Zaranna

Zaranna

Breed: Arabian Age: 30 Gender: Mare Zaranna came to rescue with her lifelong friend Renee (Renee passed away in September 2014). Their owner had them for their entire life, but was suffering from dementia and headed to hospice. We were able to arrange to be the foster home for her horses and donkey which provided a great deal of peace and comfort to her family during a very difficult time. Zaranna is our in our Sanctuary program. Though Zaranna was emaciated on arrival to rescue as a result of her owner’s illness she has fully rehabbed through care from her foster mom, and is now being loved and ridden by the kids in her foster home.  She is an excellent confidence builder. Zaranna will live the rest of her life at our Pegram foster farm. Zaranna is in full retirement, so will not be adopted out.  Her forever foster family will shower her with love and kisses so she will know she is always valued. To Sponsor Zaranna or another sanctuary horse, please CLICK HERE. We would like to offer our special thanks to Kathy Niess for her donation of a dental float for Zaranna.   Zaranna is having her first Christmas with Safe Harbor, but remembers Christmas well as her former mom who passed away this year loved her deeply. She says, “Hi! My name is Zaranna, and I am a 30 year old Arabian sanctuary horse at Safe Harbor. I’ve been with Safe Harbor since February. My former mom had Alzheimers. When she was well she took the best care of me that anyone ever could, but things changed once she got sick, and I ended up losing a LOT of weight. When I came to rescue I was emaciated, but I got food (3 servings every day!), dental care, vet care, blankets, and lots of love. I really have all of the essentials, but old ladies need to have fun, too. This Christmas, my wish list is all about having fun since life has gotten so good again. I want braided hair and sparkly hooves, the three little girls in my foster home can’t wait to have beauty salon days with me to remind me of just how special I am to them. You can see my Christmas Wish List by clicking here, or clicking the picture of the ornament above! I hope you have a very Merry...

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Star

Star

Breed: Appaloosa Age: 11 Gender: Mare Size: 14hh Star came to us in an extremely painful state. Star’s dam’s name is Ms. Star Unique, and she does have Impressive in her lineage.   We did send off for a full genetic panel on Star and she tested negative for all disorders (including HERDA, HYPP, EPSM, and others).  After her genetic profile ruled out a congenital disorder we went through other diagnostics revealing that Star suffered a back injury and stifle injury at a young age.  We suspect she may have fallen down a hill at some point before her 5th birthday and the injury was not treated at the time it occurred. Star is a complex medical case. In order to keep her with a good quality of life she is on the medications Prevacox and Roboflaxin daily. She also receives weekly therapeutic massage. A Safe Harbor supporter donated a Back on Track sheet for her which also helps with inflammation issues. This beautiful girl has a very sweet nature, and deserves every chance to live a very full and happy life.  To assure her needs are met for the remainder of her life Star was transferred into our Sanctuary Program. She will remain with Safe Harbor for the duration of her time in rescue. Star’s monthly cost of care is approximately $250. Please consider sponsoring her to help support her cost of care and allow us to continue helping horses like...

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Nor’Easter

Nor’Easter

Nor’Easter is a 20-something Appaloosa Mare.  She was abandoned in Northern Sumner County, TN….presumably because Nor’E has some health issues.  She is a very gentle horse, but Nor’E has extensive cartilage buildup in her rear hock from an old injury, which has left her comfortable on her own, but too lame to be ridden.  She does take bute off and on if she has a bad arthritis day. In addition to her swollen hock, Nor’Easter suffers from benign melanomas.  Right now, she has masses on each side of her face, and on the underside of her tail muscle.  For now, Dr.’s orders are to watch and observe.  Nor’Easter did not respond to prescription medications, but we tried alternative therapy with her, and she has done very well, and even recovered with the use of Turmeric Paste which her foster mom makes for her. Nor’Easter eats senior feed, and takes a daily joint supplement to ease her arthritis.  She has great quality of life, and is BFF’s with her foster family’s gelding, Butch.  If you would like to sponsor Nor’Easter, please consider a donation to Safe Harbor!  As a sanctuary mare, Nor’Easter will live with Safe Harbor for the rest of her life, and get all the love, care, and support she needs.   Nor’Easter is celebrating her second Christmas with Safe Harbor. When asked what she wanted in her stocking this year, she said, “Last year at Christmas I was very very sick. I heard Foster Mom and Dad say many times that they were afraid I was not going to make it. I’m a fighter though, and with their help and alternative treatment with Turmeric Paste (my prescriptions just weren’t working), I was able to get well again. This Winter I would like to be able to stay warm and have therapy for my leg–oh, and peppermints. Peppermints sound really good right now.         You can purchase from my registry by clicking here!“...

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Kit Kat

Kit Kat

Age: 32 Breed: Tennessee Walking Horse Gender: Mare Kit Kat is a special needs senior who will live the remainder of her life with Safe Harbor as she has experienced a lot of unkindness in her life.  She came to us a skeleton–we really weren’t sure she would make it, but she has slowly rejuvenated and gotten well.  Her feet show signs of cruel and inhumane treatment–scarring from spiked shoes and soring.  Her body has all the hallmarks of over-breeding, but through it all Kit Kat has a calm and gentle demeanor and simple wants gentle TLC. As we see with many of our horses that have experienced cruelty, Kit Kat is generally always calm around children.  We think she senses the innocence of children, and it sets her at ease.  She does get nervous with the farrier, and needs a person she knows and trusts to be with her and re-assure her that she won’t be hurt–not surprising given the evidence of abuse that will stay forever in her feet. She is a favorite around the main farm, as she has slowly relearned to trust and knows that every hand that reaches for her is there to offer comfort, and not pain.  Kit Kat has started her own custom physical therapy program.  She is on arthritis supplements, and you will find her jogging on lead line with one of our volunteers, and occasionally ponied off another horse at walk on a ride around the farm.  This keeps her engaged and alert, and brings joy to her life, since her days of ride-ability are in the past. That said, she is a very special needs horse.  In the winter she eats pure alfalfa hay because she cannot chew orchard/timothy, and Bermuda will not maintain her weight.  She eats Triple Crown Senior, with 2 servings daily, totaling approximately 12 pounds.  She takes a daily arthritis supplement, and every 6 weeks takes a 3 week run of an immune booster.  She is also on probiotics and weight builders.  During the winter months she stays on a blanket rotation, and on especially cold nights her foster mom has even gotten up multiple times during the night to provide her with warm apple juice to keep her hydrated and warm. We would like to acknowledge some very special people who have made Kit Kat’s forever spot in Safe Harbor possible: Katie Flynn – for her donation of a Back on Track Therapeutic Blanket for Kit Kat Dawn Roberts – for a new Winter blanket for Kit Kat for Winter 2014   This is Kit Kat’s second Christmas at Safe Harbor. She knew it was coming up again and said, “Last year Miss Katie got me...

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Talbott

Talbott

Talbott is a Silver Appleyard Drake, and he is most well known around the Sanctuary as Sport’s boyfriend. Like most good boyfriends, Talbott looks to Sport for guidance, tells her how beautiful she is, looks after her, and pretty much does whatever she wants to do, whenever she wants to do it. If that means a Sunday afternoon swim or a stroll from the pond to the creek, then stroll they will. Talbott will generally be found one duck foot behind Sport’s tail feather, and he is rarely, if ever out of her sight. Talbott is a gorgeous boy with a beautiful deep blue green...

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Sport

Sport

Young Sport is a Silver Appleyard duck.  She came to us from a hoarding situation, but she was still a juvenile then.  She bonded to Lucinda as if Lucinda were her mother, and Lucy Goosey really took her under her wing.  Sport can essentially do no wrong in Lucy’s eyes, so she is a very self-confident duck.  Sport is the most human friendly of the birds at the Sanctuary, and will sometimes let Joel, who is her primary caretaker pet her.  She is shy of strangers though, and prefers the company of the other birds to people.  On most days, you’ll find her wandering around the pond, or nestled in the willows having a rest.  She and Talbott are boyfriend and girlfriend, and are a great bonded...

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