description: 2008 black & white Paint gelding
type of rescue: owner surrender
intake date: 12/12/2012
adoption date: 7/16/2013
length of time with SAFE: 7 months
ADOPTED!! by Jenny Lucianna of Arlington WA
River, a young black & white paint stallion, came to SAFE in an emaciated condition with a severe parasite load, lice, a poor coat, overgrown hooves, and facial indentations from a halter that was too small for him. He was gelded in late December 2012, and began his new life as a regular horse with friends both horse and human. His delightful friendly personality quickly made him a favorite among his rescuers! River went into full training with Andrea Lucianna. Since River had always been a very well mannered young horse, personable and gentle, we had high hopes for him as a riding horse. Once training started, however, we discovered that River lacked confidence and needed to be brought along very slowly to avoid causing him undue stress. In order to give him the extra time he needed, SAFE elected to provide River with an additional 30 days of training with Andrea. This was made possible by a grant that SAFE receive front he ASPCA Equine Fund to assist with our training program. The extra time in training, along with plenth of good, old fashion kindness and patience was the key to success, and River finished his training going beautifully at all three gaits. He did so well, in fact, that he never did end up coming back home to SAFE — River was adopted by Andrea’s mother Jenny Lucianna, a Grand Prix dressage rider herself. Jenny loves River’s energy and his work ethic and not long after his adoption, he made his schooling show debut at Training Level with Jenny in the saddle.