Cramer

SEX:
gelding
BREED: Draft Cross
REGISTERED NAME:
none
INTAKE DATE:
12/4/21
COLOR: bay MARKINGS: star, snip, RH pastern, LH sock    
YOB: 2014 AGE: 8 HEIGHT:  WEIGHT: 
LOCATION: Redmond, WA ADOPTION FEE: TBD Online Adoption Application  

Cramer is a HUGE boy who arrived at SAFE in rough shape. He is believed to have been a bucking horse in rodeos and at 8 years old was still unhandled. The staff got right to work getting him used to people by finding his favorite spot to be scratched. Cramer was part of a 3 horse seizure from Snohomish Animal Control. Another young 3‑year-old horse, Otto came to SAFE a few days after Cramer, while the third horse went to our friends at Snohomish Animals In Need (SAIN). Both horses needed to be brought up to a healthy weight and were infested with lice. Now lice free and looking better, we look forward to getting to know this gentle giant.

Cramer’s Progress

Cramer’s Progress

Cramer’s trouble is that he was improperly halter started in the past or never was taught to come with the handler. He was likely pulled on in an attempt to lead. Evidence of this is in his confusion and “stuck feet” especially when outside energy is raised. You can manage fairly well around him when it is all his idea, but when we add any element that he is unsure about, his initial reaction is to turn and run. While that clearly worked in the past, Cramer is now learning to keep his mind with the handlers and not to “cut and run.” This is a hard habit to break, but when it is worked out he will be leading correctly, respectful of the lead and choosing to stay with the handler. 

Goals for Cramer in the weeks to come:

  1. Working on less overreaction to outside energy. Less confusion about things like the rope or the flag that don’t “mean anything” unless the handler’s feel says they have meaning. 
  2. Continued work on Cramer’s attention to the handler. Helping set up ways for him to search out more connections with her while she works with him. This too will help with his “overreactions.”
  3. Not plateauing: working to get more exposure to things that will help bring “the trouble to the surface.” Just helping bring him to acceptance by closing the bind (place he feels uncomfortable) just slightly and giving as he turns loose. As a domestic horse, he will be asked for the rest of his life to be ok with things that might not all the way feel comfortable to him. We are helping him feel free in his feet to know that he is not stuck and when given this freedom of his feet he can choose to stay with us without being braced and anxious. It is a beautiful thing to watch: a horse who comes into SAFE so stuck in their feet, finding freedom. Their bodies turning loose, and in turn losing the anxiety they were holding in all interactions with humans before coming to us. 
Kicking it With Cramer

Kicking it With Cramer

One of our volunteers, Lise A. has spent some time recently with Cramer, and had the following to say about her experience:

I have had the good fortune of getting to start grooming Cramer in early February (with Terry’s guidance of course). He and I have gotten to hang out two to three times a week. He is a big, furry and funny guy. I sure wish we knew what is going on inside that large head with the matching fuzzy cheek whorls. 

As you may have noticed Cramer tends to roll in the mud of his turn out. And with Otto gone he had gotten to stretch out a bit more between both paddock areas. (now that Tiva has arrived it will be fun to see how they do together). 

Wherever Cramer is he manages (if you haven’t noticed) to deposit his massive pile of poops from one end to the other of his turnout. Only those that know horses and muck will appreciate their size and the fact that there is no way you can fit it in one pitch fork scoop!

He was quite a stinker until a bath last month.  And after a day or two, well yes, it is hard to tell. He is well loved in-spite of himself. And though I groom him, he is very hard to get clean so no one would ever know I was there! 

He halters easily and loves to be curried almost everywhere though he is a little shy around his head and feet at times but is getting better with more loving! He will usually get his “seal nose” on with licking and chewing in the front and swing his butt back and forth in the back. As his tail swings back and forth I am left wondering what music Cramer is hearing. 

There have been a few days when he can be a bit impatient with grooming and can’t be bothered with standing around for too long. But, when I release him he will always follow me wondering why I would leave him behind — “didn’t I know that he was just kidding and wasn’t quite done yet”. 

Cramer is a big guy and seems to have a big heart and there is likely a big story to tell that none of us will ever know. However,  we can all hope that he will unwind and learn to trust in each of us as we stop by to say “hi”. With each loving contact, my wish is that he will learn that he has landed at a great stopping place …. on his way to finding a forever home.

Cramer Gets a Pedicure

Cramer Gets a Pedicure

We are happy to report that Cramer has successfully had all four hooves trimmed. He was a gem for the farrier and stayed connected to the handler without trouble. He has a kind and thoughtful nature. When he had issues with the hind it was less from being “naughty” than him figuring out how to balance his weight to keep that big body up. I won’t say that he is 100% without a little bit of testing the handlers but quickly and with thoughtfulness remained composed and relaxed about the event. His eyes remained soft and when he had a minor anxiety, he quickly melted back into the lovable gentle giant we are quickly falling in love with here at SAFE!

 

Check out the video of Cramer’s first trim:

Bath Day for Cramer

Bath Day for Cramer

Cramer was a very good boy for his first bath at SAFE. He has come a long way from the timid giant that arrived just a short time ago. He is coming along nicely in the halter work, and we have been able to complete his first dental, vaccines and worming treatments. Over the next weeks we hope to have his first farrier visit and begin walking him around the property. We were surprised to find out during his dental exam that he only 8 years old! More to come as this kind soul continues to get changes through SAFE’s horsemanship program. Cramer will be available for adoption after he is assessed and if all goes well, started as a riding horse.

New Horses: Cramer and Otto

New Horses: Cramer and Otto

Cramer and Otto arrived last month, like many horses at SAFE, in rough shape. They were part of a 3 horse seizue by Snohomish Animal Control. Our herd count was pretty high at the time, so our friends at SAIN (Skagit Animals in Need) took the third horse.
Cramer is a huge guy, who is believed to have been used as a bucking horse in rodeos and is unhandled at 15 years old. The staff got right to work getting this big bay used to people with scratches in his favorite spot. They’ve also been working on getting Cramer up to a healthier weight and he’s already looking better.
A few days later, Otto arrived. Cramer was excited to see his familiar face after being alone in our quarantine paddock. Otto is only 3 years old and is in need of a ton of groceries and will be on antibiotics twice a day for a dental infection. As you can see in the photos, there is a bump on his nose. This is the site of a broken tooth which happened when one of his adult teeth ruptured through and broke the baby tooth in place. Now, with infection making its way into the bone, this is a horrific situation. There was discharge from the right nostril, a foul odor, and could abscess through the sinus passage. The vet said this might be a good sign and help the surgeon. We are hopeful after putting on some pounds he will be strong enough to have surgery with the NW Veterinarian Clinic in Mount Vernon. This little man’s journey is just beginning, but he is in the right place now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cramer’s Friends:

1. Sean C.

2. Amy Q.

3. Jean E.

4. Jennifer M.

5. Susan C.

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