|COLOR: Bay||MARKINGS: snip, LF white to above ankle with dark spot on outside coronet, white spot on front of LH coronet||For Intermediate Handler|
|YOB: 2002||HEIGHT: 14.3 HH||WEIGHT: 1,064 lbs|
|LOCATION: Redmond, WA||ADOPTION FEE: $300||Online Adoption Application|
This beautiful big quarter horse mare, Bijou, came in with Sebastian after they were found abandoned at the Tree Farm in Arlington. Snohomish County Animal Control posted publicly looking for their owner. No one came forward and no brands were found, so they were released to SAFE for rehabilitation. Bijou is a sweet mare in her early 20s, and while we assessed her as a riding horse, we determined that the work it would require to get her through the many anxieties she felt around being saddled — let alone having a rider — were not worth it. Bijou has been through enough in her life, and she will make a brilliant companion for some lucky individual!
All SAFE horses are adopted with a no-breeding clause, no exceptions.
“Bijou” means jewel in French, and never has a horse embodied her name so fully. Sweet Bijou truly is a gem of a mare, her kindness radiating outward from her gentle eyes. Hers is a face that enjoys being pet – she is the perfect horse for someone looking for a companion to dote over and love on, for she will soak attention up like a sponge.
In a herd, she can adjust to a pecking order, and has been out with both a gelding (Sebastian, her companion when she arrived) and a group of mares (5 to be exact: Fancy, Frosting, Rae, Nova, and Veronica), all with various personalities. She has managed to stay out of trouble, and would likely fit in as a friend to most herd dynamics.
But she is also multifaceted, like any good gemstone is. She is an easy mare to get along with, but would really thrive in a home with someone willing to set some boundaries, and also be able to support her on the occasions her nerves get the better of her.
If Bijou sang karaoke, she might sing ‘Brick House’ (to represent her hefty build), and if she had to pick a jewel to be, it might be a diamond – for she overcame the pressure of adversity to turn into something that sparkles and shines. So if you’ve been looking for a companion horse to love on, fix your eyes on this mare and let her dazzle you.
After her intake quarantine was over, we began to get to know Bijou. With her sweet eyes and gentle personality, we were excited to learn a bit more about her. It is not uncommon that horses come to us without a history to speak of, and we must rely solely on assumptions and the little bits of insight that they give us based on their reactions to things.
To handle on the ground, Bijou is gentle, if not a bit pushy. We can assume that the people of her past did not establish boundaries with her, which is why she feels it is OK to walk on top of you when she feels uncertain in a situation or simply determines that your feet are not moving fast enough for her liking. But she is a kind mare, and when you establish respect with her, she returns it.
We assumed, based on how she was on the ground, that she had been ridden before. We ran her through the checks, which she did fine with, but cinching up was a different story. The journey to finding peace under saddle would be a long and strenuous one for Bijou, and perhaps for a younger horse, perhaps for a horse who had not been through so much already, we would have decided to undergo the journey with her. But the discomfort she showed under saddle was not worth it. We decided that she would be moved to companion status, retired from riding.
And her status as companion suits Bijou just fine. She is a sweet, kind mare, one who loves face pets and time out with horse friends. We are very much looking forward to setting Bijou up with a family who will love her just as much as we do, just as she is.
Kirsten L. worked with Bijou in the September Joel clinic, and had the following to say about her experience:
“With a fitting name of French origins, Bijou means a rare gem and that is certainly the case for this 20 year old mare indeed. She shines both in appearance and attitude. Her muscular image makes her seem much younger and quite capable of holding her own. And then her willingness to learn and try also implies a youthful spirit.
In the groundwork classes she caught on quickly to leading on a float, backing and changing directions/eyes. She listens well while leading and is ever attentive from either side. Needless to say, she is easy to catch, can be brushed all over and is getting better with front feet cleaning.
Next steps include cleaning back feet, trot while being led, working with a flag and gaining a pleasant willingness to yield the hind and cross over the front,s as well as hooking on in the round pen.
Bijou has won the hearts of many, many volunteers at SAFE. When you meet Bijou, you will find an extremely kind and cuddly mare that won’t take your eyes off you. You also won’t take your eyes off her. She IS a gem.”
It’s been a busy first few weeks here at SAFE since Bijou arrived. Now off of Quarantine, she had her first set of vaccines, dental float and microchipped. She also got a lovely pair of front shoes from our farrier and was a super star for it! Here is a short little video of our first day working a little with her in the round pen. She is very gentle, kind and has a wonderful disposition. We are looking forward to assessing her for riding and making her available for adoption!
Sebastian and Bijou were found abandoned at the Tree Farm in Arlington. Snohomish County Animal Control posted publicly searching for their home, but after no one came forward, they were released to SAFE. Bijou is a 10 year old Quarter Horse mare who is very sweet and may have been a riding horse in her past. Her hooves are very flat and we hope to schedule a visit with the farrier soon to fit her for shoes.
Our newest senior gelding, Sebastian, is a 20 year old flea bitten grey Arabian who has some medical concerns. His legs and sheath are swollen and we are waiting to hear back on bloodwork from our vet to determine the best medical plan going forward. Right now, the two are in separate paddocks next to each other, but are most often are found standing right next to each other in their shelter keeping an eye on one another. Recently our staff gave them both a bath and they were perfect angels for it. We look forward to learning more about their individual personalities as we bring them back to health.
1. Eileen Q.
2. Kate L.
3. Jeanne S.
4. Ben C.
5. Karen B.
6. Whitney-Bear B.
7. Paula B.
8. Judy P.
9. Avery E.
Every horse deserves at least ten friends! Even a small monthly donation can make a difference. Plus, SAFE horse sponsors receive discounts at local businesses through the SAFEkeepers program!