Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Saddle Up in September - Reduced Adoption Fees

For the month of September, Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation has reduced adoption fees to help you get your dream horse. Learn about our adoption process here.

Winter means more horses that need us, so we are working hard to find homes for some terrific, healthy, well socialized horses (so we can make space for those who need us this winter).

Our rescues are current on shots, worming feet and teeth. Many are broke to ride and have ground work and trailer well. You'll have a hard time finding horses this healthy (and current) on dream horse at prices from $350-$750- most of our rescues are just $350 this month.

Of course the cost of horse ownership is beyond what you pay to adopt, and ask you to review our adoption information and plan carefully before you decide to adopt a horse. Adopting a horse from Serenity means a commitment to not breed or take the horse to auction/resell- our goal is a lifetime home for our rescues.

Ready to get started? Check out available horses and read about our adoption process. Come meet our rescues during our NEW OPEN HOURS on Saturdays from 11-2 or attend our adoption Weekend October 3rd and 4th (10am-4 pm daily). Pre-adoption applications are available online so you can fill one out before you visit.

We offer delivery for a fee of $1 per mile within a reasonable distance on a case by case basis. E- mail info@serenityequinerescue.com for more information!

2 Little Piggies find a Home

Annabelle, Petunia and Sophie enjoy a nap in the warm hose....
Last week Petunia and Annabelle went to their new home, and it was bittersweet. We loved those piggies so much, but they deserve their own home.

Peanut and Sophie remain with Miss Piggy, but seem a bit confused about where their friends are. We are thrilled with the wonderful adoptive home they went to and tried to explain this to the remaining piggies, but they were more interested in goodies! By the way, Sophie is still available for adoption. Peanut will remain with us, as he has some neurological issues that require special care.

We are working hard to get horses adopted now, we need to make room for horses who need us this winter. If you are interested in adopting, please email us at info@serenityequinerescue.com and you can check out our available horses at http://www.serenityequinerescue.com/

Friday, August 14, 2009

Come see us this weekend at Reber Ranch

We're having a adoption event, showcasing available horses- come meet our rescues and visit our booth to learn more about Serenity.

Come Meet:
  1. Promise
  2. Lovey
  3. Jahmaal
  4. Crystal
  5. Destiny
  6. Star

and more!

We'll be there Saturday and Sunday from about 10 am- 4 pm and horses will be led and ridden in the arena while Patricia tells about them over the speaker.

We're also doing a hay drive at Reber, please consider donating a bale (or a ton!) next time you're there shopping. All donations receive a tax deduction receipt.

Directions to Reber Ranch:

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wine Tasting Fundraiser- Join Us September 12th

The amazing, sweet folks at V2 Farm in Enumclaw are hosting a fundraiser for us- isn't that great? Several of our Board Members and volunteers plan to come, won't you join us?

"Grape Stompin' for Serenity Equine Rescue" on Saturday, September 12th from 1- 5 pm.

Your $35 ticket includes entry to an event that includes wine tasting, live band, a terrific silent auction and a grape stomping competition (teams of 3, no extra charge to stomp!) with all proceeds going to our rescue.

We could really use the funds, and you could really use the FUN. You can hang out with us, we'll be there telling stories and hanging out with everyone. You don't even have to like wine, so long as you like good company and good times you'll be glad you came.

To purchase your tickets or for more information, e-mail us at info@serenityequinerescue.com . You can pay by cash, Visa/MasterCard, or check. We are currently accepting donations for the silent auction, if you'd like to contribute.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Microsoft Intern Day of Caring

What a day- Friday was amazing, thanks to the Interns from Microsoft.

Over 40 Microsoft interns (and about a dozen full time MS employees) came out to work for the day at the rescue. We estimated that over 160 hours of work were done that day, saving us thousands of dollars and improving our farm considerably.

Here's what we got done:

  • We dug a ditch from our barn to the drainage area, which will substantially reduce flooding in fall and winter. Many rescue horses come in with hoof disease and injuries, both of which are exasperated by mud so flooding is important for convenience and health.

  • Our new ditch was filled with rocks picked from pastures – removing rocks is important because it protects the animals from stone bruises and injures and also saved us from having to buy gravel to fill our new ditch. Rocks in our ditches keep the water flowing in the right direction without letting the ditch collapse.

  • We put in hogsfuel (an outdoor bedding made from cut down trees- eco friendly) so that we won’t have to put all the horses into indoor stalls at night. The hogsfuel gives them a comfortable place to rest and will reduce the amount we have to spend on shavings. Because of the recent closure of several saw mills, shaving costs are high so this is an important measure.

  • We also installed posts for our sign in the driveway, a chore that we've wanted to get done for a while.

  • One group groomed and photographed horses so we can better promote them and find them homes. It is also excellent practice for our rescues to be handled by a variety of people, so there were multiple benefits.

  • We completed the re bar/stabilizing of our steps which gives us a safe place to get up and down our hill.

All of these projects were really needed but could not have happened without this Day of Caring.

As a nonprofit organization we rely on donations and grants for our funding and our suffering economy has affected us (along with other rescues) so we strive to reduce costs any way we can- on Friday we made some tremendous strides in this area, thanks to you all.

A special thanks to the committee that coordinated this event and our Serenity Volunteers who came out to spend the day helping lead these projects, and also those who helped us get items donated.

More photos from Friday are at: http://serenityequine.shutterfly.com/

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Twittering Serenity...

We're on Twitter now so you can follow Serenity and hear what we're up to a couple times a week (we plan to tweet about 3 times a week hopefully).

How to follow us:
  1. Either log on to www.twitter.com and request to follow serenityequine
  2. you can text the message: "follow serenityequine" to the number 40404 on your cell phone

be sure to read this page on twitter to better understand how it works and of course make sure you've got a good text plan if you use your cell phone to follow us.

Here is more information on twitter, for those of you new to it:

From Wickipedia:
Twitter is a free social networking
and micro-blogging service
that enables its users to send and read each others' updates, known as tweets.
Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140
characters, displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to other users
- known as followers - who have subscribed to them. Senders can restrict
delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access.
Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or
external applications. The service is free over the Internet, but using SMS may
incur phone service provider fees.

Think of it as a quick and short way to stay up to date by email or text message with someone or a group. You might get a message that tells you we've had a horse adopted, or you might even get one that says we're looking for an item (like right now we need pointed shovels for an upcoming event!!)

Here is a great page of info from Twitter: http://help.twitter.com/portal

If you have questions, email our webmaster Cowgirly at webmaster@serenityequinerescue.com. We look forward to tweeting with you (we're still learning the lingo!!). If you send me an email with the subject line 'twitter subscribe' our webmaster will send you an invite to subscribe to make it easy on you!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

In Memory of Chester

On June 24, our little 3 year old Chester was humanely euthanized. Chester was enjoying a lush summer pasture at a foster home on a large pasture when he took an unfortunate misstep and fractured a bone. Our veterinarian, after treating Chester for 3 weeks, took another x-ray yesterday and determined that his prognosis for recovery was unlikely , and that Chester was in extreme pain . The fracture had completely separated and a large piece of bone was now floating in his hoof. The Coffin bone was also infected.

Chester came to Serenity February of 2008 as one of the horses rescued from PEC. He was a malnourished baby with parasites, lice, overgrown and cracked hooves and in need of a lot of health care, love and attention. After several months Chester started to grow and fill out. He became healthy and trusting. His beautiful coat, shining like a new copper penny in the sun, and his kind loving temperament always drew people to him. We at Serenity adored him and he will be sorely missed.

The following articles are shared to help our readers better understand the complications of fracture in horse’s legs. Though we will miss Chester, we are proud of the fact that the life he lead at Serenity was one of healing and growth and love. If you would like to contribute to our veterinary fund to help offset the cost of Chester’s treatment, please send your checks to Serenity and note "Chester" in the memo line make checks payable to Mt. Rainier Equine.

Why a Broken Leg Is Bad News for a Horse- Can't we all just sign Barbaro's cast?
By Daniel Engber

Barbaro's veterinarians say the champion racehorse has a 50 percent chance of survival after breaking his leg at the start of the Preakness. He may not recover even after a successful five-hour surgery on Sunday, during which he had almost two dozen screws implanted to stabilize his bones. Why is a broken leg so dangerous for a horse?

There's a high risk of infection, and the horse may not sit still long enough for the bone to heal. Infections are most likely when the animal suffers a compound fracture, in which the bones tear through the skin of the leg. In this case, dirt from the track will grind into and contaminate the wound. To make matters worse, there isn't much blood circulation in the lower part of a horse's leg. (There's very little muscle, either.) A nasty break below the knee could easily destroy these fragile vessels and deprive the animal of its full immune response at the site of the injury.

Barbaro was lucky enough (or smart enough) to pull up after breaking his leg. If he'd kept running—as some horses do—he might have driven sharp bits of bone into his soft tissue and torn open the skin of his leg. Though his skin remained intact, he still faces the possibility of infection; any soft-tissue damage at all can cut off blood flow and create a safe haven for bacteria.
It's not easy to treat a horse with antibiotics, either. Since the animals are so big, you have to pump in lots of drugs to get the necessary effect. But if you use too many antibiotics, you'll destroy the natural flora of its intestinal tract, which can lead to life-threatening, infectious diarrhea. You also have to worry about how the antibiotics will interact with large doses of painkillers, which can themselves cause ulcers.

If the horse manages to avoid early infection, he might not make it through the recovery. First, he must wake up from anesthesia without reinjuring himself. Doctors revived Barbaro by means of "water recovery." That means they suspended him in a warm swimming pool in a quiet room and then kept him there for as long as possible. Not all horses are willing to sit around in a sling, and the antsy ones can thrash about and break their limbs all over again. (In 1975, the filly Ruffian managed to break a second, healthy leg in the process.)

If Barbaro starts favoring his wounded leg post-surgery, he may overload his other legs, causing a condition known as "laminitis." If that happens, the hooves on the other legs will start to separate from the bone, and his weight will be driven into the soft flesh of the feet. He may also develop life-threatening constipation as a side effect of the anesthetic.

Doctors will often put down a horse that develops a nasty infection, reinjures its broken leg, or develops laminitis in its other hooves. (A horse that's unable to stand will develop nasty sores and can be expected to die a slow and painful death.) A few horses have had broken legs amputated and replaced with metal, but the equine prostheses don't have a great track record.
Got a question about today's news? Ask the Explainer.

Explainer thanks Rick Arthur of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and Carl Kirker-Head of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

This next article is from the Ultimate Horse Site

Why are horses killed if they break a leg?Racehorses break legs and are euthanized; why are they put down?
By Annamaria Tadlock

Horses may not be "shot" when they break a leg, like in old westerns, but today their fate is often still the same: A broken leg is still usually a death sentence for a horse.

In the wild, a horse with a broken leg becomes dinner for a predator pretty quick. But when someone's pet-- or a champion racehorse-- breaks a leg, owners will what they can to try and save them. The reality is that most horses with a bad break won't recover-- due to costs, the time involved in healing, the horse's anatomy and behavior, and other issues.

- Success depends on the severity of the injuryWhen breaks are minor, such as small fractures,or when they are in young or small horses, the chances for recovery are higher. A foal with a broken leg may have a much better chance at recovery because they are still young and growing, and their bodies are lighter.Incomplete fractures are when a bone under stress cracks but doesn't break, and those tend to be much easier to heal. This type of injury is more common in performance horses and usually heals, leaving the horse able to perform and function normally.

Complete fractures mean the bone is completely broken through. This generally occurs in a sudden traumatic incident, such as when a racehorse breaks down or trips, or horses kick each other, causing the bone to shatter and break into pieces. Bones that come through the skin may be full of dirt or grass and greatly contaminated.

This type is much more difficult to heal for many reasons and generally is fatal to a horse. In cases of bad breaks, an animal is quickly humanely euthanized because there simply are no treatment options (such as Eight Belles, who shattered two legs at the fetlock and cannon bone).

  • Horse legs aren't designed to heal--All horses are big, heavy animals on small legs and feet, and each foot has to support roughly 250 pounds. When one breaks, it is difficult for the other legs to handle that weight. Even after a successful surgery to repair a damaged leg, the other legs may develop laminitis or abscesses because they have to carry extra weight on their other legs (this is what ultimately killed Barbaro, 8 months after successful surgery). There is no muscle below the knee or hock joint, meaning those leg injuries do not receive the same amount of support or blood flow.This can lead to complications in healing. The large bones of a horse also take a long time to heal. Fractures that break the skin often contact dirt, grass, or manure, making the risk of infection very high.
  • Horses don't like to be still --Horses are active creatures. They are designed to run from predators (or today, on the racetrack) and love to move about and play. Keeping a horse from re injuring itself is a big problem in recovery. They can step on themselves, get excited and try to move around, or simply get bored of being in a stall and try to get out.
    Many horses simply won't comply with treatment procedures. Ruffian's surgery to repair her broken leg was successful, but she continued to thrash and ended up injuring herself badly and had to be euthanized. Nureyev broke his leg while free in his pasture when he was 10 years old, and he was saved because he tolerated slings and stall rest so well.
    When the ex-racehorse Alydar broke his leg at the age of 15, he underwent surgery, but two days later he broke the leg again moving about on it and had to be euthanized.
  • Can't they use slings? Slings are used to help bear weight, but they can't be a long-term option because they do cause other problems, such as bed sores and discomfort to the horse. Some weight is needed to be on the injured leg to ensure it recovers the strength needed to support the horse. The other legs can develop laminitis or abscesses, and the horse may object to being in a sling and struggle, injuring itself further.
  • Pain Management--Having a broken bone is painful, and drugs are administered to control pain-- but if you give too little, the animal suffers, and if you give too much, they feel fine and want to gallop around. When horses are on pain medication they may re injure themselves moving around.
  • Huge Expenses & Few Vets--Treatment options are also very expensive; the average horse owner cannot afford the thousands of dollars it can take to recover, or provide the care needed. When you hear about horses being rehabilitated, it is usually an expensive racehorse, not an average racehorse or a riding horse. There are success stories, but they are the exception.When Barbaro fractured his hind leg (in more than 20 places) his owners went to great expense to attempt to save him. Surgically implanted steel plates, specially designed horse swimming pools, constant monitoring and pain management were all a part of his recovery attempt. They had the resources to provide the best care available. But they kept fighting with abscesses and painful laminitis that developed and he was euthanized 8 months after the initial injury.Even if an owner has the money to try to rehabilitate a horse with a broken leg, which most do not, there are few vets and facilities that can handle that situation. While racehorses may have the benefit of being surrounded by vets and other professionals, few horse owners live anywhere near equine vets or facilities that can handle injuries.
  • Humane Euthanasia --The amount of pain and time that the horse has to be locked up in a small space to recover from a bad break is considered by many to be inhumane. If the horse is kept off the leg, the injury may heal, but the other legs can develop complications, as was the case with Barbaro. Often the only humane option is to euthanize a horse when they break a leg. Sometimes, it is the only choice, when a break is so severe or multiple legs are broken ( such as the case with Eight Belles).
Rarely, a horse can have a break and be rehabilitated. There are success stories, but they are the exception. Whether a horse can be saved depends on the severity of the injury, the horse's attitude, the owner's financial ability, and the physical condition of the horse.

Here are our before and after photos of our Chester...

Chester came to us so malnurished that his growth was inhibited, he had worms and lice (left) and was in terrible shape.

He healed inside and out at Serenity and became a sweet gelding who was healthy and happy, and that is how we will remember him. Rest in peace, our sweet friend.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Health and Healing

We are so lucky at Serenity to have the generosity of some of the most talented people in the animal care field to help us rehabilitate our horses.

Some rescues have been injured as a result of abuse or overwork, it is heartbreaking. Our primary vets are Dr. DeWard, Dr. Hannah Evergreen, and Pilchuck Hospital, all of whom have been a tremendous support and advocate for Serenity Farm and our rescues.

At Serenity, we are first and foremost focused on the internal and external health of the horse. All of our rescues receive regular worming, hoof care, shots, and dental care. We wait until we determine that a horse is healthy, sound and emotionally healed before we begin riding or regular training because an unhealthy or unstable horse is not safe for anyone.

On Monday, Dr. Hannah Evergreen and her staff are coming out for a day of healing at Serenity, they will be doing trims and teeth and providing medical care to our rescues. We are really excited for this day of Health and Healing for our rescues.

We recently learned that our sweet paint mare Kat has damage to her suspensories from being ridden and gamed very hard at a very young age. This is her second baby and she is only 4 years old. We do all we can to keep her comfortable as she raises her sweet filly, but we need to help her heal these injuries if she is to live comfortably.

A wonderful Reiki master and a Homeopathic healer is coming out over the next week to work on our horses who need healing- Kat and Kiara with their leg injuries and Promise for her Melanoma. Lakota still suffers from a broken pelvis (he came to us with). All four horses need to heal if they are to lead comfortable lives and we are doing everything we can.

To donate to the medical care of the horses at Serenity, you can use our paypal account (paypal@serenityequinerescue.com) or mail a check to our farm (address at website: www.serenityequinerescue.com) or contact our vets and pay directly to our accounts.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Low Cost Gelding Clinic at Serenity

In an effort to help horse owners manage herd populations and breed responsibly, Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation is offering a low cost gelding clinic this summer.

We have secured veterinarians to perform the surgeries and are thrilled about this unique service we are going to provide to our community. Horses will stay overnight on the farm to be monitored after the procedure, liability releases will be required.

Dates and an application will be posted to our blog and website soon.

This clinic relies on the generous donations of our supporters. To give to the Gelding Clinic Fund, please donate at Paypal to our account (paypal@serenityequinerescue.com) and note that the funds are to be earmarked for the Gelding Clinic.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Farm Rules

One of the things that makes the farm successful is having clear rules. Our board of directors worked hard to set up a list of rules that volunteers (and visitors) must follow.

Our rules are online at our website, but we wanted to share them on our blog in case there are portions that other rescues could use to help organize their farms (or for anyone with a barn). There are quite a few but we've found it imperative to have guidelines in place when you have 30+ volunteers as well as boarders, visitors, etc coming to the farm. These are posted in our grooming stall where everyone can see them. Huge hugs and thanks to our board!

Serenity Farm Rules

for everyone’s safety, well being, and comfort

FARM HOURS – Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation volunteer hours are from 9 am to 5pm unless previously approved by Patricia or Darcy.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY- If you do not have a signed release of liability on file, you are not permitted to be in the barn, arena, or pastures. This rule applies to everyone who comes to SERR, visitors and volunteers. Our liability sign is posted in our barn. If you do not understand it, please ask.

  • SCHEDULE- Before beginning volunteer work, contact our Volunteer Coordinator (Darcy Jayne) to discuss your schedule.

  • VOLUNTEERS MUST SIGN-IN & OUT. Any time you are at the Serenity farm you must sign in. Sign in clipboard is in the tack stall.

  • AGE LIMITS - Because of the potentially dangerous nature of rescue horses, Serenity Equine Rescue wishes to protect all volunteers, horses, and staff. Volunteers 14 years of age and up must have parental approval and may come unaccompanied once approved by Patricia or Darcy.Volunteers 9- 14 years of age must work with parent at farm, supervised at all times. We regret that we are unable to allow children less than 9 years of age to volunteer.

  • PETS - Please do not bring pets to Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation.

  • KEEP CLEAN - Keep our barn clean and the aisles clear. If you get it out, put it away. Trash goes into marked trash bins only, don’t forget your beverage containers. Sweep up hair, hoof dirt and other debris when you are done grooming.

  • MAIN GATE. Always close and secure (chain) the main gate behind you coming in or going out.

  • DOORS/GATES Check stall doors, sliding doors, and gates. The gates should remain closed at all times, unless all horses are turned in for the night. Tack Room and Feed/Medicine Room doors must be closed and latched at all times!

  • NO SMOKING, ALCOHOL, DRUGS or firearms on the grounds at any time. Do not come to Serenity Equine Rescue if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • SAFETY/RESPECT- Do not climb on gates, fences, stalls, etc. No yelling, profanity or drama.

  • POSTING ONLINE – We have a volunteer who manages promotions, please e-mail webmaster@serenityequinerescue.com if you are interested in posting an advertisement for Serenity or any of the horses as we have pre-written text approved by our board that we use. The best way to help us advertise is to post flyers at local businesses. Printed flyers are available at the barn or can be downloaded from our website


  • Tack- Only use items designated for SERR. Our farm is also home to boarders with personal tack and property on site.

  • Medicine Stall- Do not take or use supplies from the medicine/feed stall without permission from Patricia.

  • SHAMPOOS, DETANGLERS, ETC- Please use only what you need and close the items so that they do not leak out and put them away when finished. If you break an item, please let an officer know.


  • CAUTION - there will be no running, yelling, teasing, throwing items, swinging items or teasing horses (and other animals). Be thoughtful and respectful to all.

  • SAFETY/HEALTH OF HORSES – this is our #1 priority, no restraint devices are to be used on the horses. When in doubt, ask or wait to do it until you get permission please. Do not bring whips, riding crops, spurs, hobbles, or tie downs to use on SERR rescues. If you are concerned about a health or physical issue with a horse, report it to Patricia immediately and do not exercise or ride the horse.

  • SUPERVISION- When you take a horse out of a stall or pasture, supervise them at all times. Do not leave a horse unattended.

  • TREATS – Do not give treats to the horses or the pigs. If you feel you must bring treats, put them in the feed room and they will be added to the horses’ evening grain.

  • NEW HORSES will usually have a “Quarantine” sign on their stall or paddock- please read this sign for restrictions and only handle to bring in/out - they may require medication, sanitizing, etc.

  • STALL CLEANING- Do not go in and clean a stall with a horse in it, and do not dump in shavings with a horse in the stall.

  • TIED HORSES must always have a quick release on one end of rope (to halter or tied end). Use the grooming and wash stalls whenever available. If a horse is tied in the aisle do not go behind him/her without asking.

  • RIDING RESCUES: All volunteers wanting to ride must meet with Patricia for an evaluation before riding any horse. Only ride horses you have been assigned to. Do not handle horses over your handling level. If at any time you feel unsafe or afraid, let a staff person or officer know. This is for the safety of you and the horses.

  • RIDING GEAR- All riders are required to wear a shoe or boot with a heal, and we recommend wearing a helmet. No open toed shoes allowed in barn, arena or when working with horses.

  • SAFETY CHECK – All riders must perform a safety check on tack before mounting. Check all buckles, screws, cinch, stirrups, leathers, stitching, etc. to make sure they are in good working order and are properly adjusted.

  • RIDING COURTESY- Be courteous by not riding close behind other horses, and always announce when you are passing. (Example “Passing on the rail” or “Passing on the inside”.

SERR Officers:
Volunteer Coordinator : Darcy Jaynevolunteer@serenityequinerescue.com
Director: Patricia Clarkpatricia@serenityequinerescue.com (425) 432-9697
Board/Website: Susan Bunchwebmaster@serenityequinerescue.com

We maintain a happy, safe, and serene environment for the horses and those who are interested in helping our rescues, as well as our boarders. If you find that you cannot adhere to these rules, then Serenity Equine Rescue is not the place for you.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Yard Sale is this Weekend- Come On Out! (directions included)Serenity Equine Rescue Tack and Yard Sale

It's finally here, our huge annual yard and tack sale. Please join us- details below!

Serenity Equine Rescue Tack and Yard Sale Saturday May 2nd & Sunday May 3rd 9 am-4 pm both days 28818 SE 216th Way - Maple Valley, WA 98038 (driving directions below) Come to a great sale with tons of stuff for people and horses!

All proceeds the rescue.

Our sale will offer a little of everything, even some beautiful art items and designer clothing. It’s another great chance to come see the farm and meet the rescues- who knows, maybe your day will find you good deals on sale items and you could find your dream horse. We have more than 10 healthy rescues and you always know what you’re getting because our goal is forever homes. In addition, our rescues are current on vet, feet and shot and teeth, which is more than many horses you will find for sale. Right now we have a few purebred really nice horses that just need homes- check out BellaMia and Stormy for example.

A few examples of what we already have stored to sell:
• Household items
• Designer clothing, shoes
• Antiques
• Kid Stuff
• Art and decorations
• Saddles- hunter, western, dressage & pads
• Arab native costume sets (we have two)
• Headstalls, bridles, halters & leads
• Riding attire
• Blankets, grooming Supplies
• Snacks and beverages
• MUCH more!


Driving Directions - Serenity Equine Rescue 28818 SE 216th Way Maple Valley, WA 98038 From SR 169 (Maple Valley Highway) At the Maple Valley Market, turn onto SE 216th Street for 2.5 mi -- at the flashing red (3 way stop) turn left onto 276th Ave SE, and then IMMEDIATELY turn right onto SE 216th St -- Go about 1/2 mile and stay to the left onto SE 216th Way (stay on paved road) ---Go about another half mile the SERR driveway is on the left, see a sign that says 28818 just inside the driveway- there’s a pond on the right side of our driveway (as you pull in). -- Pull forward and go through green metal gate (you can park down by the pond and walk up the drive if you want) -- Pull up the one lane driveway and you can park anywhere, the sale is up in the large covered arena (up hill- easy to see, it’s huge!) ******************************************************************************************* Coming from SR 18 -- Take ramp right toward Hobart / Issaquah -- Turn onto Issaquah Hobart Rd SE. toward Hobart (along the way the road name changes to 276th Ave SE) -- Pass Tiger Mountain Market and a baseball field on your left -- Turn left onto SE 216th St (just before yellow flashing light)- you should start seeing signs for the sale -- Go about 1/2 mile and stay to the left onto SE 216th Way (stay on paved road) ---Go about another half mile the SERR driveway is on the left, see a sign that says 28818 just inside the driveway- there’s a pond on the right side of our driveway (as you pull in). -- Pull forward and go through green metal gate (you can park down by the pond and walk up the drive if you want) -- Pull up the one lane driveway and you can park anywhere, the sale is up in the large covered arena (up hill- easy to see, it’s huge!) *******************************************************************************************************************

Monday, April 27, 2009

Click and Nominate Serenity Please!

We have a chance for a grant - please post a comment and help nominate Serenity at:


to help us qualify for a $2,000 grant, which we could use for our spring vet bill which would help us do shots and teeth for our rescues. It's also foal season, we have 3 foals right now (2 on the farm and one in foster care) and we could use the funding to help with those vet bills as well.

We work hard to not only rescue but to rehabilitate and help with criminal charges and prosecution of animal abusers, and hoarders. We also provide education to the public.

Your click and comment about Serenity can help us get some much needed funding!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

And He's Off!

Daryl was adopted and went home last week!

Once a racehorse at Churchill Downs, Cyclone Daryl became one of manyoff the track Thoroughbreds) to end up in rescue.

Healthy, sound and absolutely sweet this gelding won our hearts the moment he stepped onto the Serenity farm. It was hard to see him go, but he was adopted by a wonderful hunter/jumper barn and we can hardly wait to see how he shines in the show ring for them.
Congratulations to Daryl and his new family- be sure to keep us posted and send pictures!

Baby Pictures- Kat's new Filly

Kat had her foal- she was born a couple weeks ago and is doing great. Kat and her filly are being fostered right now, they are doing amazing. If you're interested in adopting (both will be available in approximately 6 months when the filly is weaned), let us know.

This beautiful mare was rescued by Serenity on her way to slaughter and she was 9 months pregnant. Because of her condition and pregnancy, we're paying off the vet bills that enabled her to have this precious baby- if you would like to donate to help we'd be thrilled. Every single dollar helps- no donation is too small to help a little filly.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tack and Yard Sale- May 2-3, 2009!


Saturday, May 2nd

It's time for a tack sale. We use a lot of our donated tack on the rescues, but we bridles, saddles, riding attire, blankets, halters, leg wraps and fly masks donated to sell, as well as some beautiful art, household items and clothing... we even have two arab costume tack sets (photos at right) to sell.

We appreciate your help in making the sale a success- we are collecting donated items to sell. Bring clean, usable items to us during our open hours on Sundays 11-2 or contact one of our coordinators to schedule a drop off or pick up.

Tara at (253) 230-1175 or email her at craziedogs@yahoo.com
Michaila at horse_crazy@att.net

Funds raised will primarily go to
  • vet bills (Destiny's hernia surgery, Kat's birth, and tooth floating for our new intakes)

  • hay (the cold winter has us using more hay than ever before, though we have less horses)
We appreciate donations and shoppers. if you have questions, don't hesitate to contact us! If you can't attend but want to chip in a few dollars and donate, we welcome paypal donations of any size. Every single dollar helps! Click the button to donate with debit, credit card or paypal.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Photos

We've added a few pictures to our online photo book- some from March and others of the Pigs so potential adopters can get a better look at them, too.

It's not a super pretty time of year in the Pacific Northwest- it's rainy and muddy but that's the reality of a farm, and we've got our mud really tamed due to our drainage work last fall and some gravel we added to paddocks (as well as Paco's relentless removal of mud) and our volunteers keeping paddocks picked...

Despite the foul weather, horses are getting healthy and it seems to be warming up- blankets are coming off and the rescues are eager for spring. Enjoy our most recent pictures:


Saturday, March 21, 2009

New homes for 4 rescues...

It is always bittersweet when a rescue finds a home. We spend so much time caring for them, they become part of the family. But nothing makes us all happier than seeing a horse get a home.

Right now, we have 4 adoptions happening. The following lucky horses will be heading to their new homes soon.

  • Stormy and Shadow (our two minis) are going to a new home soon
  • Daryl, an off the track Thoroughbred with unlimited potential is going to a hunter/jumper barn where we know he'll excel
  • Coolie is going to a lovely home that will be lucky to have this kind mare

It feels good when the horses reach their new homes (we often deliver if the adopters is willing to cover gas costs). We thoroughly screen and do a site visit prior to adoption so we know they're going to good homes.

We hope that soon someone will want sweet Chester, a 15 hand TB gelding who is so friendly and ready to go to a home. He's just about 3 so he is eager to have someone start him under saddle.

Our sweet Blondie (APHA Honor and Glory) is also ready to go to a home- she is the daughter of a halter champion and a beautiful mare who is only about 5 years old.

If you are interested in any of our rescues, please check them out on our site at : http://serenityequinerescue.com/aboutus.aspx

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Clinic Date Change- now April 11th (3 spots left)

Our Clinic date has changed to April 11th.

For details, click here. We have 3 more spaces in the clinic and a REALLY fun group of riders of all levels signed up so far and it's sure to be fun and educational. Kim Gately, a multi world champion is an outstanding teacher, she's kind and compassionate and fun- this helps you remember what she teaches.

3 Little Piggies, Ready for Adoption

As many of you know, we have a few rescue pigs (along with our equines). Three are ready for adoption (the runt has special health needs and will stay with us). Below is our ad, we welcome you to meet these special pigs- we all adore them and they deserve forever homes as pets.

3 little pigs...

We need homes as pets, we’re 3 lucky pigs who were rescued and bottle fed and are tame as can be. We’re housebroken and have good manners- we even sit for a treat. We need to go to a home with other piggies or be adopted by someone willing to adopt at least 2 of us (piggies need a pal). Our Mom has had potbelly pigs for 20 years so she can give you lots of information on how to care for us.

We come in the house at night and to rest, and love to travel and play on our farm. We know to tell you when we need to go out to potty, and we know how to get into cupboards! We’re all healthy and friendly, here’s a bit more about us individually.

1. Sophie (white) is a gregarious, curious girl. She is almost always first to greet people. She was named for her eye ‘makeup’ (after Sophia Loren) and has the cutest spots all over. She’s affectionate to her brother and sisters.

2. Petunia (black with white face) is the most adventurous, she loves to investigate uncharted territory. She can navigate stairs and likes to visit Mom when she is working on the computer upstairs.

3. Annabelle - is our cuddler, loves to be scratched and loved and rubbed, her fine piggy hair stands on end as you scratch the 'good spots' between her shoulders and down her back.

Adoption requires approval, a private treaty (we don’t adopt our animals for consumption, resale or breeding). These little guys are intelligent and good natured and will bring lots of happiness to you and your family. For more about pigs as pets, go to: //exoticpets.about.com/cs/potbelliedpigs/a/pbpexpect.htm.

To discuss adoption or meet these special piggies, email patricia@serenityequinerescue.com

Thursday, March 12, 2009

King County Animal Control Letter to Serenity (Feb 2009)

On February 19, we received a letter of commendation and appreication from King County Animal Control. We have an excellent working relationship with this organziaiton (as well as King County Prosecuting Attorney) and have worked with both agencies on multiple cases of animal cruelty related to horses we have rescued- we feel that Animal Cruelty charges are an important part of rescue, whenever possible. Simply taking horses from a bad situation can allow abusers to collect more- by working to prosecute whenever possible we hope to help prevent future incidents.

The one case that has gone through court is that of Dean Soloman, owner of PEC (Pacific Equestrian Center). Serenity Equine Rescue rescued 23 horses (and one pig) from that facility. Other local rescues assisted in the efforts to transport, care for, foster and re home additional PEC horses. We thank everyone who was involved in this important Animal Cruelty Case.

In addition, we thank King County for noticing our efforts on this case and specifically for thanking Serenity Equine Rescue for our continued work for the animals.
Here is a photo of Sequoia the night she came to Serenity.

and here she is today, happy and healthy and sound. She is just about 3 years old now and is seeking a forever home.

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Clinic is filling up....

It's exciting, we're filling up our fundraiser clinic. In fact, I think we have just 4 spaces left. Kim Gately, who is the trainer who will be putting on this clinic is looking forward to working with the 10 horse/rider teams who attend.

The funds from this clinic will help us build large compost bins to reduce waste and create wonderful dirt for people to use.

If you want to sign up, the clinic details are here: http://serenityequinerescue.blogspot.com/2009/01/benefit-clinic-for-serenity-equine.html

The clinic is APRIL 11 (NEW DATE) from about 9:30 am-4 pm, and will take place in the Serenity Arena at our farm (indoors). We're hoping to get lunches donated and the cost for a horse/rider team is just $100 with all proceeds going to the rescue. It's a hands on clinic where you'll learn about riding, balance, communication and problem solving with your horse- from a world class trainer.

Thanks so much to Kim Gately for her sponsorship of the rescue! For more about Kim, go to http://www.paradisestable.com/

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Listen for the Bell...

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing...one of the horses is blind.

His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.

If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.

As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray.

When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell. Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see.

Good friends are like this. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there. Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours.
The author of this story is unknown, at least to us. If you know who wrote this, please let us know. This is Patricia's favorite story.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Where are we?

Last week we had our one year anniversary as a nonprofit, and I didn't even have time to blog! We've been busy caring for horses, writing grants and working with King County on a current case of animal cruelty so we've barely looked up from our rescue work to do anything else.

Darcy has a full volunteer staff going on Saturdays and Sundays now with other volunteers coming in throughout the week (we have 23 active volunteers). We feel so lucky to be making such progress, and thank all of our supporters.

The horses continue to progress, Lady went to her new home about 2 weeks ago and is doing great. Risky was adopted by her foster mom and Kat's foal (when it comes) will be adopted by her foster mom as well. We are making terrific progress.

This week I decided to blog with our links to the many places you can learn about our rescue and emails for how to contact us.


E-mails (contact info)

For adoptions and general inquiries:
Patricia, director: patricia@serenityequinerescue.com
Susan, webmaster: webmaster@serenityequinerescue.com

Darcy, volunteers: volunteer@serenityequinerescue.com

Compost Bin Fundraiser
Lorrin, "Green Fundraiser": green@serenityequinerescue.com

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Higher Road

It is Patricia’s policy not to go on any of the online boards or forums and she has asked that those of us that are on SERR’s Board or associated with Serenity not to continue to post any replies.

In her words, “we have done absolutely nothing wrong that we need to defend. Please put your energy back into what we do best, caring for our horses. Let’s take the higher road.”

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Benefit Clinic for Serenity Equine Rescue's "Green Project"

We have exciting news- On Saturday APRIL 11TH there will be a Benefit Clinic at Serenity Equine Rescue with proceeds benefitting our Green Project, which is our fundraiser to create a compost system to reduce waste and provide local gardeners with organic 'garden gold'.

Multi World Champion Kim Gately (of Gately Training Center) has offered to spend the day helping you become a better rider. You don't have to be headed to the show ring to benefit, Kim is an interactive trainer with the ability to help you troubleshoot your issues no matter where they take place- including leads, communicating with your horse, balance, cues, and much more.

Kim has a way of making every rider comfortable and has many years experience with all levels of riders, so don't be intimidated- this is a great opportunity to get some professional insight, have a fun day among fellow horse friends at our rescue and learn a lot.

The clinic will take place in our indoor arena, so it will happen rain or shine! Here are our tentative clinic details (more information will be posted as the clinic is closer) :

Benefit Riding Clinic for Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation -Kim Gately, Trainer
Clinic to be held at the Serenity Equine Rescue Farm in Maple Valley, WA
SATURDAY- 4/11/09 from approximately 9AM-4 PM

  • Cost will be $100 per horse/rider team, cost includes haul in fee. Participation is limited to 10 horse/rider teams- enrollment is first come first serve but only paid participants are guaranteed a space.

  • Payment: Payment will be accepted by PayPal or by mail. Prepayment is required- submit paypal payments to gatelytraining@paradisestable.com (via http://www.paypal.com/)

  • A limited number of stalls are available for the day, first come first serve with a cost of $20 for the day.

  • Serenity Equine Rescue respectfully asks that participants only bring the horse enrolled in the clinic to the farm (no 'buddy horses' tied to trailers please).

  • Clinic fee is for one rider (with one horse) team and each rider may bring one parent/guardian or spouse/significant other to audit (watch) the clinic free of charge.

  • Additional auditors will be charged $35 per person, sign ups for paid auditing will open once the clinic fills with riders.

  • Payment can be made in cash, money order or by paypal (using your credit or debit card).

Kim will be reviewing all registration forms to tailor the clinic to the riders, to ensure that the clinic is tailored to the riding level and needs of the group.

Here is what the day looks like:

9 Orientation in arena
9:30 Clinic in arena
12- Lunch Break
1:30 Clinic in arena
4 pm Clinic ends

To register, please e-mail the below requested information to webmaster@serenityequinerescue.com.

Rider Name:
Rider Age (if under 18):
Rider Address:
Rider Phone (home):
Rider Cell:
Horse Name:
Horse Breed:
Horse Age:
What are your goals for this clinic? Is there anything specific you want to ask Kim or learn more about?

Once payment is received, participants will receive a conformation email with driving directions, etc. If you have questions, contact GATELYTRAINING@PARADISESTABLE.COM

Serenity Equine Rescue wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Gately Training Center for their support in our rescue and environmental efforts.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

IMPORTANT- New Hours- and Special Adoption Sunday

We have changed our visiting hours to 11am-2 pm now. We are also now dedicating the last Sunday as Adoption Sundays- for potential adopters only (no appointment needed- details below).

As many of you know, we open the farm to visitors on Sundays as we work. We welcome the public to see our rescue at work- just Serenity Equine Rescue as it is every day- a place of peace and care for horses.

We think hosting these hours is pretty unique. Many rescues offer open houses annually or bi-annually but since we are relatively new, we wanted to encourage people to get to know us and see how we do rescue. It has turned out to be very fun for us, meeting new supporters and sharing our mission, education people about proper horse care and the issues facing animal rescues today.

What will you see? A rescue farm at work- horses in all phases of rehabilitation (depending on who we have- sometimes newer horses do not look well, but you'll be thrilled with our rehabilitated horses. Many comment that they "can't even tell they are rescues", and that's the goal- return these beautiful creatures to health, trust and happiness.

You may see volunteers working with or grooming horses, you may see people mucking stalls or cleaning pastures and paddocks. All the things we do on an average day at Serenity Equine Rescue.

If you're considering donating or volunteering, you are welcome to come to our farm to visit on SUNDAYS FROM 11-2.

We are also implementing Adoption Sundays which will be the last Sunday of each month.

Adoption Sundays are dedicated to those who have been adoring a rescue from afar, are considering adopting, want to learn more about our adoption process, etc. This will not be an opportunity to leave with a horse- potential adopters are still required to complete our adoption process- Application, Site Visit (to the property you plan to keep the horse at) and approval by Private Treaty. Patricia can further explain- it is not a long process, but is required to adopt from SERR.

We still welcome potential adopters on other Sundays and also to make private appointments- just contact Patricia at patricia@serenityequinerescue.com) but these Sundays offer an additional and more casual opportunity.

To give you an idea of how Sunday Visiting Hours look, here are the next 2 months


February 1- Visitors welcome 11-2
February 8- Visitors welcome 11-2
February 15- Visitors welcome 11-2
February 22- Adoption Sunday 11-2


March 1- Visitors welcome 11-2
March 8- Visitors welcome 11-2
March 15- Visitors welcome 11-2
March 22- Visitors welcome 11-2
March 29- Adoption Sunday 11-2

As always, we look forward to meeting you. In the meantime, if you have questions e-mail us at patricia@serenityequinerescue.com

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

For the Record...

Serenity Equine Rescue has been featured in many television and newspaper articles, as well as online blogs and we thank our supporters. Many online articles, blogs and boards offer space for ‘comments’ and we are disappointed to see that there are individuals posting negative comments about our rescue in an attempt to get attention.

These comments are usually posted under fake names and with no contact information listed, which is an excellent indicator of their lack of accuracy, truth and accountability.

We find it unfortunate that we even have to address this, but because those who post can hide behind the anonymity of the Internet, our Board of Directors felt it appropriate to respond:

"Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation performs a valuable service to the community by taking in, rehabilitating and re-homing abandoned, abused and neglected horses. In addition, we have provided evidence that was instrumental in the Dean Solomon/PEC case as well as two other active animal cruelty cases, our rescue works hard to serve as a resource to King County Animal Control as well as King County Prosecuting Attorneys. The work we do saves money for taxpayers by reducing the workload on our County resources, and so far we have done it all on donations and grants.

We maintain a facility that provides excellent care for our rescues, as evidenced by the condition of the horses who have been in our care. Every Sunday since spring of 2008 we have welcomed the public to visit our farm between (hours are posted on website- current hours are 11-2 with the last Sunday of the month dedicated to potential adopters only- no appointment neccesary on these days) to see the horses we are caring for, in their various stages of recovery. Our open farm hours are not at times when we have cleaned and prepared the facility, but rather in the middle a normal day for us.

Regardless of a few naysayers we have countless volunteers, donors, supporters, horse adopters, foster homes, members of local media, fellow rescues and corporate sponsors who are thrilled with the results we are achieving with the horses. We will continue to do this good work because we are devoted to these beautiful creatures. We are grateful for the opportunity to do what we do and we thank you for your support."

The Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation Board of Directors
December 18, 2008

Monday, January 12, 2009

Can we get any Greener?

We're sure going to try! At Serenity, we already do many things to protect our planet.

Here are just a few of the things we do to be earth friendly at Serenity-

--we use exclusively solar fencing on our electric fences
--we do not use chemicals on our grounds, lawn, or plants. (our piggies are natural weed eaters- the dandelions don't have a chance!)
--we use natural biodegradable cleaners whenever possible
-- we currently turn and work our manure pile and have several local gardeners who pick up manure.

--we keep our turnout pens, paddocks and arena clean to naturally reduce flies and other insects
--we brought in tons of gravel to help reduce mud in our front pastures- our mud management program is a work in progress but this winter is already much better than last overall.

--we rescued goldfish for our pond to keep disease carrying mosquito populations down (yep, you're right- we have rescued horses, ponies, donkeys, dogs, pigs and goldfish!!)

But we've got a new goal- raising funds to build a compost system that will provide soil to local gardeners and reduce our waste as efficiently and quickly as possible. We tried to build one of wood, but the poo couldn't be contained, it broke. :(

So now we're raising funds to bring in huge cement blocks (large ones) to make a nice large 3 space compost set up that will maximize our ability to turn manure into gardener's gold! By providing this to our community we can reduce the amount that local gardeners buy in bags, cutting down on waste and spending.

Our wonderful volunteer Lorrin
is going to help by coordinating thefundraising. You can e-mail her at green@serenityequinerescue.com to discuss our Green Fundraiser. Lorrin grew up riding and is an animal lover, we're lucky to have her.

Our sponsor is Gately Training Center, multi world title holder Kim Gately is going to be at Serenity in March for a clinic to help fund raise. Details on the clinic are coming soon, if you are interested e-mail
webmaster@serenityequinerescue.com to sing up. Cost will be $100 per rider (10 rider limit) but worth every penny- you won't believe how much you'll learn. The clinic is one day long and riders of all different backgrounds can benefit from Kim's amazing ability to help horses and riders connect and succeed. Kim's website is www.paradisestable.com and we're thrilled to have her sponsorship for our Green Campaign.

How can you help?

Contact Lorrin at green@serenityequinerescue.com for more information on ways you may be able to help. Meanwhile, we'll be seeking grants and other funding opportunities for this special project.

Stormy Weather

We have been so lucky during this stormy weather- we had a bit of flooding in our aisles during the initial snow melting but otherwise we've gone through this crazy winter quite seamlessly. Here (above) we see Peanut, our wee little rescue runt piglet headed down the hill to see what's happening at the barn.

Our tractor helped us in the snow... but it was our tireless volunteers who have been by our side working to keep things running smooth. Some are out with the horses, others picking up blanket donations, others fostering horses, and still others behind the scenes fundraising, advertising and helping with adoptions.

Our first big freeze required some interesting water bucket filling techniques... it's been a great learning experience. We're working on getting a generator, some rain barrels,and a kerosene heater for the next time we lose power and heat (and Western Washington tries to resemble Eastern Washington)!

Both Kat and Risky went to Foster Homes (potentially adoptive homes) this past weekend, and we think Reba may have found a forever home as well. Kat may return to Serenity to foal soon, but will likely be adopted by her current foster momma.
Our fabulous farrier came out despite the terrible weather to tend to Risky, Stormy, Kat, and others who were due to have their hooves trimmed.

All in all we are pleased with our ability to navigate the surprising weather and keep all our horses safe and healthy. Many of them seemed to enjoy the snow, running and playing and rolling and enjoying just being horses...

Friday, January 2, 2009

Re-Homing Matters- Selling Your Horse Safely

An original resource article by Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation. If you wish to re-print or post to your site, we would appreciate credit or a link back to us at www.serenityequinerescue.com .

People often ask how the recession and economy are affecting us at Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation. The main effects are increased feed costs, equipment costs, supporting materials cost and other of course the increasing costs of caring for the horses like shavings, medicine, supplies. One of our biggest challenges is having enough space and resources to take in the horses that desperately need us. As we always say, we just do our best to help horses, one by one.

But there is another challenge- not rescue, but ‘re-homing’. We get frequent calls for assistance with re-homing people’s horses. Many want us to take them into our rescue and ‘find them a good home’. We appreciate their desire to find someone excellent to take their horse but our mission is to rescue horses that are ill, neglected, abandoned who need our help. We try to answer every call that comes in but have to give priority to rescue situations and our donors, because our limited time and resources require it.

For that reason, we have worked hard to create this compilation of information to assist others in finding their horse a new home (selling or rehoming). With a little effort, your equine friend can find a quality new home.

· Determine if you really want to sell/find a new home for your horse- can you lease him/her out or find a way to make it work financially? Consider your commitment to this pet.
· Be realistic about your price- the market is slow, and chances are you aren’t going to get back any investment .
· Be honest about your horse’s condition. Many horses end up at auction or abandoned because someone wasn’t being up front about behavioral issues, soundness, or capabilities. Some estimate that 1/3rd of the horses that go to autcion these days go to slaughter.
· Screen potential buyers- ask about the location and conditions of their facility, what they plan to do with the horse . Visit the facility if you can.
· Get cash- payment plans and other arrangements require a private treaty to be legal. If you agree to take payments put it in writing (see TERMS section below)!

Where can you go to sell? You can pay to run an ad in the little nickel, the Seattle Times, the PI (NW Source), or the Reporter papers.

Free online ads- place a free online ad at any of these sites. Most offer paid upgrades to add photos, which may have your horse sell faster. See photo tips at the bottom.

Your ad: photo ads usually cost money ($10 and up per site) but also tend to bring a lot more attention to your ad. Be sure take the time to really describe your horse- a description that is 10 sentences long is going to garner more interest than a one sentence blurb. The market is saturated with horses- tell what makes your horse different, what made you fall in love with your horse…

The more honest you are, the more likely you are to actually sell the horse rather than deal with a bunch of lookers AND the more likely your horse is to find a home where he/she will stay. Use words like ‘potential’ with caution- have you ever tried the horse at the potential discipline?

Include the following
· Name
· Registered name
· Breed
· Height
· Broke to ride? Be sure to note if he/she is green or rusty from not being ridden. Remember, potential buyers will want to ride the horse if you’ve advertised him/her as broke.
· What disciplines- (English, western, trail, gaming- be specific about what he has done.)
· Experience (trails, shows, sports, etc)
· Basics- does he load, trailer, clip, bathe, stand for farrier?
· Is he current on shots, worming, feet, teeth?
· Any injuries/illness (current or healed) or any limitations to what the horse can do
· Any professional training?
· Behavior- any red flags (bite/kick, prefers men or women, aggressive to other horses, hates arena work, loves trails, loves water, etc)

A good potential buyer is going to ask for all of the above information (and check on it- looking at teeth and records) so be ready to answer.

Honesty when selling/re-homing can be the difference between a forever home and a pit stop on your pet’s way to the auction. Be sure to LISTEN to what the potential buyer is going to do with the horse. For example if your horse hates water, and they want a trail horse- discuss your concerns or the potential challenge of getting the horse to endure water obstacles.

Photos - take a photos of your horse clean, brushed, and without tack so prospective buyers can see his/her conformation.

Ideally take one from front, back, left and right side. Additional photos of horse being ridden are good and even better is video of the horse working. Upload video to a service like
www.youtube.com and you can just email a person a link to your video.

Remember, photos and videos are part of your horse’s resume so don’t use unattractive pictures and/or videos of him that are not flattering. Use your good tack- be sure it is clean and fits well. You do not need to coax your horse into tricks or unsafe situations to ‘show off’ a personality (a good buyer does not need pictures of you standing on your horse to believe he/she is trained and calm).

Ask a friend to help you out, photos and videos are much better done without trying to use self timers, etc.

Be ready to promptly answer calls and emails. Sometimes it is worth saving your first few responses to copy/paste into additional ones, since many people ask the same questions. People are going to want to know: any information from the Suggested Details list that you did not include. They’ll also ask how long you’ve had the horse, why you are selling and if he has any health issues. They will likely want to see you ride as well as ride themselves. Always have them sign a release before you let them ride your horse. Unfortunately it is a very litigious society that we live in.

· Most people prefer to have the horse cleaned up and groomed
· Be sure you have space for them to ride- if you have nowhere on your property you may need to haul out somewhere to meet them
· They may want you to ride first, to watch, before they do- be sure you are dressed and ready to ride
· If your horse is due for shoeing or a trim be sure it is done before the meeting- you never get to change the first impression.
· Do not ever medicate, sedate or tranquilize a horse before you show him to a potential buyer- they will notice (signs are visible to those who know) or they will buy the horse under false pretenses.
· Be sure to provide any information that has not already been discussed and ask if they have any questions.
· Remember- even if you’ve talked online or by phone, a potential buyer is a stranger and should be treated like one. Do not leave valuables out, invite them into your home without supervision or offer information that could tempt someone to commit a crime.
· It’s always best to have a buddy with you for safety reasons.

· Consider in advance how much you are willing to reduce your price (if offered a lower amount) and if you are willing to accept trades or terms. Planning ahead will help ensure that you don’t get the short end of the stick.
· If you decide to allow ‘terms’ (payments, etc) please remember that getting money from someone once the horse has gone home can be tricky- many horse owners have been left empty handed in these situations, use a written contract signed by both parties (preferably notarized) and consider how you’d handle no payment in case it happens- can you afford an attorney to collect your money or are you prepared to not be paid (worst case scenario).
· Do you want the horse back if it doesn’t work out? Discuss that before the horse leaves your farm. If you’re concerned, get it in writing. Many horses at auction and/or on the feedlot were once someone’s treasured pet.

· Remember to have anyone who comes to meet your horse sign any release forms used at your farm or barn.
· If your horse is registered be sure to located his/her paperwork and have it ready to hand over.

Serenity Equine Rescue wishes the best of luck to anyone with the difficult decision to sell their horse.