Valentine

2005 chestnut Grade mare
Registered Name: none
Type of Rescue: Animal Control Surrender
Intake Date: 1/5/21
Adoption Date: 3/24/21
Length of Time with SAFE: 3 months

ADOPTED!! by Sophia

Valentine and three ponies were seized by Animal Control after a 5th horse on the property died due to neglect. The survivors all suffered from overgrown hooves, lice, malnutrition, enormous worm loads, and lack of dental care, causing painful ulcerations in their mouths. Valentine suffered a laceration over her right eye during transport. Our vet was able to stitch the wound cleanly, and Valentine won our hearts right there and then with her kind and calm demeanor during the process. She is a good-sized mare who seems quite gentle, but we can’t tell for sure if she was a riding horses in the past or not. She now lives happily ever after as a companion horse with Sophia and another adopted SAFE alum, Tilt.

Valentine and Tilt are adopted!

Valentine, Sophia and Tilt!

Tilt and Valentine are adopted together! We are happy when we find a home for one horse, but when we get to send off two together, destined to be BFF, that makes us ecstatic! Tilt (now Korra) and Valentine (now Callie) headed to their home with Sophia last month and the two both rolled 10 times when they were first arrived. We think that is a great horse stamp of approval! The property is amazing and they have plans to expand the horse area this spring.

Sophia originally came to SAFE looking for a horse last year. She had plans to adopt our sweet Amelia and a pony friend, Boone. Sadly, Amelia passed away days before she was scheduled to leave for Sophia’s. Like all of is, Sophia was devastated, and needed some time to heal. We are grateful she came back to SAFE to find another horse from us and fell in love with Tilt and Valentine. Now they get to enjoy the good life with Sophia and we could not be happier for them.

Tilt

Valentine

Tilt after a grooming session

Valentine enjoying a snooze in the sun

 

Who’s your Valentine?

Who’s your Valentine?

This week was the first time Terry worked with Valentine in the round pen. She doesn’t appear to have had much formal training and she is very sticky getting her to get on her hind and change directions off the halter lead. She is especially stuck in her right hind. It could possibly be an old injury or lameness. We will continue her rehabilitation and watch for soundness issues.

Valentine was recently moved from 24 hour turnout to inside the barn at night. We have been working more on leading from her stall to her turnout. She is making progress and becoming more responsive! Valentine had a lot of difficulties with the farrier visit this week so we will start getting her comfortable giving to pressure on her hooves.

Four new faces (or 16 new hooves) at SAFE

Four new faces (or 16 new hooves) at SAFE

On January 5, 2021, we welcomed four new horses to SAFE. These three ponies and one full sized mare had been seized by Animal Control after a 5th horse on the property died due to neglect. The survivors all suffered from overgrown hooves, lice, malnutrition, and lack of dental care, causing painful ulcerations in their mouths. They also have enormous worm loads, which we are treating careful to rid them of while avoiding an overload of toxins to their systems. The four horses seized are:

Valentine, a 16 year old grade mare, who suffered a laceration over her right eye during transport. Our vet was able to stitch the wound cleanly, and Valentine won our hearts right there and then with her kind and calm demeanor during the process. She is a good-sized mare who seems quite gentle, but we can’t tell for sure if she was a riding horses in the past or not. She’s very cute, with a huge blaze and a bright chestnut coat. Getting to know her will be an enjoyable process!

Sundae is a brown and white pinto pony with two blue eyes. She is estimated to be 25 years old. She’s reluctant to be touched, but she’s curious, so it probably won’t be too long before she comes around. Sundae will be offered as a companion. She’s a small pony, standing 11.0hh.

Breve is also a small pony (11.0hh). She’s a lovely chocolate palomino with a pretty blaze and one white foot. She’s estimated to be 4.5 years old, so she may have a future ahead as a riding pony. She’s also pretty shy, a little more so than Breve, but she’s getting accustomed to being caught and handled. 

Razin is the smallest of the group at 10hh and he looks very much like a baby, but his teeth show that he’s at least 4 years old. He looks like he might be a cross between a pony and a mini horses. He’s very dark bay with a bleached mane and tail, a star and snip, and two socks on his hinds. Razin is not down with being caught or touched, but he’s already learning to be haltered and led. He’s got a lot of energy. He may be suitable for carrying a small child at some point, but he might do better as a cart pony.

Our new charges are settling in well. We were informed by Animal Control that their old owner had 4 more ponies hidden on his property, including two pony stallions, a pony mare, and a 6 month old. He has surrendered these to Animal Control, so they are likely to be arriving at SAFE by the end of this month.