|SEX: Gelding||BREED: Belgian||REGISTERED NAME: Slim Pickens|
|YOB: 2002||AGE: 17||HEIGHT:
|LOCATION: Redmond||ADOPTION FEE: TBD||Online Adoption Application|
Slim and his two herdmates were surrendered to SAFE after the sudden and unexpected death of their owner. The three horses had not received proper care for a while, and Slim in particular was underweight. His hooves were badly in need of trimming, and his flaxen mane was tied up in knots. We were told that Slim injured his back as a young horse, so he cannot carry a rider. He’s lived his life as a beloved family pet, and with his sweet and soulful nature, it’s no wonder. Slim is a giant — we haven’t measured him yet but he’s got to be pushing 19 hands in height. He’s a friendly boy, but his lack of handling has made him a bit difficult to lead. He simply goes where he wants to go. He’ll be learning new and better ways to interact with humans now that he’s a SAFE horse, and we are hopeful that we can find a great new home for this wonderful guy.
Slim, Moon, and Baby were surrendered to SAFE after the sudden and unexpected death of their owner. Their owner’s passing coincided with an unusually large amount of snowfall in this area, so friends and neighbors pulled together to take care of the horses until they could be transported to SAFE. The three horses have not received proper care for a while, and Slim, a 17 year old Belgian gelding, is underweight. His hooves are badly in need of trimming, and his flaxen mane is tied up in knots. The other two horses are Moon, a 17 year old Percheron mare, and Baby, an 11 year old Arabian mare. The two mares were in better shape, as they were dominant over the gelding, and often wouldn’t allow him to eat.
All three horses are very sweet and friendly, and have clearly been treated well. Slim reportedly suffered a back injury as a young horse, and cannot be ridden. We’re told that Moon has been ridden, and Baby, who was born on the property, had not been started.
After the snow cleared, we went to pick the horses up, and were quite surprised to see Slim in person. He is huge!! We haven’t measured him yet, but he’s got to be close to 19 hands tall. We’d already decided that he would be the first horse to load into our three‐horse trailer, but once we got him into it, we realized that we weren’t going to be fitting anyone in there with him. He pretty much filled the space! So we hauled Slim home to SAFE, then went back the next morning to get Moon and Baby. All three horses hauled well, despite their inexperience with trailering.
The three horses are currently in quarantine, and are living outside 24/7. This allows us to avoid having anyone handling them any more than necessary. Slim, while a friendly and sweet fellow, has not been handled much, and because of his size, when he wants to go somewhere, there’s not a lot that can be done to stop him! But once he’s made a full recovery, we’ll be able to start his horsemanship training and teach him some new and better ways to interact with humans. The three horses seem to have settled in well.
Want to see the new horses in person? Mark your calendars for the SAFE Open House, coming up on Saturday, April 27 from noon to 3pm. Everyone is welcome! Come say hello to our new friends!
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!