2004, H.O.R.S.E. of CT received a call that two horses were
in trouble and the caller asked H.O.R.S.E. of CT to intervene. The owner had become ill and was financially
and physically unable to care for the horses. One
(Lady) belonged to the owner, the other (Champ) to someone else
who was boarding. The boarder had abandoned Champ and could
not be located.
Rather than face prosecution, the owner released
Lady and Champ to HORSE of CT and they arrived in very poor
condition. Both were extremely underweight and Lady had
a terrible eye injury. The
eye was badly damaged and infected. The
vet determined that the injury was old and had never been
treated. Because Lady was so underweight, the vet could
not perform surgery until she became healthier, so the eye
was treated to attack the infection before a determination
was made on the next step.
Lady is a beautiful blue-eyed Appaloosa
mare who displayed a lady-like demeanor from the moment she
arrived at the rescue. She is loving, sweet,
funny at times and a joy to handle and ride. She loves trail riding and when she is out
on the trail with a favorite rider, she struts along with
her tail in the air and joy on her face. When
you come to her paddock to take her out, she nickers to
you in greeting and can’t wait to get on the trail. She’s
a mover and loves to be the lead horse.
Over the months that Lady and Champ recovered
at H.O.R.S.E. of CT, Lady gained about 400 pounds, as did
Champ. The decision finally was made that the eye
could not be saved and it was surgically removed. It was a sad day for us because we had hoped
that it might be saved…and, being a blue-eyed horse, having
only one eye could be a problem.
You see, blue-eyed horses are susceptible
to “Moon Blindness” or uveitis,
which is an inflammation of the structure of the eye, including
the iris. It can sometimes
be brought on by blunt trauma (which is Lady’s case). This
disease can ultimately lead to blindness. Unfortunately,
Lady developed uveitis and because
of glaucoma, is losing the sight in her other eye. Through
all of this, she has remained a wonderful girl and brings
joy to all who take care of her on a daily basis. Because
she still has some sight in her remaining eye, she still gets
around just fine. Even
when she ultimately goes completely blind, she will be okay
because she knows her surroundings and knows her “roommate” Misty
will take care of her. H.O.R.S.E.
of CT will remain steadfast in its care of Lady and won’t
let her down…as she was let down in her past life.
Lady’s rescue and rehabilitation is what
H.O.R.S.E. of CT does day-in and day-out. We
do this work without the benefit of federal or state funding…just
donations from individuals and some grants. It’s
an awesome task, but when you meet a horse like Lady, you
realize how important it is to do that task day-in and day-out…after
25 years, H.O.R.S.E. of CT is still committed to this mission.