old girl went through the auction in Salt Lake City three
times in 2004 and somehow escaped the slaughterhouse.
The last time through the sale yard, a fellow bought her
just $50. She was thin, scarred from other horses beating
her up, and about 30 years old. In other words, she wasn’t
worth much at all. She didn’t even have a name, just
an auction number.
Incredibly, the new owner wanted to breed this elderly Appaloosa.
Once he got her home, however, he discovered the mare was
blind. So he traded her to a friend for $10 and a goat.
The friend quickly realized a blind horse was not what he
needed. He returned the old mare, and didn’t bother
to ask for his $10 and the goat back.
At that point the fellow just wanted to get rid of the horse
and called a local sanctuary. The folks there knew they weren’t
set up to care for a blind horse, but agreed to take the mare
just to get her out of the awful situation she was in.
Then they contacted Best Friends, the nation’s largest
animal sanctuary, for help finding a permanent home for this
old, blind horse. Best Friends called us.
When she first arrived here, she liked to throw little hissy
fits, so we nicknamed her ‘Snitty.’ With all the
upheaval in this poor thing’s life, she probably thought
she had been taken to yet another sale yard.
She started realizing things might be different, though,
on her first night here. We brought her into a barn stall
with fresh wood shavings and set a bowl of Equine Senior grain
down in front of her. “Hmm, I wonder what this is all
about,” she seemed to ask.
Pretty soon she understood that she was home for good. She’s
settled down and is just a big love now, yet the nickname
‘Snitty’ stuck. But yes, her real name is Faith,
as in ‘blind faith.’ After all she’d been
through in her life – and to finally end up in a place
where she is now loved and cared for – we thought Faith
was a very appropriate name for her.
She has a boyfriend half her age, our blind gelding Scout.
Faith just dotes on him and tries to go into his stall in
the evenings to be near him. Scout heard he was getting a
girlfriend, but he thinks grandma showed up instead.