SEX: Gelding BREED: Quarter Horse type REGISTERED NAME:  
COLOR: Bay MARKINGS: star, large snip, RH and LH socks    


Banner is an older gelding whose owner was unable to keep him after she went into assisted living. Banner was reportedly well started under saddle, but it’s become clear that it is time for him to retire as a companion. This big handsome gelding can be a little pushy at times, but once he figures out that his person is the leader, he happily settles in to look for their direction. Banner will make a wonderful companion horse for someone!


Banner Health Update

Banner Health Update

Banner is such a handsome, regal man! He has a ton of personality and definitely doesn’t act like a senior fellow. He can be a little pushy, but we are working on ground manners and he’s proving to be a very intelligent student who catches on quickly.

Shortly after Banner arrived, we noticed that he was tender on his front feet. He was in a gravel paddock so it was difficult at first to tell if his feet were sore because of that or because of a case of mild laminitis. Dr. Fleck had us treat him as a laminitis case and he was placed on bute twice daily and given a pair of soft ride boots to live in for the time being. He was taken off the bute after two weeks but remained in the soft ride boots until we could get him into a dirt paddock and off the gravel.

He and Buddy have now been moved to a dirt paddock together, and his feet are much happier. He’s out of the soft ride boots. He did have a couple of hoof abscesses over the past few weeks, but those have been treated and he is once again sound. These two gentlemen get groomed several times per week by volunteer groomer Sue, who they believe to be their own personal stylist. We’re keeping a close eye on Banner’s feet to make sure we catch any problems early and treat him accordingly. He seems to appreciate all the extra attention!

Banner has also been diagnosed with a very mild case of equine odontoclastic tooth resorption and hypercementosis (EOTRH), which is a very long name for a dental disease that can afflict older horses. This disease causes the body to resorb the alveolar bone and tissues surrounding the incisors, leading to the breakdown of the periodontal ligament and prompting the horse’s body to lay down extra cementum to try to stabilize the teeth. It is a progressive disease and can be quite painful in its advanced stages. Since Banner’s case looks to still be in the beginning phase, he does not seem to be experiencing pain from it. But we will be monitoring this closely, as well.

One of the ways we can assess pain from EOTRH is to offer Banner a hard treat such as a carrot and see if he chews it like a normal horse or if he struggles with it. He seems happy with this test so far, he’s been passing it with flying colors. He might just convince us to use this carrot test every day in the name of health management.

The Power of Positive Energy on Horses, by Marty Abdo

The Power of Positive Energy on Horses, by Marty Abdo

My name is Marty Abdo and I am a Friday morning shift volunteer. One of my several passions in life is a therapy method called Reiki. I have a business offering Reiki long distance to people and animals in need of relaxation, pain relief and emotional balance.

I was introduced to Reiki over 20 years ago, while I was completing massage school. Years later I received my Reiki Masters certificate from Reiki Master, Melinda Kaur. In early December 2019, I was feeling a strong calling to be around and give to horses in need. I did some research online and quickly determined that SAFE was the best at what they did — providing love and rehabilitation and adoption for abandoned and abused horses. I knew from the first day that this was the place for me to be, in order to heal from life’s daily challenges and offer relief to those we all unconditionally love, the SAFE horses.

Some of you may already know, but many ask, “What is Reiki? How does it work? What are the benefits?” The following quote and fun facts are from an article in by Tim Newman:

Reiki is a form of therapy commonly referred to as energy healing. It emerged in Japan in the late 1800s and it said to involve the transfer of the universal energy from the practitioners’ palms to their patient. Energy medicine aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. Reiki is not an alternative treatment for medical issues but an adjunctive therapy that can help support healing and increase a feeling of well-being.”

Fast facts on Reiki

  • Reiki is a form of energy therapy
  • Despite skepticism in some circles, it is growing in popularity
  • It involves the transfer of energy by laying on hands
  • Reiki’s advocates say it can treat many conditions and emotional states
  • Small studies show that Reiki can slightly reduce pain, but no studies have shown that it is effective in treating any diseases
  • Some hospitals in America and Europe offer Reiki, but insurance rarely covers it

During the spring of this year, I approached Terry as she was working on taming Artie. I asked her if she was familiar with Reiki and if I could offer this alternative therapy to the horses. Terry granted me permission. Since then, each Wednesday I check in with Terry for updates on the horses. After my Friday chores, I spend a half hour to an hour giving to those in need. Since spring, I have worked on several horses at SAFE: Artie, Buddy, Banner, Cyrus, Wind, Slim, Sunny, Tilt, Jill and Millie. When I offer Reiki to the horses, I direct the energy to the areas of concern in hopes of bringing relief and comfort. From my own personal observations, I quickly notice relaxation in the form of licking, closing of eyes and hanging of the head. I have had Banner offer me his injury and stand still for ten minutes. I text my observations to Terry after each weekly session. As a reminder, Reiki is seen as a nice adjunct to all the medical attention that is provided by SAFE. Reiki is not a substitute for medical treatment. I may not be able to prove that Reiki heals the beautiful creatures that we all care for but I can say with certainty that the unconditional love I feel and receive from them, when I am in their presence, has definitely added to the healing of my soul.

Thank you, SAFE, for allowing me this amazing opportunity to give back each week via Reiki, both hands on and long distance. Warmly, Marty Abdo

Banner Photo Update

Buddy and Banner Dental

Buddy and Banner Dental

Buddy and Banner had their dentals and vaccines yesterday. Both were good boys. We are guessing ages are 25 for Buddy and 22 for Banner. The dentals should give both a ton of relief when eating.

They got an intense deep cleaning spa treatments afterwards. They both are new men!! And they’ll be off intake quarantine on Friday!!

Banner Intake Photos

Banner Intake Photos

Thank you to Kristina Oden for these lovely pictures of our new boy Banner.




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3. Dej J.

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