have a special soft spot for blind horses. These wonderful
animals rarely get a second chance. There are so many myths
and misconceptions about blind horses — people think
they’re either dangerous, or can’t have a good
quality of life, or think the “only humane thing”
to do is to euthanize them.
All of those myths are wrong. Dead wrong. The truth is that
blind horses can have a great quality of life. We have 25
blind horses at the sanctuary — from energetic foals
to slow-moving seniors — and every one of them enjoys
life to the fullest.
We created a companion Web site, BlindHorses.org,
to share what we’ve learned about caring for blind horses
and to challenge the myths about these special animals.
The blind horses at the sanctuary come from around the nation
... South Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Utah,
Washington and Idaho, for instance ... and of course from
across Montana. Not all of them are posted on the site, but
you can read about many of them here.
Although we focus on blind horses, we have taken in others
with special needs. You’ll see Copper Kid, who has Wobbler
syndrome. And then there’s Rooster, who has a severe swayback condition.
No matter what their physical or medical condition, the sanctuary’s
horses (and one mule) get to graze on pastures during the
spring, summer and fall. In winter, we bring them into corrals
so they can have shelter in the ranch’s several barns
and run-in sheds. But in all four seasons, these animals get
to enjoy a wonderful life.