When we get an email about a blind horse, most of the time -- as in 99 out of 100 -- the owner is asking us to take it. Usually we get a long list of reasons why he or she can't keep their newly blind horse, even in many cases when the person has other horses ... and of course, keeping those horses isn't an issue. We do recognize the challenges a newly blind horse presents -- that's why we launched our BlindHorses.org website many years ago as an educational resource -- but it is really heartbreaking to know how few people are willing to keep, let alone make any effort at all to keep, their blind horse. When you see how much our blind horses enjoy life, like Cash and Hawk in the photo above, it's sad that most blind horses never get the chance.
But on occasion we do hear from that rare person, and with her permission, I wanted to share an email we just received from a lady named Dawn:
Dear Steve & Alayne - I just want to say thanks for the encouragement found on your website. My mare, who just turned 21 yesterday, has cataracts in both eyes. It has been so upsetting for both of us. As her owner, my mind has been flooded with questions and concerns. I am glad for information and inspiration gleaned from your website. Emmy Lou is my first mare and the "equine love of my life," if you will. With God's grace, we will rise to the challenges and still have a good life together.
Thanks again, Dawn
Dawn, thank you for being there for Emmy Lou!