description: 2002 bay Hanoverian/TB cross gelding
type of rescue: owner/veterinarian surrender
intake date: 10/20/2011
adoption date: 11/22/2014
length of time with SAFE: 3 years, 1 month
ADOPTED!! by Michel H of Lake Tapps WA
Strider’s Story: On August 9, 2011, a barn fire at Dutch Mills Farm left 6 horses dead and 4 badly injured. Strider was one of the horses that survived, suffering burns over his entire topline. After the fire, he was moved to NWESC where he was cared for by Dr Hannah Evergreen. Two months after the tragedy, Strider’s owner, who was facing financial hardship before the fire occurred, was unable to continue to pay for his care. Dr Hannah turned to SAFE for help and in October 2011, SAFE took ownership of this horse.
Strider continued to receive treatment for his burns and his healing progressed up to a point, but by early 2012, it had slowed considerably. In February 2012, Dr Hannah Mueller performed a skin graft procedure to accelerate the healing process. The skin graft was a success and Strider’s back almost completely healed.
Strider found his forever home when he and Skye were adopted together by a family in Lake Tapps WA. They continued caring for his back, and finally reached a point in healing where he could be saddled comfortably. Against all odds, Strider became a riding horse again.