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auction last Monday and there was only
the one horse and we brought her home.
The vet checked her out on Sat (Dr. Grant
Miller) and pronounced her healthy and
sound. A 4 yr old 16 hand papered TB that
never raced; well mannered and supposedly
broke to ride. Needs groceries.
She had some rain rot and open sores to
deal with as well as very splayed hooves
but all that is getting fixed. (Thank
you once again to Linda
Cowles . A wonderful barefoot trimmer!
) She is a lovely unspoiled gal who is
still people positive. We
have a foster lined up that may be her
adoptive home as well. We named her Sierra.
I outbid the Mexican "gamers" at auction
as well as turned them down in the parking
lot. They liked her long long legs.....
Thank you for making her new life as a
family horse possible.
The Roseville Auction has mysteriously
closed its doors. I am wondering if we
will be seeing an
influx of more horses at the Petaluma
SAFER needs more fosters homes . The
one out in Glen Ellen I am losing to divorce.
If I get a qualified foster this week
I can go next week to auction or intake
owner surrenders. A foster must be able
to feed twice a day and be horse savvy
enough to handle a horse and know when
it is ailing. It is SO important to keep
as many horses as possible a part of our
local economy. It is the second largest
business driver in Sonoma County and thus
an important part of the economic stability
here. We cant afford to have it
SAFER needs volunteer hay barns to store
hay at several places around the county
for our foster and Hay Assistance Program.
We are offering to deliver hay and feed
to qualified folks who are trying to hang
on to their horses (no clique intended....)
and still have a place for the horses
to be. Please call if you have a dry space
that we might use. Tax deductible.
There is a wonderful hand made horse quilt
being raffled off to benefit Safe Haven
See it here: http://beginnersmarketingclass.com/safehaven.html
The upshot of all the emails concerning
the three (safe) horses up in Clearlake
is that a group has been gathered to address
any assistance the city or county might
need in the event of a seizure. This
was very positive. Thank you to
all that responded. Please contact Angie
Herman to be a part of that: email@example.com.
We still need a retirement home for Loni
. They would be divine together
although they are not now. I know there
is an empty horse home out there that
would love to have their interesting personalities
around to brighten the days. They are
both a lot of fun! In a GOOD way.
There is a feedlot just outside of Santa
Rosa. We know who the owners are. They
ship up to 2 trucks a week to slaughter
and do not allow the public to buy from
them or visit there. They are also breeding
TB racers. I have a feeling that is where
the county's pets are going. Please
do not give your horse away without previewing
the home and calling the references and
having a contract in place. Call
us instead - 707-824-9543. Hopefully we
will have some good fosters by then. Reach
out to foreclosure situations you come
upon and let them know their options.
Thank you to all who are helping both
people and their horses during this time.
The two are interwoven here in our NorthBay
was at the auction on Monday and there were NO horses! That
is good as we only have raised $1300 so far - many many
THANKS to our donators!! I never know if I should mention
names; like first names and last initial. What do you think?
will be going to the auction next Monday as well. Joe Shelton
out at TB Friends
in Woodland has been talking about a Feedlot outside of
Santa Rosa that houses about 50 horses. I don't know the
location. Do you? Two trucks a week leave from there for
slaughter in Mexico EVERY WEEK. They do not give access
to outside buyers apparently. Joe is trying to find a way
to buy from them. I spoke with him and I know he is just
wishing to make a very discrete inquiry. But I just wish
that Sonoma was AWARE of these numbers. PLEASE let people
know. Breeding of any kind does not make sense in the face
of the kinds of numbers that are being killed.These are
not old and sick.They are yearlings and broodmares and pets
caught in the economic crisis. A group of aware and concerned
citizens can really make a difference if we are willing
to risk the displeasure of our neighbors when we explain
why breeding at this time is contributing to this tragedy.
now have a program for Hay Assistance. Folks who are truly
in need and trying to keep their horses can get some feed
for short term situations. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will send the paperwork.
are still a backup for the last TB up at the ClearLake facility.I
am SPEAKING with them. Please no more emails. Thanks. Still
need mostly companion homes for Loni
may be losing our main intake facility as it may be sold
in January. Please give some thought and action as to where
we might have a paddock or pasture - WITH supervision.We
will pay for feed, farrier and vet. We have insurance.And
we can feature that place on our website.At the barn where
I board THREE HORSES have been added because of folks being
introduced to the rescued horses.
is a wonderful horse property for sale in south Sebastopol.
It has 36 acres and many barns. No doubt it will be a vineyard
instead. Sigh. The price is certainly right. It is Listing
tuned - we are all making a difference in the way our community
views its responsibility to our fellow earth inhabitants.
Never doubt it. We are all connected and in this together.
note that the 3 horses up at the Clearlake Animal Control
have been on our radar from the first (of 30!!) emails.
I called the gal in charge and let her know we would be
a back up. As of tonight 2 horses have been placed in good
local homes where they can be monitored. The third still
needs a home. They will not be euthanized (unless injured)
or sent to auction. We need to keep a focus on Lake County
horses as - very sadly- it seems that the City of Clearlake
will no longer be sending animals to the County Animal Control.
All animal issues will now be handled by Police Dispatch.
This is not a good thing for the animals. Would
anyone in Clearlake
be a liaison for SAFER with the Police Dept for Equine issues??
If someone would provide that human bandwidth - SAFER will
try to help.
has been a wild summer. We have placed all the horses except
Loni. We have assisted in the rehoming of many horses over
the phone and email. Please remember that anyone can post
their horses for free on our website. Please direct them
to the page "Listing A Horse" for the pictures
and information that will help them be successful. I will
do a full page spread on each one listed if I have the info.
In addition SAFER seems to be in the business of educating
folks phone call by phone call on the issues we are now
having with so many surplus horses and so few homes. Please
take a stand and discourage ANY breeding FOR THE TIME BEING.
had 3 trips this fall that had only a week or 10 days between
them. That made it hard to do an intake and I apologize
for being out of touch.
we are ready now!! Please use our Paypal or send a check
to help us save another round of souls!! (9501 Mill Station
Rd Sebastopol 95472). A little from many is really sustaining
- although those who can send more are truly Sonoma Angels.
You have no idea what it can be like to look into those
faces....somebody's pets many times. They are so terrified
and dispairing....such emotional creatures as you all know;
with a huge capacity to suffer. I think most people look
at a horse just standing in a field and think that they
are pretty numbed out. But I know that to be a horse is
to live in SUCH a rich panorama of emotional communication
- its all they can do to just stand there and participate
still have Loni to find a home for. A wonderful opportunity
fell though as a companion to a lonely single horse. Wife
nixed another horse. Sigh. She is SUCH a sweet girl. Plus
she fell and sustained a gnarly injury a couple of months
ago but that has healed completely and beautifully thanks
to her wonderful foster Mom - Susan Simons. ( Cost us $1000
tho.....)But Lovely Loni needs a permanent home ASAP. She
is so easy to care for even when injured. She is a love.
Please keep your ears and hearts open to a nice companion
home for this girl. See her at Loni .
was returned as the adopter did not have the time for him.
He now has a chance at being a therapy horse at Cornerstone
with Wendy Walker. He would be good at it I just know if
only our boy gets a chance. I hear lots of changing info
about the horses they have to use so I hope he does get
his chance. In the meantime he is not really adopted - just
fostered there so is technically still available. He is
a real hoot to have around - VERY connected to his person.
Lets wish him and the Cornerstone Program the best of luck.
is doing very well at the Humane Society working with the
children. So far there is no sign of his Sarcoma returning....but
it may be many months before we know for sure. Cloud Mountain,
Redsky and Aleaya the little Arab are all doing very well
at Harvest Moon Ranch - each one adopted by people there!
Regina is doing well at her new home too.
have started our Hay Assistance Program. Folks that are
willing to fill out our application and give documentation
can get donations of hay to tide them over for short periods
of time. This works very well for folks that are truly wanting
to keep their horses and have a good chance of getting back
into the black and able to do that. Much easier than finding
homes for horses - that somebody else already loves....
we have had our first death. Melody
has passed. She died of strangulation colic at her adopters
home very recently. She was not allowed to suffer and was
greatly mourned by both Boe; her companion horse and her
family. We never really knew how old Melody was. She was
at least 27 and could have been well into her 30's. What
a lovely home and a good end for a wonderful equine presence.
I am so very grateful to Diane Hinkley for giving her that
home. A horse could not have asked for better; and I believe
it raises the human vibe to have conducted this relationship
in such a loving and responsible manner. RIP Melli.
more of the auction rescues went to their new home this
morning. That left Redsky all alone and grieving. I moved
her down into the large front paddock at Jeff's place where
she could be next to the two little donkeys in their pens.
She was pretty upset. I stayed with her for a couple of
hours and she finally settled somewhat. Hope her new home
comes forward soon. See her here.
and Renalto got on their bus with a little coaxing and off
they went. We are promised some pictures from their new
Mom and I will be posting them on the adopted page. This
is what it's all about - taking them from danger to a forever
home. It's very satisfying and I hope all you contributors
out there feel that too. It's also a little sad - when you
have gotten to know them so well - to walk the empty pasture.
Horses are such emotional creatures - the spaces where they
have been hold that charge for a long time. Regina was so
sweet and whenever I think of Renalto - it always will make
the new horses listed under Horses Available - Riding Horses.
Jeff LaGrave is doing a wonderful job as a Foster Dad! This
morning he brought the Arab Mare - now Aaleaya - to her
new home in Sebastopol all the way from Glen Ellen. THANK
YOU JEFF. Here she is in her new home:
see our special auction page here
us luck. Myself and two volunteers, Tamia LaGrave and Dawn
Marie are off tomorrow to meet up with Tawnee (NorCal Equine
Rescue) at the Roseville auction. We have room for 5 horses.
They will be brought to Jeff
LaGrave's place in Glen Ellen for quarantine and then
- hopefully- off to adoption. I have hopes that Tawnee will
work with us at the Petaluma auction as well. We will be
discussing that and many other things that will be good
to learn from one so experienced - and young!
Michelle from Harvest Moon Ranch and myself will be taking
Jesse down to the surgical
center at Steinbeck Equine Clinic in Salinas for his pro
bono operation to remove his tumor. He will then be
going to his new adoption home - the Sonoma Humane Society's
Forget Me Not Farm where he will star in their children's
has her forever home and is doing wonderfully under the
care of her new Mom.
are the two horses that we picked up 2 months ago described
to the auction last Monday and bought the two horses that
were there. Everyone laughed at the old mare as her ribs
were showing and all her bones stuck out. She looked desparate.
I paid .06 a pound for her life. I named her Melody. She
led and loaded up very easily. Twenty four hours later she
looked like a different horse. No ribs or jutting bones.
I have never seen anything like it. She was severely dehydrated.
Who knows the last time she had had a drink of water. A
simple bucket of water... They might have gotten more money
for her..... She passed very compacted dry manure and ate
up her mash and hay. According to the vet - Dr Grant Miller
- she is about a 3.5 on the body scale and actually in good
health. Her feet were platters but her teeth were recently
floated. Katie Moore from Watermark farm transported for
us and clipped of some of her excess hoof. Linda Cowles
will be out to do her feet next Monday.
is a very resilient horse. She has good feet and is sound;
said to be broke to ride, she is actually about 27 around
14.2 hands and very gentle and easy to handle. Somebody
loved on her probably a good deal of her life. I have a
feeling she will be that perfect grandkid material. We will
be evaluating her for that job. With her basic resilience
I bet she has another 5-7 years on her. Nice halter marks...huh.
See more of her here.
there was a dark bay gelding they said was 19. Well - turns
out he is around 10. Said to be broke to drive and ride.
Its clear someone has worked with him a lot in any case.
What a cutie. I named him Jesse James. He really takes care
of the old mare. For all we know she could be his mother.
He is in pretty good shape; needs hoof trimming badly and
about 80 more pounds but is generally sound. Outbid a Mexican
fellow....got him for .12 a pound. He does have an old benign
tumor on his hind hock. Sound in spite of that. The vet
said we could try some cryotherapy (freezing) and that is
what we are doing. It's very inexpensive. We will see if
it works at all in the next two weeks. His teeth are good
- recently floated. Loads easily, stands for vet and farrier....all
and all a well trained guy. We will evalutate in a couple
weeks. See more here.
you believe Kate's new pic of Walter! (SeeMarch 16th below)
Its only been a few weeks...
took the two older Arabs to their new home last Monday.
See their pictures and captions.....HERE
as well as new pics of the Mini family- Click on the pic
have had a generous donation by Kate Schaffner of panels
and equipment to make a small paddock for our quarantine
needs; hosted by Michelle at Harvest Moon Ranch in Sebastopol.
THANK YOU KATE and MICHELLE! And more fabulous news from
Kate - she has accepted a homeless thoroughbred from Joe
Shelton out at TB Friends. He is about the cutest thing
I ever saw in an adult horse; with Winnie the Pooh ears
and a little smile. He has a lot more to smile about these
days. Here are his pictures upon arrival:
had Dr Grant Miller come out to give Walter an assessment,
dental work and shots. Here is her report: "Dr. Miller
diagnosed his right front as Pedal Osteitis as a result
of chronic laminitis with some ringbone thrown in for good
measure. Thought it was probably caused by some trauma to
the hoof. Poor Walter also had his teeth done, blood
drawn to check for cushings and a west nile shot. Rough
day. Dr. Miller also thought Walter's tattoo letter
was an H, which makes Walter 31! What a trouper! "
She reported a week later that Mr. Walter was actually bucking
and prancing in his paddock; probably much like you or I
if we hit the jackpot! Not bad for a fellow that certainly
has stories to tell about his very long journey. Well -
he is home for good now. Perhaps Kate will keep us updated
on his progress.
I can't believe I originally told her that she would have
to move on because the horse rescue community already had
too many Kate's...... Thank you again Kate for all you do
for the horses.
John Madigan, DVM hosted an Unwanted Horse meeting February
18th sponsored by the International Animal Welfare Training
Institute at the UC Davis Vet School. I attended
on behalf of SAFER, carpooling over to the event with Katie
Moore from the CHANGE program. It was a highly charged
and I believe productive meeting, lasting all day with a
tour of the equine hospital and a review of current research
efforts afterwards. We got to see a horse surgery!
That was truly amazing. Fortunately is was NOT a colic
surgery, what with guts strewn all over - that might have
been a little too unforgettable if you take my drift.
Dr. Madigan is a truly great guy and all were deeply appreciative
of his leadership in this. Attendees were from Animal
Control offices statewide, as well as horse rescues and
interested vet students. Dr Madigan has been very
innovative in that he has gotten vet students involved in
community service issues from the start - instead of primarily
preparing the students to become business people.
This next generation of vets should be really something!
Beth DeCaprio from the Grace Foundation (http://www.thegracefoundationofnorcal.org
) gave an excellent presentation on the dynamics of starting
a horse rescue. They also do programs for kids at
risk and with autism that work with the horses. Keith
Dane- Director of Equine Issues at the National Humane Society
and SPCA gave a synopsis of issues facing the country's
horses and the programs he has in place. Dennis Wilson talked
on carcass disposal. Nuthin' new here. The lack
of cost effective options made for a charged discussion.
There are landfills that are taking and burying horses even
tho it is not legal. My opinion is that it needs to
be made legal ASAP, with all the necessary sanitary considerations.
Currently we actually have to cart our dead horses to Merced.
I thought a renderer was local to Sonoma, even though I
could find no such business in the phone book. But
apparently only the collection sites are
local. The truck has to haul all the way to Merced.
That is why it is so expensive. Rendering takes place at
very high temperatures and is actually costly. The
renderers are also dependent on a market for their "products."
This does not ensure their viability. Although it is not
a happy topic - having cost effective disposal is a major
hurdle to overcome if we are to present folks with a cost
effective alternative to auction and slaughter.
were encouraged to send in our issues and assets to continue
the conversation. It was a long day....
have gotten together a Board of Directors and today filed
for our non-profit. This has been a bit of work but
very necessary to gather resources to do this work.
We are still looking for foster homes that can take full
size horses especially. I mailed out a survey to participate
in on the national level- and an invitation to a SOLSTICE
Mono went to the hospital to get gelded. I fed all
the horses while Michelle at Harvest Moon hitched up her
trailer to take him in. As soon as the morning feed
was over I drove down to see him. He was only 45 minutes
awake and a little shaky. Trying hard to be alert
and respond to me. Trying hard to figure out what was happening.
Such a brave little guy. His water was waaayyy
up high for a regular horse so I got a bucket for him to
drink from. I assured him that he was coming
back home. The next morning Michelle (Animal
Communicator) went to get him as he had to stay overnight.
She reported he was so sad he wouldn't eat or drink.
He was sure he was not going to get to come back to his
family - that that was the end of his life with them.
When she came in with the halter he was overjoyed!
He stuck his nose in and and went right to the trailer and
hopped in. When they pulled up he called and his girls called
back - what pandemonium there was! They were all soooo
happy they hopped around the pen calling and snorting!
He has had some sore days but is healing nicely. Check
out their new pedicures. They have had their second trim.
This is Ellie the Mom:
is Peanut; the daughter, and Dad.
down to the original pictures below for pics of their elf
feet. Good work Linda Cowles!
Monday they went to a wonderful home - all together. Lots
of room and other horse folks to play with. A great
situation! Here they are on their last day at Harvest Moon
you to all the members of the community that made their
new lives possible.
to the Petaluma Auction Monday. There was only one
horse but I thought.....that one horse still needs looking
after. A woman who wants to volunteer came with me.
I thought it would be a good experience. I did sign
up to bid tho just in case. We looked at the horse.
Very handsome and well put together mare about 10-12. Red
Roan, 14.2 hands and very very scared. She bonded
with us immediately as her saviors. There were several other
guys looking her over and I chatted with them. A couple
of horse dealers and a backyard breeder. Stockman
types. I was not going to bid as it is not SAFER's
mission to buy horses that are not being bid on by the kill
buyers. Then my new friend says, " hey,
I LIKE her, and she's exactly the size I've been thinking
about for our family ... the boys have been taking lessons
and are doing really well ... but I wasn't planning on getting
a horse today ... but she's so sweet ... oh, just look at
her ... " Well after all the obvious disclaimers
about having her vetted and a trainer evaluation, I said
I would rehome her if it didn't work out. So I bid on her
for my friend. Got her for .22 cents a pound.
Plus tax she came to $227. Katie at Watermark Farm
came over in her rig and we brought her home. (THANK
YOU KATIE) Katie did some evaluation and found a disturbing
fact: this very sweet mare had marks on her ankles
and squealed when her front legs below the knees were handled.
Very fearful although she did let Katie finally pick her
feet. She didn't appear to have pain or lameness at all
however. After some investigation we were advised
that she had most probably been used for the Mexican rodeo
for horse tripping and horse "dancing" -
two illegal activities in CA that nevertheless occur. Our
source said that the Mexican rodeo's are dropping horses
off as the rodeo season is done and they don't want to feed
them over the winter. Horse dancing, by the way, is when
the lower legs have painful agents applied and/or are whipped
to make the horse "dance". Many a horse
would be ruined by this activity but I have a feeling this
mare will come around. She will be evaluated thoroughly
by a qualified trainer and all precautions are being taken.
She is a pocket pony, tho and really seems to want human
attention. Go figure. What is it with these
animals that they are so forgiving. Anyway, she is doing
much better even only one day later so we'll see.
Here she is with one of her possible future rider and her
dayglo auction hat.
the Mini's pulled their bagged supplement bucket through
the fence and started opening bags....bad Mini's.
I swear they must have crawled under that fence to do it.
Still looking for a vet to do pro bono or at cost gelding
for the little guy - and soon - so he can recover in our
care.....they still are needing forever homes so don't be
shy !! Call me at 707-824-9543
little stallion has a horrible rope burn under that long
mane. The pus and blood had matted a lot of hair.
I am thinking they went out into the back field and roped
him to get him in that small pen. I'm sure after all these
years he regarded them as predators and fought like hell
to protect his little family. The vicious little brute
then, despite his pain, put his head in a halter presented
by strangers. Strangers to be sure that took
the 15 minutes required to identify ourselves and communicate
our intentions. Then calmly walked to our trailer and jumped
in. At home, I easily haltered him and took him out,
tied him to a rail, and soaked the whole area with hot soapy
water for quite a while to get it clean. Even tho he flinched,
he stood very still the whole time, never once offering
to bite or kick or even try to leave. I have wound
salve on him now. I groomed him all over to his obvious
delight, and picked up all his feet. What a hellion.......maybe
I should get a stun gun to protect myself...
There is also a Llama that is still at the place where we
got the mini's that needs a home. We called the Llama
sanctuary but it is full. He is 11, very handsome,
registered and on the unhandled side. Anyone need a watch
SAFER sent out a questionnaire with our cards to all the
Counties large animal vets and the response was immediate.
We have taken custody of a small family of three minis -
Mom, Dad and 8 year old filly that were scheduled for euthanasia
on Tues Sept 30. The above is as we found them. They were
part of a hoarders cache and she died in '97 - leaving them
to her son who had them in a field for the last decade.
They managed to breed only once. There is Mono the Dad -
14, Ellie the Mom - 14, and Peanut the daughter - 8. They
are very affectionate with one another and they need help.
SAFER needs immediate donations for their care or we will
not be able to respond to the other requests for help.
These little horses are truly adorable - very pretty in
spite of their neglect. They are also very SMART and
know exactly what is going on. Unbelievably, although
in pain from hoof neglect, they handle very well and stand
at liberty for hoof treatments. Ellie as you can see in
the picture has tooth abscesses that need immediate care.
Yet she lets us touch and examine her.
I swear Ellie is smiling in this pic. She knows she
and her little family will now get help. A huge THANK
YOU to Michelle at Harvest Moon Ranch ( www.harvestmoonranch.net
) She transported them immediately to her
ranch and set up a small pen for them in the shade. They
can stay for 2 weeks. The former owner said the mom and
daughter had foundered but we don't know that for sure.
One of the county's true angels and bare-foot trimmer extraordinnaire
- Linda Cowles (http://www.healthyhoof.com/
) has volunteered her services for all three for 2 trimmings. She
is soooo good with the animals they always seem to relax
around her and let her do her job. And boy does she have
her work cut out for her. Those hooves are ROCK hard.
These guys are survivors. This is Peanut below. She
will really be a beauty when cleaned up !
is Dad pictured below. What a hunk! He is very gentle
and loves his family. However, he will need to be
castrated soon. He has been trained to pull a cart according
to his previous owner. These mini's would make for a fabulous
little team of mascots for any ranch or family pets.
They can live in paddocks and smaller areas. Watching
their loving interactions and the fact that they respond
so well to human interaction would make them a joy. They
are obviously very hardy. Any takers?
see costs and donations on the accounting page. Please consider
sending whatever you can to SAFER C/O Kate Sullivan at 9501
Mill Station Rd Sebastopol CA 95472. No donation is too
small (or too large!!). Don't have a paypal yet. An outright
adopter would be the best outcome, as SAFER does not have
the resources to cover all these expenses at this time without
help. In truth, without the communities help - there is
no SAFER place for horses. So please consider helping us
do this work here in Sonoma.
See latest post reporting on horses at the Petaluma auction
There is a community Proboard formed so that we can all
have discussions with one another. As many know from
joining boards in other areas; this is a great way to get
to know each other, help each other and plan community events.
Many times advice from horse persons more experienced with
a particular problem can really be important and is readily
available from your local Proboard group. Issues of
transport and orphan foal problems can be researched quickly
within this community group. Many horses are rehomed on
these boards as well without having to go through a rescue
scenario. It's a great place to brag about your kid's
latest Pony Club accomplishment or perhaps your own experience
in a show ring. It is great to see pictures of local horses
and their accomplishments - especially if they were once
a rescued horse!