|SEX: Gelding||BREED: TB||REGISTERED NAME: unknown|
|COLOR: Dark bay||MARKINGS: small star
|YOB: 2005||AGE: 15||HEIGHT: 16.2hh||WEIGHT: 1098 lbs
|LOCATION: OR||ADOPTION FEE: $1000
(will increase with training)
|Online Adoption Application|
Cyrus came to SAFE in April 2019 as part of a cruelty investigation. He was emaciated and badly neglected. With careful refeeding and vet care, he has regained his true beauty and good health. Cyrus is sweet and friendly, and we have begun working with him on the ground to assess his education level.
Thanks to The Limelight Pet Project for featuring Cyrus!
The Limelight Pet Project is a campaign local to Washington that shines a light on harder-to-adopt pets and the people who help them. We’re delighted they chose Cyrus to share this month on Q13 FOX.
Here’s the article and segment on Q13 FOX:
And a full version of Terry telling Cyrus’s story of transformation:
Cyrus has finished his first month of professional training with Donohue Horsemanship and all reports are good. He is a good guy and is learning to be more accepting of the work. No major issues but at this time, but Cyrus will still need an experienced hand to help him continue on this positive trajectory.
Cyrus is a new man with front shoes and a saddle!
His restart with Nick Donohue is underway and going well. More soon.
SAFE volunteer Phoebe T has been working with Cyrus on groundwork and saddling. Here’s her report about the November Joel Conner Clinic:
First off it was a privilege to work with Cyrus for 3 days in a row. He went from being constantly distracted on day 1, to being able to stay with me for much longer periods of time. Being able to change up what we were doing by day 2 kept his attention, and on day 3 he was getting much better at not bottling his feelings, but learning to move thru them and finding release. Joel was great at showing me how to get his front unstuck. Cyrus was nothing but yawns toward the end of each session of the clinic.
Cyrus has shown some trouble while being saddled, which leads us to believe that he probably was ridden in the past, but it clearly wasn’t a great experience for him. This makes restarting him more of a challenge because there are past issues that will need to be worked through. At the moment, we are giving him a 50/50 chance of becoming a riding horse. We are currently considering professional training for this horse. A home in which he could just be a companion could end up being the better option for him in the end.
As part of our work to support Animal Control agencies in Washington state, SAFE is often asked to take in horses that are part of active cruelty investigations. Sometimes we can make this information public right away, but in other cases, we are asked to keep these horses confidential until law enforcement gives us the go-ahead.
Cyrus is one such horse. If you’d seen him when he arrived at SAFE, you would not recognize him today because his transformation has been so stunning. He arrived with a BCS score of 1.5 — severely emaciated and badly neglected. Because he was so thin upon arrival, his recovery was a long, slow process. Under direction from our team of veterinarians, Cyrus was fed small meals round the clock until his condition stabilized. This meant that volunteers and staff visited his stall in the wee hours of the night (and all through the day) to give him precisely weighed portions of hay on a strict schedule. These scheduled feedings continued for well over three months, with portions becoming larger and feeding intervals becoming longer as Cyrus put on weight. This careful regime was necessary to prevent him from gastronomical upset as his system adjusted to being fed again. Thanks to a lot of people at SAFE, including Herd Health Manager Melinda Couvillion, Cyrus is back to being the horse he was always meant to be.
1. Jean E.
2. Anja & Karl W.
3. Sarah V.
4. Josie W.
5. Lori P.
6. Julia L.
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!