breed: 2003 Haflinger mare
type of rescue: owner surrender
intake date: 6/25/201
adoption date: 10/22/2011
length of time with SAFE: 4 months
ADOPTED by Diane G of Yelm WA
Lucy, along with another Haflinger named Leo, was surrendered by her owner, who could no longer care for her and was going to put both horses down. She is a typical Haflinger, sturdy in stature, sweet in nature, with a thick blond mane and tail. SAFE provided Lucy with one month of refresher training and she was ridden walk/trot/canter in lessons on a regular basis at SAFE. She was also taken on a beach trip by a SAFE volunteer and cantered happily on the sand and in the water. Her primary rider described her as “beyond fun, and beyond sweet, and will make an absolutely amazing partner for someone.” Lucy was adopted by Diane and lives happily in Yelm WA.
It was so delightful to have six former SAFE horses come out to compete at this year’s SAFE show. We love nothing more than seeing our old friends again, and nothing beats seeing them shine in the show ring! Thanks to these lovely photos by Karen Wegehenkel, you can share some of their stellar moments:
Strawberry Shortcake, also known as Maggie
Stella and Maggie were sailing high in the hunter arena! The pair took home 4th and 5th place ribbons in some very large classes, and were quite impressive together!
Miss Hot Too Belle of the Ball, also known as Bella or Opal
Bella and Lys competed in the English arena, winning ribbons in Halter, Walk Only, Walk Trot, and Walk Trot Canter! This pair has come a long way in the last year!
It was simply delightful to see Lucy again! She was an all-around horse at the show, competing in English, Western, and Trails with her adopter Diane. As you can see, Lucy is just as cute as ever!
When we heard that Jenny Lucianna would be bringing River to the show to perform their Musical Freestyle routine, we were not prepared for what a treat we were in store for. Their performance was magnificent to say the least, and it was awesome to see our boy shine on the dressage court in partnership with his new owner. We can’t wait to see more!
We were also treated to two incredible performances from Andrea Lucianna and Delilah, who demonstrated their prowess at First and Second Level. Then Delilah’s adopter Eileen took over the reins and rode her Intro Level test wearing a SAFE Show t‑shirt! Spectators could not believe that this magnificent mare was a formerly neglected rescue horse, and we’re so pleased that we got the chance to share her story!
We don’t have any photos to share yet, but Nicole and Annie dropped in at the show on Sunday to compete in the Western ring. The pair won 2nd and 3rd place ribbons in the Walk/Jog classes, and looked lovely together!!
Lucy has been at our trainer’s for the past month. They were hoping that she might work out for them as a personal trail horse and to be used in beginner riding lessons. She’s a little too hot/nervous under saddle to make a good beginner horse, however, so she has returned to SAFE and is available for adoption. Our trainer speculated that she has been ridden pretty roughly in the past as she is a bit defensive about the bit and leg aids, but she is not naughty or evasive at all. Sara rode her in a lesson the night she returned to SAFE, and she was great…she rode her walk/trot/canter without a problem, but she is a very sensitive, forward mare so not for a beginner.
A few photos: