Thursday Thoughts – Reputation and Transparency

Thursday Thoughts – Reputation and Transparency

This week, on my personal Facebook page, I made a post asking individuals who are Facebook friends of mine to go on Yelp and leave a one star negative review of “Cure” restaurant in Philadelphia.  I’ve never been to Cure, but was sent an article in News of the Horse showing a menu from Cure that included Horse Tartar; minced raw horse meat.  I was and still am disgusted that this restaurant would find minced raw horse meat an upper class delicacy.  I stand by my request, and am glad that I let Cure hear my voice.  If in my life I ever stop raising my voice for the horses, then I will have given up. I was shocked to have two individuals who are on my friends list make confrontational comments about my request.  How can I post scripture one day and ask for negative reviews of a restaurant the next?  That’s an easy answer; both are standing up for what is morally right.  Religion aside though, the comment continued; “what if someone went out asking for negative reviews of Safe Harbor?”  How would I feel about that? Well, this may be a surprise, but it has happened before.  We’ve dealt with hate campaigns personally and organizationally.  We dealt with them not by confronting them, but by continuing to do exactly what we do and making those that would attack us look foolish; not intentionally but simply by continuing with our mission. Reputations have a funny way of proving themselves.  By that, am I saying we’re flawless?  No!  We have had bad adoptions, bad foster homes and even mis-read an appropriate match between human and horse before.  We’ve had volunteers feel we aren’t the right organization for them, and I’m sure, though unintentionally we’ve offended more than one person as we’ve gone about our work.  Life is a work in progress.  Safe Harbor is a work in progress, but we’re always striving to grow. Our stakes are high.  Let’s take Cinna for example.  Cinna came to Safe Harbor as one of our “wildlings”.  He worked with multiple trainers, and we were thrilled when his adoption came through.  He was spectacular.  He was featured on the Homes for Horses Coalition website and Facebook page! This is what Cinna looked like when he went to his adoptive home (photo courtesy of Shea Hutsenpiller Photography): One year post adoption we followed up and all seemed well.  2 years into his adoption we found we had a bad placement. Cinna looked terrible.  We could hardly believe that this photo was our Cinna: We brought him back.  We actually paid $150 to a commercial transporter to have him picked up urgently as we...

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Fiona

Fiona

Breed: Spotted Saddle Age: 12 Height 15.1HH Fiona is a gorgeous sorrel and white pinto with fantastic conformation.  She is 15hh+, and was adopted out as a beginner broke horse in December of 2015.  Her adoptive family have not ridden her, and have decided to return her to the rescue so she can find a forever home that will be the best fit for her. She loves to be groomed ! Fiona was re-evaluated and at his moment we feel a rider with some experience or confidence will be best for her.  She can toss her head and be a little fussy about leaving the vacation at the barn, but she does not buck or kick.  Fiona leads, loads, ties and stands for the farrier.  Her adoption fee is $500. To apply to adopt Fiona, please CLICK HERE. Safe Harbor Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non profit rescue based in Middle Tennessee. Please visit our website for our adoption application, and to read more about us (including our adoption area) on our About Adopting FAQ....

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Winston and Garrett

Winston and Garrett

Breed: Belgian (Can be registered) Age: 12 Height: 17hh These two big beauties are half brothers, 6 months apart in age.  They came to rescue obese, but with proper diet and exercise are now at a healthy weight.  Winston and Garrett do not like to be separated and they need a draft experienced home to adopt them, as they are still green in their training, and are VERY VERY big. In rescue, the boys are worked with by trainer Elizabeth Howe who is ground driving them to prep them for progression to being a driving pair.  They have never been hitched.  As for riding, they have been ridden bareback.  They do require sedation for hoof trims, and are challenging to load, but hopefully all of these issues will improve with continued training. The adoption fee for this draft pair is $3,000; we are seeking a home where they will stay together. To apply to adopt Winston and Garrett, please CLICK HERE....

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Celie

Celie

Breed: Quarter Pony Size: 13.3HH Age: 24 Years If you have a young child who is ready for the first horse there are a few things you may want–short, stocky, safe, and slow come to mind–the 4 S’s that build a great start for a young rider.  Celie has all of these! She’s a former lesson pony who was abandoned at a boarding facility for 2 years.  Celie is undergoing weight gain rehab, and then we will get her back under saddle again so she will be ready for your young rider.  She’s the been there/done that pony.  She’s toted young ones for years and years, and she is a stout pony who is fine to keep on truckin’. Celie’s adoption fee is an affordable $250 and she is current on shots/coggins.  Apply to adopt by CLICKING HERE! About Her Name: Celie is the protagonist and narrator of The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Celie is a poor, uneducated black woman with a sad personal history. She survives a stepfather who abuses her and steals her babies and also survives an abusive husband. As an adult, Celie befriends and finds intimacy with a blues singer, Shug Avery, who gradually helps Celie find her voice. By the end of the novel, Celie is a happy, independent, and self-confident woman. Safe Harbor Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non profit rescue based in Middle Tennessee. Please visit our website for our adoption application, and to read more about us (including our adoption area) on our About Adopting FAQ....

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Gilbert

Gilbert

Breed: Pony Age: 15 Years Size: 13HH Gilbert Is On Hold For Rally For The Rescues Trainer’s Challenge Gilbert is a cute gaited pony, about 15 years old and 13hh.  He is training with Meridian Equine Education Institute in conjunction with Rally for the Rescues Trainer’s Challenge.  Gilbert will receive 110 days of training, and go through the competition with a child rider. This beautiful flashy boy has child’s pony written all over him!  His adoption fee is $750, and he will be able to go to his new forever home in September at the culmination of the competition.  Apply to adopt now, and be part of Gilbert’s journey through training and the competition! You can apply to adopt Gilbert by CLICKING HERE. About His Name: Gilbert was named for Gilbert Blythe from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. A handsome, smart, witty and chivalrous classmate who has a crush on Anne the moment he sees her. Unaware of Anne’s near-pathological sensitivity about her red hair, he tries to get Anne’s attention by holding her braid and calling her “Carrots!” Anne’s explosively hostile reaction only causes Gilbert to be more smitten. He makes several attempts to apologize, the failure of all of which do not seem to mar his admiration. He attempts to apologize one last time when he saves Anne from drowning; Anne crassly rebuffs this attempt, only to regret it almost immediately. Years later, he gives up his job offer of teaching at the Avonlea school so that Anne may live at Green Gables, upon which the two reconcile and become good...

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Diana

Diana

Breed: Pony Size: 14hh Age: 13 Year Diana is a lovely 13 year old pony who is reportedly Amish trained to both ride and drive.  She came to us after her owner passed away and she was left to fend for herself on a 40 acre field for 3 year.  We were told by family members that Anne and Diana were trained as a driving team.  She is ready to get back to work; fully healthy and very good natured. Diana has no complaints for saddling and bridling, handles everything like a champ, and longes beautifully.  Her weight gain is picking up quickly, and she is ready for her adoptive home! Her adoption fee is $500.  To Apply To Adopt Diana, please CLICK HERE About Her Name: Diana is named for Diana Barry, from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Anne’s bosom friend and a kindred spirit. Anne and Diana become best friends from the moment they meet. She is the only girl of Anne’s age who lives close to Green Gables. Anne admires Diana for being pretty and for her amiable disposition. Diana lacks Anne’s powerful imagination but is a loyal...

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