Thursday, January 24, 2008

Blind Horses

I like people that do great things for animals. In 2000, a couple started a santuary in Montana called the Rolling Dog Ranch. They wanted to have a place for disabled dogs and cats, but their first resident was a blind horse named "Lena." Today they have 25 blind horses and they work hard to educate people on ERU, eye trauma, glaucoma, and other ocular defects. They turn the horses out in pairs to minimize risk of injury from herd dynamics. The horses can't read body ques like ears pinned back, but they know where their water and feed spots are. I just think it is so cool that Steve and Alayne provide a loving home for these horses. If you want to read more about equine blindness, they have a lot of great information and photos on their other website, blind horses.

19 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

Well that is just marvelous. I admire people like this who do things for animals. I brings back a lot of lost humanity. Thanks for the post.

Callie said...

I think I've seen this couple featured on a television program. It might have been on PBS.....Very awesome thing to do. I wish I could do something like that.

Callie said...

I just looked at their site. Yeah, I'm pretty sure this was the couple they did a news special on. They have all kinds of disabled animals.....pretty big hearts!

Janey Loree said...

This is awesome! I will check out their site next!! Thanks for stopping by Mustang 'n' Cowboys

Rising Rainbow said...

I saw a story on tv about these two. That is an amazing facility they run. They have rescued horses with other disabilites as well.

Tracey said...

That's pretty cool. I'm going to pass the link along to someone who just bought a nearly blind mare.

Have you still got my email? Not sure I can find your's...

desperatehorsewife at gmail.com :)

Lori Schmidt (LoriProPhoto) said...

I found a link to this place on another blog I visited today, it is truly awesome, I wish I could do something like this, it must be very rewarding and fulfilling for those who own the Ranch.

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Foster Communications said...

It sounds like they're doing a pretty great thing.

arthist99 said...

What a great story. People like that renew my faith in humanity (which is often lacking!)

Mrs Mom said...

Its amazing how one journey (starting for dogs and cats,) can turn to an entirely different direction!

Bet they have a whole slew of mighty happy horses there... ;)

Deanna said...

I love that they are doing such a wonderful thing!

My Dad had a horse who went blind, we managed, but I can't imagine taking care of a whole herd of blind horses.

I give them a lot of credit. There is a special place in heaven for people like that.

Deanna

Tracey said...

BTW...TAG

Mrs Mom said...

Ummm... double TAG.. sorry!

Oh HorseFeathers...... Carpertner Creek nailed me... I didnt know who else to grab!

Kristine said...

That's fantastic and makes me feel a bit better about the human race. :) Thanks for the link!

Mellimaus said...

I just read this article in my Equus magezine for this month! I think when I grow up I want to open a big rescue center for abused, neglected, and disabled horses. And after reading this article, blind ones, too!
:-)

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