George

SEX: Gelding BREED: Yakima Reservation Wild Horse    
COLOR: Buckskin MARKINGS: stripe

For Advanced Rider

 

 
DOB: June 2018 AGE: 3 HEIGHT: 13.3 hh
WEIGHT: 700 lbs
LOCATION: Redmond
ADOPTION FEE: $4,000
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George was a young stallion when we met him. He was wild and untouchable, but VERY curious about the new people who kept showing up with food. We were instantly charmed by this handsome young man. He was moved to SAFE in preparation for gelding before being adopted but the adoption fell through and he ended up becoming a SAFE horse.

We transformed him into a happy gelding and started teaching him some basic skills, like wearing a halter and leading. In 2020, George began horsemanship work in preparation for being started under saddle. When it came time for a rider to climb on board, George was extremely well prepared, and starting him as a riding horse was very straight-forward. He is still quite green, but going very well at all three gaits, and ready to be offered for adoption. We’re looking for a rider with green horse experience who will continue George’s training to ensure a solid future for this young horse. George has a sweet, friendly personality, and he seems to like everyone. He plays well with other horses, and…did we mention?…he is gorgeous!!

Video Update: George

Video Update: George

Check out this training video update of Joel Connor working with George. The video was taken during our Joel Connor Clinic in June 2021.

 

The Limelight Pet Project: George, Barb and Jill

The Limelight Pet Project: George, Barb and Jill

George, Barb and Jill were recently featured by the Limelight Pet Project! Limelight’s mission is to shine a light on harder to adopt pets and tell the stories of the people helping them. These three horses were all started under saddle recently and are very young. They will all need to go to homes with very advanced riders who have experience with green horses.

We know there are homes out there for them, we just have to find them the right person. We’re grateful to the Limelight Pet Project for helping to illuminate their stories. Check out the two videos below!

Here is the full interview.

This video is a short highlight of the three horses at only a minute and a half.

Boy George

Boy George

Our curious boy, George was recently featured by the Limelight Pet Project, along with two other mares, Barb and Jill, who came from the Fall City 40. The Limelight Pet Project helps shine the light on pets who are harder to adopt. Check out their video below.
George is still young and has just been started under saddle so we are looking for an adopter who is a pretty experienced rider. His adopter will need to have access to a round pen and current experience riding green horses themselves; or they need to have a plan in place to work with a professional for at least the next year. At this point in his education,George will not find success with a casual, amateur rider.
With horses like George, who are young and on the smaller side physically, we are very careful not to put too many difficult rides or long periods of training on him. We are bringing him along slowly, giving him periods of time off in between consecutive rides. George currently walks, trots, and canters under saddle, but he tends to be on the lazier side. If he is allowed to become dull, he could lose his connection with his rider and we worry he will overreact if something “scary” happens around him. By not overworking him while he is still growing, we are helping him stay connected and be punctual with his responses.
George spends his leisure time at SAFE in a paddock with another gelding, Owen, who is helping him learn horse manners. Being such a youngster, he has so much to learn and luckily Owen is a great teacher. George is a beautiful horse with a fun personality. If you rub his lip just right, he will flip up it up and “smile” pretty much on command like in the picture above. We are excited to continue our work with George and look forward to finding him the perfect home.

Joel Conner Clinic Report: George!

Joel Conner Clinic Report: George!

It isn’t often that we get young, unstarted horses at SAFE, but we have four fillies and colts coming two or three within the next year. With the support of Joel Conner, SAFE has a solid, progressive plan to ensure the successful start of our youngsters.

George’s journey toward becoming a riding partner began in June with the first saddling. To prepare for the saddle, I got George into the round pen and freed up his feet by yielding the forequarters and hindquarters, and got the rope around his cinch area. He was nonreactive to the rope, so I started throwing the saddle pad on his back and made sure he was ok being touched in the cinch area. Once that checked out, we had the saddle on. George lined out quickly in the round pen, so we got to work changing eyes. By the end of the week, George was looking more mature, and was moving out easily with the saddle.

Over the next couple of months, I’ll saddle George a couple times a week, and begin working with the tarp and bumping him up to the fence. The goal will be to put the first few rides on him in September, and then turn him out until he turns three and is ready to be started in earnest. George is a sensitive guy, and he could have the tendency to become ornery if mishandled. However, I’m confident that with the start we have planned, he will become a gentle, willing partner.

George’s Roots Are Showing

Meet George!

Meet George!

Back in August, we were called upon to help find homes for a group of wild horses we dubbed the Fall City 40. In the two weeks that we had access to these horses, we placed 14 of them into new homes. We also ended up taking one of the horses into our rescue program. For our protection, we kept quiet about this horse but it’s now possible to share his existence with the world.

George was a young stallion when we met him. He was wild and untouchable, but VERY curious about the new people who kept showing up with food. We were instantly charmed by this handsome young man. He was moved to SAFE in preparation for gelding before being adopted but the adoption fell through and he ended up becoming a SAFE horse. We transformed him into a happy gelding and started teaching him some basic skills, like wearing a halter and leading. He’s also spent a little time getting used to being in a stall, and he now spends his days in the company of two other SAFE geldings, Valor and Anderson.

George seems to love his new life, which isn’t too big a surprise considering he’s fed lovely hay four times a day. The only thing he’s really objected to was being vaccinated, but that’s understandable since he’s never had shots before! He’s learned to stand for the farrier, and he’s quite easy to catch and lead. In short, everything is looking up for good old George!

We estimate George’s age at 18 months, so he’s got some growing up to do before he starts learning advanced horse skills like carrying a rider. But he’s already getting the benefit of horsemanship and groundwork, and he shows a lot of promise. As a SAFE horse, George won’t be offered for adoption until he’s well started, but he’s a good example of what might be able to be expected from the other horses from his herd. Those horses should be available to experienced adopters within the next three weeks. Visit http://mayday.safehorses.org for more information!

 

 

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George’s Friends:

1. George & Donna G.

2. Maureen S.

3. Tami L.

4. Anna W.

5. Lindsey P.

6. Amy J.

7. Kirsten R.

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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!

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