Star came to us in an extremely painful state. Star’s dam’s name is Ms. Star Unique, and she does have Impressive in her lineage. We did send off for a full genetic panel on Star and she tested negative for all disorders (including HERDA, HYPP, EPSM, and others). After her genetic profile ruled out a congenital disorder we went through other diagnostics revealing that Star suffered a back injury and stifle injury at a young age. We suspect she may have fallen down a hill at some point before her 5th birthday and the injury was not treated at the time it occurred.
Star is currently receiving therapeutic massage weekly. We do not anticipate she will need this level of care for the long term, but it is essential for her rehabilitation. She is showing signs of improvement almost daily.
This beautiful girl has a very sweet nature, and deserves every chance to live a very full and happy life. If you would like to be considered to be Star’s adoptive family, please fill out our adoption application, and our adoption coordinators will contact you so you can meet Star and start to build a relationship with her. Star is suitable to be a companion mare ONLY. As a special needs mare her adoption fee will be waived to the right family. We will simply require that her owner be committed to her lifelong well-being.
Here’s some frequently asked questions that may be helpful to you:
Q. What is your adoption process?
A. The first step happens on our rescue website, You fill out the adoption application. Within 48 hours we will contact you to acknowledge your application and talk to you about our horses. We will then check your references, do a site visit where we can talk to you about adoption in person, and then you can meet your potential new horse! The whole process takes about 1 week.
Q. What vetting does a rescue equine receive?
A. All horses in rescue have a current coggins, rabies vaccine and 5 way vaccine. Horses have their hooves trimmed every 8 weeks. Due to concerns with dewormer resistance we no longer deworm on an 8 week rotation. Instead, we have a veterinarian do a fecal examination on an 8 week rotation and deworm when needed. We also provide all necessary medical care for any conditions or injuries that horses may have that come into our care. All male horses and livestock animals are castrated. We provide species appropriate vaccinations.
Q. If I adopt a registered horse from Safe Harbor can I show or breed that horse?
A. We will do what we can to assist in the transfer of all registrations, and have successfully assisted in the transfer of registration. Such transfers are for showing purposes ONLY. Our contract has a strict no breeding clause in it. All male equines are gelded prior to adoption.
Q. If I adopt an animal can it be delivered?
A. Maybe. We do have transport volunteers that will deliver horses to adopters. They charge a transport fee of $50 or $0.50/mile round trip, whichever is greater. This fee is paid to the transporter, not to rescue. It is to compensate them for gas and wear and tear on their vehicles.
Q. I live out of state, can you adopt to me?
A. We adopt to from the same areas that we bring animals in from. This is what we consider our coverage area to be, and is the area where we have volunteer support to do site visits. Geographically, this is about 150 miles in all directions outside of Nashville, TN A map of our coverage area is on our website. If you live INSIDE the area encircled about with the blue line then you are in our coverage area. If you live in an area outside of the blue line, and not shown on this map we will be unable to process an application from you, and recommend that you look into equine rescue and rehabilitation centers closer to your home.