Reba

Reba

Reba is an 8 year old Tennessee Walking Horse, approx. 14 hands tall. Reba is broke to ride, but has an old injury to her right knee that will prevent her from being a riding horse. Reba originally came to Safe Harbor as part of a Franklin County neglect case. She returned to us earlier this year from an adoptive home that failed to provide adequate care. Luckily, Reba is an easy keeper. Her main requirement is regular farrier care to maintain her comfort. She would likely also benefit from a joint supplement. Reba’s ideal home would be as a companion for a quiet senior horse. She is not the type to run and play, but is more passive and calm. Reba has good ground manners and is handled by pre-teens in her foster home. Her fee is waived to an approved home....

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Images of Hope Saturday, September 15

Images of Hope Saturday, September 15

Brittney Broadrick Photography will be hosting mini-sessions at the Safe Harbor Training Center on Saturday, September 15, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. These specially-priced sessions are available by appointment, and 75% of the proceeds will benefit Safe Harbor! Brittney has very generously donated the photo shoot of JoeBabe and she does beautiful work. If you’ve been wanting to have professional photographs made of your horse, don’t miss this special event! Additional information and appointments may be scheduled on Brittney’s...

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Neglected stray pony joins Harbor Herd

Neglected stray pony joins Harbor Herd

Lil Bae joined the Safe Harbor herd on July 10 after being found as a ‘stray’ by Metro (Nashville) Animal Care & Control in the late night hours of July 9. She was found wandering in the Goodlettsville area of Brick Church Pike. MACC is interested in talking with anyone who may know Bae’s origins or owners. Those with information can call 615-862-7928. Bae was examined by a veterinarian on the afternoon of July 10. She was found to be a BCS 1, suffering from extreme malnutrition. Her hooves are somewhat overgrown and her coat is in terrible shape due to her neglect. Bae was started on re-feeding protocol to begin her long return to health. She will be vaccinated once her body is stronger. At 20 years old, this pony is really just in her prime of life. Did she escape and leave others in her condition behind? Was she dumped off by someone hoping to avoid prosecution for her condition? We may never know her full story, but we know that she is safe now. We are accepting donations for Lil Bae’s recovery. If you would like to donate, you may do so here, or by mail at: Safe Harbor Equine & Livestock Sanctuary, PO Box 22, Cottontown, TN 37048. Thank you for your continued support of animals like Lil...

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Novella

Novella

Breed: TWH Age: 21 (approx) Size: 15.1 hh Gender: Mare Novella is a 21 year old Tennessee Walking Horse that originally joined Safe Harbor in Operation Free At Last, a legal seizure in White County, TN.  She came rescue with a yearling on her side, and having recently miscarried a foal. She was a body score of 1. Novella returned to Safe Harbor earlier this year due to an adopter who did not follow guidelines of care. She has spent a couple months regaining weight, seeing the vet and farrier, and is now clear for adoption. At 21, she does need an easier job, although she will benefit from hill work and rides to help rebuild her topline. We recommend an intermediate rider for her at this time. She has a very sweet disposition and leads, loads, ties, and stands for the farrier. Her adoption fee is...

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Veterinary References and Why They Matter

Veterinary References and Why They Matter

When you apply to adopt a horse with us, we ask for a veterinary reference. You might wonder why this is important, especially if you’ve been blessed with healthy animals that haven’t required emergency care. Consider a friend of mine who rescued a neglected dog from an ad on Craigslist. She brought the dog home and immediately scheduled her spay surgery, deworming and vaccinations. She was able to have the dog seen within days because of her existing relationship with the veterinary clinic. If she applied to adopt an animal from us, she could provide this veterinarian as a reference even though she hasn’t previously owned horses. Consider also the importance of a veterinarian seeing your animals once a year, minimum. An annual exam will check baseline vitals for any abnormalities, can check teeth for sharp edges and float if needed, and vaccinate against diseases that would otherwise be deadly – such as tetanus, encephalitis, and rabies. For those who chose not to vaccinate, we recommend having a veterinarian check your animals’ titer levels to ensure they are, in fact, protected. The once per year examination also provides a fringe benefit – by maintaining that relationship with the person who you are going to need, sooner or later, for an emergency. Whether your horse cuts himself and needs stitches, comes up lame after a day of frolicking in the pasture, drops some weight and causes you concern, or shows signs of colic – you are going to want to have an established relationship with a veterinarian. I cannot imagine anything more terrifying than seeing my horse obviously needing veterinary attention and not knowing where to turn. Imagine having to Google “equine veterinarian in _(your town)_” and calling every number trying to find someone available to come to your farm RIGHT THAT MINUTE as you watch your horse suffer. So many of the horses that come through our care come from a previous life of very minimal care. The least we can do for them is to ensure their new life is better than their old life. This is why a positive reference from a veterinarian is important to us. This is why we ask. And, we are always very happy to provide recommendations and support to adopters who are new to...

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