|Angel, her first day home. August 2009|
We were given the opportunity to bring home a beautiful filly that we named Angel. Angel is very unique in the fact that she is blind. She has microphatlamos, but basically her eyes did not form leaving her totally blind. Angel is perfect in everyway. She loves to listen to you talk to her. She will cock her head off to the side and you would swear she is looking right at you. She is cautious yet still spunky and curious. Her antics will put a smile on your face everytime. I have been asked by people, What are you going to do with a blind horse? Why would you keep her alive, that is cruel. Why is it cruel to give her an opportunity at life. She doesn't know she is blind, to her this is nomal. I hope she will trust me enough to ride her one day but even if she is just content to allow me to love on her and give her awonderful life then I am content with that as well. I hope to have continueing threads on her progress and how she is doing.
Angel was weaned from her mother earlier this month and she is adjusting well. She has captured our hearts.
Angel is getting bigger. She has discovered the wonderful world of Frosted Cheerios. She has her very own box of them in the refrigerator. She is a very special little girl. I have learned that when she is upset or confused she will pace a circle or a figure eight. She is a very curious soul and will stand for scratches and pets all day. She is such a big girl, growing everyday. Although I think because she was supposed to be a twin she will be on the small side. Her sense of smell and hearing have become more in tune with things. When she is walking past something that she knows is not normally there she will cock her head off to the side and walk sideways until we pass it. It is amazing that she knows it is there even though she cannot see it. She will be featured in The Paint Horse Connection in Spring 2010, I hope this sheds more light on the fact that these horses are special and deserve a chance. Just because they are born with a defect or a handicap does not make their life disposable. She deserves every chance that a sighted horse has.
We discovered that Angel needed a companion. None of our other horses were willing to accept her and with me being an over protective mom I didn't want her to get hurt. So we found her a new buddy, an African Pygmy goat. We named her Sugar and they have become good friends. When we first got Sugar I worried that I had made a horrible decision. But within a couple weeks I soon figured out that I had made a good decision for Angel. Especially after seeing them play together. Getting to see Angel play was a good feeling. Soon Sugar was sleeping right next to Angel and before I knew it, Sugar was jumping up on Angel's back when she would lay down. Angel has adapted well to having a companion around all the time. Sugar wears a bell so that Angel knows where she is. They are quite the pair.