Pistol

Pistol

Pistol is an 18 year old Small Shetland.  She has been a family pony with one of our own volunteers, and does not have any form of neglect background.  Pistol is shy and apprehensive of strangers, and exhibits this by not wanting to be caught by those she does not know.  She is very compliant once she knows you.  She has been ridden by toddlers and young children as a lead line pony and she enjoys her job very much. This lovely little mare is in need of a new home as her current owners are downsizing. We are aiding them with her placement.  Please go to our online adoption application and apply to adopt Pistol if a children’s lead line pony is in your...

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Storm

Storm

Breed: Morgan Age: 18 Height: 15.1HH Storm came to Safe Harbor when his owner could no longer afford to feed him.  He was underweight, and in need of weight gain rehab. Storm was formerly a show horse, and we were told he competed at the national level, all around including Hunter/Jumper.  We were told his registered name is Dancastle Stormwarning, but we do not have his papers to verify that, and he is being placed for adoption without verification of his registration. Storm does need to be on a low starch, high fat diet (he eats Nutrena SafeChoice Perform in rescue).  He does not maintain his weight on grass alone.  He does have current proof of negative coggins and is up to date on all vaccinations, routine deworming and hoof care.  He is well-trained and of course, broke to ride, though he has been out of work for some time. His adoption fee is...

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Learning from Patience

Learning from Patience

It was just three short months ago that we wrote an article called Duty, Honor and Responsibility–Caring For Your Senior Horse Til The End. Then, an advertisement shows up on Craigslist…Registered Quarter Horse, Free To A Good Home (Gallatin).  We’re sent the ad by those who follow us, not once, not twice, not three times, but four separate times, and in each time we let those who send it know we really aren’t in a position to help right now.  Our resources are limited. A fifth person asks.  This time, we decide we will at least try to find more of the story, and see if we can discover more about why this overly thin mare is being given away free.  Her name is Patience.  She was the owner’s childhood horse, and has been in her life her whole life.  Her owner is now in college, and the horse has suddenly lost weight due to chronic and explosive diarrhea.   This bowel issue has gone on for many weeks.  The horse did see the vet, but diagnostics cost over $400 with the vet the owner had used, and further treatment was declined. Her next step?  Free on Craigslist.  She went to a home in Kentucky from the Craigslist ad, and of course, her condition did not improve without treatment.  The “Good Home” this mare found was going to take her to auction tomorrow, July 6th. So, in spite of all of our reservations, and truly expecting the worst, our volunteer drove 3 hours round trip to bring Patience to Safe Harbor.  Our expectations were proven right when after a veterinary exam we found Patience has intestinal cancer and there was no path to save her.  At 1:08pm today, Patience was laid to rest to run free at the rainbow bridge. We simply can’t understand how the lifelong love of your life as a horse girl ended up free on Craigslist instead of humanely euthanized at home.  We want to believe it is just because people don’t understand how to work through the process of going through the final farewell with their horse.  Surely sending her off to a stranger and then to slaughter is more emotional and would make you lose far more sleep than being there to say goodbye–knowing the goodbye was peaceful and surrounded by love. Surely as horse owners, it is our duty to be there to the end for our horses.  For Patience, we were there for her at the end.  Her final moments were peaceful, but they almost were the most horrific end possible.  She was just one day away from a fate worse than death. Maybe you are nearing the time to make a...

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Toby

Toby

Toby is a 12 year old 15HH Untrained Leopard Appaloosa Gelding. TOBY IS IN REHAB.  His owners had lost their financial resources, and Toby was not being fed as a result.  He is currently in weight gain, and will be updated to adoptable status once he reaches a body score of 4 on the Henneke Scale. Once Toby is healthy we intend for him to go to Mountain Creek Farm for full training under the direction of Courtney Noel Alexander. Prior to training, Toby’s adoption fee is set at $500 and he is adoptable to a trainer level home, or an adopter willing to send him to full training.  His adoption fee will increase once training has started in the rescue.  He is accepting applications now, but is not yet cleared for...

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Maverick

Maverick

PENDING ADOPTION Maverick is a 16hh, 19 year old Tennessee Walking Horse.  He was once a ranch horse at Loretta Lynn’s ranch and is reported to be beginner broke.  Maverick came to rescue underweight and is not yet at a weight for us to put a training ride on him, so we are unable to confirm his training level at this time. MAVERICK IS IN REHAB.  His owners had lost their financial resources, and Maverick was not being fed as a result.  He is currently in weight gain, and will be updated to adoptable status once he reaches a body score of 4 on the Henneke Scale. Maverick’s adoption fee is currently set at $700.  He is accepting applications now, but is not yet cleared for...

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