Impressive Training Program Helps Once Abused Horses Turn Into Champions
The SAFE (Save a Forgotten Equine) Horse Rescue in Woodinville, Washington works hard “To rescue, rehabilitate, and retrain horses facing neglect or abuse and provide them with the best opportunity for a permanent home and a lifetime of safety.” The organization was co-founded by Bonnie Hammond when she worked with others to rescue a single horse from a Washington slaughter pen in November of 2005. Today, this small organization is able to help 27 horses at a time, but depends greatly on volunteers and donations. Many of the horses are given veterinary care by Dr. Hannah Mueller of the Northwest Equine Stewardship Center.
Horses at SAFE receive ground and under-saddle training from dedicated members of the staff so that they can be good equine citizens in a loving forever home. The rescue was featured in our article “From Slaughter Trailer to Dressage Champion” where we learned about one of their success stories, Delilah. This starved mare was seized by animal control, pregnant, and in poor condition. After months of rehabilitation and retraining, Delilah blossomed into a gorgeous dressage competitor who qualified for Regional Championships.
This is just one example of the many horses that have been helped through SAFE’s impressive retraining program. Blogs and training videos are available on their website so you can follow the horses’ progress and get to know the horses before you adopt. Learn more about SAFE’s training program and adoption process by visiting their website or reading more in our blog.