Hello! My name is Bobby
found a new home!
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Shelter: Kentucky Equine Humane Center
Every horse that comes through the doors of the Kentucky Equine Humane Center has a unique story. Some have been tied to telephone poles, some have been found wandering alongside the highway, and some just plain abandoned in a field. Whichever walk of like they may come from, one thing is for sure, they are special souls.
In the early winter of 2008, one of those extra special souls found his way to the KyEHC. A volunteer had been out visiting farms and dropping off flyers about current horses that were available for adoption. Here is where she found a young pinto stallion, quietly standing in a make shift stall with muck up to his knees. The back window was covered with a tarp that was flapping in the wind, allowing the snow to blow in as well. Most horses would have been jumping around in fright from the sound and looks of the tarp, but not this guy. He just stood there, nothing appeared to bother him.
Several weeks later, the young stallion arrived at the KyEHC. The farm manager has been off the previous day and knew that a few new horses had arrived After giving him a pat, she thought that he sure was an awfully sweet horse and couldn't wait to see what he was all about. A few minutes later, she was asked if she has met the new blind horse. Blind horse!? Come to find out, the newly arrived pinto stallion was blind!
From that day forward, Bobby, as we all know him now, came to amaze us all day after day. Here was a beautiful pinto horse, that was blind and still a stallion...how were we ever going to find this guy a home? Luckily that KyEHC has a determined staff and group of volunteers! Over the next few weeks, Bobby was examined by numerous top veterinarians and specialists from Rood and Riddle and Hagyard Medical Center. It was determined that he was completely blind and could have quite possibly been born blind.
Over the next few weeks, that group of determined staff and volunteers joined together and started searching for the perfect home for their special Bobby. A John Lyons certified trainer named Jeannie was on her way home to Georgia from Indiana when she agreed to stop by and visit Bobby. Jeannie said she loved Bobby's story, but couldn't make any promises that she would be the one to adopt him. After arriving and spend just a few minutes with Bobby, Jeannie stepped out of the stall with tears in her eyes. She said she then knew exactly what we had been talking about, this guy was amazing.
In May, Jeannie returned to the KyEHC to take Bobby to their home in Georgia. It was a bittersweet day at the KyEHC when he left. Bobby had won the hearts of so many with his kind, gentle touches and his attitude that set him apart. This horse was unaware that he was any different than the rest. Bobby taught new volunteers how to groom horses, give them treats and most importantly, that you can do anything...that you shouldn't let any limitations hold you back. After walking on the horse trailer like a pro, Jeannie headed south with her guy. Jeannie had plans to train Bobby and eventually travel to events and do demonstrations, showing that blind horses are capable just like horses that can see!
In the late fall of 2009, Jeannie's husband was in an unfortunate accident, leaving him unable to care for himself and in need of Jeannie's constant assistance. Jeannie had to make the brave decision to return Bobby, so she could dedicate her time solely to her husband's needs. It was then that Bobby arrived back at the KyEHC.
Bobby was placed in a pasture with another gelding and the two acted as if they were buddies in a previous life. Bobby adjusted well again, but it was decided that Bobby would do better in a foster home until his forever home was found. Bobby, again, settled right in at his new foster home. Only ten minutes after getting a walk around his paddock, did we find Bobby with his head down, grazing to his hearts content. Cassie, a 14 year old Arabian mare, is a quiet soul just like Bobby. She makes sure that he is always nearby, and if one wanders too far the opposite way, you can hear Cassie utter a low nicker to say "Here I am!" He runs and plays, basks in the sun, drinks out of the water trough and even comes to the fence when you call his name.
Bobby is now in search of a forever home. Bobby is a 7 year old pinto/quarter gelding, with an amazing personality. We feel he would be great for an at risk children's equine program or possibly a handicap riding program. What better way to share his story!