was able to catch some incredibly beautiful photos of the two mares. You can see great relationship they have together as they wait for their adopters to find them!

New Friends: Annabelle and Aubrey

It’s always interesting to pair up two horses for the first time…you never quite know how they’re going to get along. Happily, Annabelle and Aubrey, two mares looking for companion homes, hit it off right away when turned out together for the first time. Since this video was shot, the two have been seen grooming each other in the field, the sign of a true friendship! Good girls!

Foster Update: Aubrey & Marta

Cute check in with the ladies, Aubrey and Marta…as you can tell they are loving the good life! Both of these lovely ladies are ready for their forever homes. Email for more information.
Here is a short note from Eileen, their foster mom and SAFE’s President:
“The ladies lead a life of leisure. They had their pedicures done yesterday while nibbling on dinner. Today they sunbathed and ate a few apples from a tree in their pasture. Tomorrow they will enjoy a late breakfast with a spot of jasmine tea that they often manage to finish off for me. In short, life is tough.”

First meeting of new friends

With Shay’s recent passing, Marta was in need of a new friend to join her at her lovely foster home in Fall City. Since we’ve determined that Aubrey is not sound enough to be ridden, she seemed a good choice. Here are photos of the two mares meeting for the first time (thank you Jessica Farren!)

Aubrey: Health Update

Aubrey-02-24-16-06Dr. McCracken came to examine Aubrey and check her soundness to see if she could be a light riding horse. After palpating the front leg she determined that the bow tendon is very old, so there is no point in ultrasounding it. Dr. McCracken confirmed that Aubrey has Fibrotic Myopathy in left hind but also noted another possible underlining lameness issues. Both her hocks and fetlocks tested positive after being flexed. Most likely this lameness is being caused by arthritic pain or other old injuries.

Fibrotic Myopathy is a mechanical lameness of the hind limb, caused by an accident that results in the loss of muscle tissue “stretchability.” This is usually due to the scar tissue that is laid down as the injury heals. This results in a gait that makes it look like Aubrey is slapping her left hind hoof to the ground as she brings it forward. For the most part, Fibrotic Myopathy is thought to be pain free however there may be some discomfort in other parts of her body from compensating to this irregular gait. It only shows up only when she trots. Overall Dr. McCracken said that she is pasture sound.

To determine if her lameness is pain related, Dr. McCracken gave Aubrey 2 grams of Bute and waited 15 minutes to recheck. We saw significant improvement, proving that she does have more going on than just Fibrotic Myopathy. We could block and search for the problem but it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. It would take quite a lot of tests to come up with a diagnosis and we have a slim chance of finding just one root cause. It’s unlikely that anything we find would be treatable. Given her racing career, it is likely she has some degree of arthritis. Because we are dealing with an older, chronic lameness, Dr. McCracken agreed that we can continue to turn Aubrey out without having to worry about making things worse.

Dr. McCracken floated Aubrey’s teeth today as well. We found some very sharp points to the back on the right top and an overbite in the front that needed some correction. She will need to be redone in 6 months and possibly every six months going forward. But this will be determined after we see how she looks on the recheck.

I gave her an antifungal bath to clean up all of her rain rot and treated it with Skin Care X — a product that seems to do a very good job of clearing this up quickly. She was an angel for everything. She’s going to be a very easy going companion and a lovely family pet. Aubrey is now available for adoption as a companion.

Aubrey Intake

Aubrey was surrendered to SAFE by her owner who was unable to provide care for her. She’s had it pretty rough for a while now, and has rain rot over most of her back and hooves that are in bad need of a trim. She also had a badly bowed tendon on her left foreleg which was hot to the touch and swollen. And she appears to have fibrotic myopathy in her left hind leg, a mechanical lameness that causes the hoof to slap the ground as the leg descends. She’s a very sweet and affectionate mare and she would still make a lovely companion horse. 

She has a sweet disposition and loves people. Like any thoroughbred, she can get excited at times, but for the most part is a very calm horse. She is quite the character, flapping her lips to make noise, and nickers for grain and treats. Aubrey likes her buddies and is not as confident on her own. She does best in an open field turnout with another horse.