unknown age grey Appy type mare
Type of Rescue: Owner Surrender
Intake Date: 4/6/21
Adoption Date: 5/16/21
Length of Time with SAFE: 1.5 months
ADOPTED!! by Emily
A year and a half is the average time a horse spends with SAFE before being adopted. Bliss, our sweet, blind mare, was in our care for 5 weeks before being adopted to the absolute perfect family! Emily and her family had previously adopted SAFE alum, Beauty, but had sadly lost her in January this past year. We were delighted when the family wished to welcome another SAFE horse into their home and Bliss struck gold when they fell in love with her. Emily is not only a long-time horse owner, but also a veterinarian! She is exactly what this special needs mare needs and is already looking at treatment options to help Bliss as her uveitis continues to diminish her vision. They have an amazing property and even replaced some hot wire fencing to accommodate Bliss so now she can enjoy pasture time with her new buddy, Rocky.
When Bliss came to SAFE in early April, she was covered in terrible rain rot, badly in need of a farrier visit and her ribs were showing. After only 5 weeks at SAFE and a few with her adopter, she gained 142 pounds and looks amazing! Emily said “Bliss is an angel. She must have been loved once in her life because she does anything I ask. She ties, she’s great with kids, you can handle her feet, she doesn’t spook, she’s just awesome.” It’s not often we adopt out a horse so quickly, but when the perfect home appears, it’s a happily ever after for everyone.
Introducing SAFE’s newest addition: Bliss!
Bliss came to us from Port Orchard after a member of her owner’s family dispersed a group of 20 horses from his property in Sequim. There was a question as to whether or not Bliss was pregnant (she is not), and though he’d had horses in the past, her owner was not feeling capable of being able to take adequate care of her.
She is a truly lovely mare, both inside and out. Bliss, estimated to be in her teens (we will get a more concrete idea at her dental visit), is blind — or at least, vision impaired to an advanced degree. Our vet will give us a more conclusive idea of if she can detect light / shadows after a comprehensive vision check. But despite her impairment, she gets around quite well, and has yet to have any problems finding the boundaries of her paddock or entering her shelter (she found the hay just fine!)
She is gentle and able to be caught (a little uncertain, but comes around with a bit of patience). She loaded on and off the trailer with ease, and upon arrival, stood for some light grooming and her intake measurements like an old pro. The rain rot on Bliss’s back, her skinny frame, and her overgrown hooves are just a few examples of the ways in which she is in need of some TLC, but we already have the wheels in motion to help her be the healthiest, happiest version of herself.
1. Leigh Ann K.
2. Ginni M.
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