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Kiowa the blind horse

Kiowa is a 5-year old Appaloosa who came to us from a rescue group near Helena. He was also - uh oh - a stallion.

Despite his small, scrawny body and blindness, someone thought Kiowa was 'breeding stock.' Given the fact that he is almost the size of a pony - not to mention his total lack of vision - this was hard to imagine, but we've seen strange things in the horse world.

Of course, we had him gelded ("fixed" in every sense of the word) before he arrived at the ranch, but it still takes a couple of weeks for the testosterone to get out of the system. So for two weeks this small, blind horse tried to pick fights with every horse here.

It didn't matter that all the other horses were bigger than he was, or that some could see. No sir, little Kiowa would show them who's boss!

Eventually the testosterone filtered out, just about the time one of our big blind geldings put Kiowa in his place. He finally realized he's actually a very small horse who can't see a dang thing.

Testosterone always trumps brains, and Kiowa was a perfect example. This is also why our equine vets say gelding a horse is like giving it a brain transplant. Now Kiowa is a calm, easy-going guy who doesn't have anything to prove. (Ladies: Please, don't get any ideas.)

 
New Arrivals
Timmy the paralyzed dog
Joey the blind dog
Hannah the blind horse
Luke the blind dog
Claire the wobbly cat
Laddie the blind horse
Beaver and Rooster the Belgian draft horses
Madison and Bridger the blind horses
Honey the blind mare
Destiny the blind foal
Chance the blind horse

Kiowa the blind horse

Nikki the blind foal 
Scout the blind horse
Rocky and Hawk the blind horses
Faith the old, blind mare
Copper Kid the wobbly horse
Blue the blind horse 
Tonto the blind horse 
Marie the blind mare 
Lonesome George the old mule 
Lena the blind Quarter Horse
Shasta the blind Appaloosa

 


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