2006 palomino Saddlebred mare
Type of Rescue: Animal Control seizure
Intake Date: 2/23/2008
Adoption Date: 7/24/2008
Returned to SAFE: 01/6/2018
Adoption Date: 4/30/2008
Length of time at SAFE: 8 months
ADOPTED by Marinna C of Seattle WA
Duchess became a SAFE horse in 2008 as part of a major Animal Control seizure involving 17 horses. Duchess was 2 years old at the time of the seizure, and arrived emaciated with horribly overgrown feet and parasites. After she was returned to health, she was adopted to a great home where she was loved and cared for for nearly 10 years. She was professionally started under saddle, and became a wonderful beginner safe trail horse. In 2014 she suffered an injury and spent the next 3 years enjoying pasture rest. Unfortunately Duchess’ owners were no longer able to keep her, and were unsuccessful finding a new home for her in their area. The decision was made to return her to SAFE where she could get some refresher training under saddle in preparation for finding the perfect adopter. Duchess was ridden regularly at SAFE and participated in two Joel Conner clinics with her volunteer rider, Phoebe. 3 months after returning to SAFE, Duchess was adopted by a lovely rider who plans to do dressage with her. She has been re-christened “Esperanza,” which means “hope.”
SAFE volunteer rider Phoebe rode Duchess in the April Joel Conner clinic. Here’s what she had to say about the experience:
Duchess, what a great teacher she is! Understanding that her inability to hold a focus for very long can be used to distract her from her insecurities. Joel was awesome at identifying the ‘jiggle’ of the rein as a focus changer. For her, it was gentle, quiet, and effective. Halfway thru Day 3, she was calm, relaxed, attentive, and very willing. For me, it was a great experience! I’m sure someone more experienced would have had her there on Day 1, but for me, she was a great teacher and I won’t forget her lessons. And Joel’s. She was able to hold a soft feel longer, keep a steady circle to the left OR right, and learned (at least temporarily) to be in close proximity to other horses and feel confident. What a great clinic! Thank you, Joel!
Duchess is back under saddle again. She and Jolene had a quiet first ride in the round pen and a lovely 2nd ride in arena this evening. Duchess is coming back after some years off and settling in nicely to the work. Her gentle disposition will make is suitable to many riders and we expect her to find a home quickly. She is ready to start meeting potential adopters now! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our application online to get a chance to take this beauty home!
Duchess had another photoshoot with Jessica today, and modeled her saddle for good measure. Looking good, blondie!
Here are some photos of our new intake Duchess. Thank you, Jessica Farren!
Duchess is a lovely gentle mare that we really hope will prove to be suitable for a beginner rider. She settled into Safe Harbor last week nicely and we have lightly started groundwork as we becomes accustom to our barn and getting back into work. Overall, things are going very well. The only thing she has had trouble adjusting to is not being with a pasture mate 24/7, as she’s been accustomed to in her past life. She does well in her stall overnight but spends a lot of time looking out her window. She would prefer to live outside with a buddy so when looking for her perfect placement, it would be great to find a family that can keep her outside most of the time.
We are helping her with some basic foundation things like re-learning how to stand tied and relaxing when away from other horses. She is catching on quickly and does connect with her handler. We are starting her back to work slowly and hope to have her saddled up soon and beginning some basic riding. She needs to build up some riding muscles before asking too much. She is in great condition and does not require any physical rehabilitation. Over the next few weeks we will be finding out more about her and have a better understanding what her riding future will look like.
Meeting Duchess myself for the first time I could not stop seeing my old friend Phoenix in her eyes. I know that there is no way to really know how closely they are related but there is definitely a very strong similarity. She was sleeping in the field eating grass for crying out loud! A total Phoenix move!
Jessica Farren took some nice “woolly winter” coat intake photos of this kind mare. Can’t wait to see her coat shine as she sheds out this spring!
We welcomed back an old friend today. Duchess is a 12 year old palomino Saddlebred mare, who came to SAFE as a two year old during a major Animal Control seizure in 2008. Duchess arrived at SAFE emaciated and unhealthy with badly overgrown feet and a dreadful parasite load. She made a perfect recovery from her neglect and spent the next ten years in a wonderful home where she was loved and cared for. She was professionally started under saddle and became a great riding horse, safe enough for a beginner rider and great on the trails. In 2014, she sustained an injury and spent the next 3 years enjoying pasture rest. She made a full recovery and is now sound and healthy.
Unfortunately Duchess’ owners were no longer able to keep her, and were unsuccessful finding a new home for her in their area. The decision was made to return her to SAFE where she could get some refresher training under saddle in preparation for finding the perfect adopter. She is a tall, big bodied palomino who can easily carry a larger adult rider. She gets along very well with other horses, and is happiest in a small herd with friends. We’re starting her with groundwork and will move on to riding her soon.
Here are some photos from Duchess’ first go around as a SAFE horse and her first adoption, including her training: