Second Chances for Blind Horses

 

        
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  This is Flurry:
  a blind horse
  who became
  an inspiration!

 

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DISABILITY  IS  NOT  INABILITY

Please help with creating the Terra Swinney Memorial Arena

Taken from our world at only 28 years of age, Terra was a Rockingham County resident and a neighbor of Flurry's Hope, Second Chance Ranch.  Terra had a love for horses and was always looking out for ours.

  The arena will provide opportunities for our blind horses to be safely trained and ridden.

  Any amount is greatly appreciated to build the arena in Terra's memory. 

 

 

Welcome Hope !!

HopeJoining us from Texas and born with juvenile cataracts, Flurry's Hope, Second Chance Ranch would like to introduce you to Hope!!

She joined Second Chance Ranch February 26, 2014.  She seems to love the outside since she was in a stall quite a bit before she came to us.  Hope particularly loves to kick up those heels, run around the pasture and come back and stick her head into Mama’s feed bucket even though she has her own.  How does she do that being blind?  We are always amazed at how blind horses act like sighted horses. She’s a spunky sort and is very social as she adjusts to her new home.

She will provide courage for all those with disabilities to press on and enjoy life.








Second Chance Ranch, the Home of Flurry's Hope
  Emilie & Mercy
 

The Story of Flurry’s Hope
Flurry’s Hope is named after Flurry, a blind horse that was given to Dr. Emilie Storch. This horse became an excellent mount but died suddenly in May of 2007. Because of her experience with Flurry, Emilie realized that wonderful horses were being killed just because they were blind. The blindness did not hinder their abilities to be ridden and enjoyed. As a matter of fact, it often made them better horses who did not run away, listened to their riders and who made deeper emotional connections. Flurry’s Hope began with the vision to rescue these horses heading to an untimely death and to raise public awareness of their ability to be excellent horses to ride.

We are the only rescue in the country that we know of that rescues blind horses to ride them.  Others may rescue them but not specifically to ride them.  We believe that the world needs to see that those with disabilities have much to give.  We also want to set ourselves apart from the masses of rescues to have a significant point of difference.  About 93% of people cannot believe that we ride blind horses and are incredulous because the general feeling is that they are worthless and pitiful.  I believe that God has a special plan for each individual (able bodied or disabled) to exercise their God-given gifts and not be destroyed for lack of knowledge.

 

 

 

 


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What to do with a horse going blind?

People get rid of blind horses for one main reason:  when a horse is losing his eyesight, he can get jumpy and scared.  This is because the horse sees something different every day as his sight degenerates.  Unfortunately, many people are afraid the horse's skittish behavior will be permanent.  Our experience shows that once a horse becomes blind, the horse develops other senses to a greater degree.  Then, the newly blind horse relaxes and learns new ways to live. This process takes very little time.

If you have a horse going blind, my suggestion is to place duct tape on the horse's fly mask to make him completely blind.  (See Photo) I recommend that you not try to save the horse's sight. In my experience, a completely blind horse is much safer than a horse who is still struggling to see and jumpy about it. You will be amazed at how quickly a horse adapts to blindness.  Then, after a few weeks, you can begin the process of training and riding your horse.  You will be amazed!

Please contact us to help you work through this process.

Horses go blind for many reasons.
Here are some of the ones we have experienced:

  1. Equine uveitis, a recurrent infection often  referred to as moon blindness.

  2. Traumatic injury to the brain or eye.

  3. Cataracts.

  4. Eyes poked out by accident.

  5. Sometimes, horses are born blind.

 
 

Want to volunteer with Flurry's Hope? Want to adopt a horse?  Print the Consent Form and Application and then contact Emilie Storch. You can volunteer with your time, your money, your expertise, and your love for horses - we need you!

 

All About Fly Masks:

We put fly masks on all of our blind horses.  Of course they regularly take them off, but we try.  Here's why:

1.  Some of their eyes hurt in the sun, especially if they have equine recurrent uveitis.

2.  We prefer the horses to be completely blind and fly masks help accomplish this. If horses have any sight at all, they will try to use that and it changes regularly.  This can make them jumpy. When horses go completely blind, they give up trying to see altogether and begin depending upon their other senses.  Blind horses become very adept at using their hearing, smell, sense of vibration, mental map and other senses we know they must have that we don't have.  They calm down quickly and are amazing to watch as they become increasingly confident in moving around and being ridden.

3. Flies are very bothersome and we try to minimize their irritation. 

 
 

A Note from our Director, Dr. Emilie Storch

I am continually reminded of Proverbs 31:8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute." And Proverbs 24:11-12 "Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering towards slaughter. If you say. 'But we knew nothing about this,' does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay each person according to what he had done?" As you know, Flurry's Hope is not just about blind horses. It is about redeeming that which is valuable that others want to throw away. It is saying to the world, "There is a huge treasure in disability." It is teaching our children that perfect doesn't exist and there is life in understanding how to show compassion and value that which is rejected. I believe that Flurry's Hope is God's way of showing that He brings the dead to life. Second Chance Ranch is really about the dead living. It is a symbol that there is always a second chance in life. It is knowing that our faith in Christ allows us to have hope for anything that seems beyond repair. These are the messages that we want the world to hear and they are said so well through blind horses. These horses have no power but, when given their lives back, give life to others who meet them, ride them and see redemption with their very own eyes. They allow, through our co-op program, teenagers who could not afford a horse, to have one of their own to love, care for and ride at our ranch. This is a beautiful sight to behold for every horse would love to have an adoring teenager. As always, I want to reiterate that we know that we could never do this alone. It is only through "the many" that redemption can come to more horses.

 
 
What are the criteria for accepting a blind horse at Flurry's Hope?

     1. They are blind.

     2. They are below the age of 20 and otherwise healthy.

3. They can be ridden.

4. Their lives are in danger.

5. We have room in our program.    

We get requests every week to take in wonderful horses who are going to die. Earlier this year, Dr. Storch was overwhelmed with requests, and it took us a little while to sort through them. When she contacted the group who had a mother and blind baby, they told her that they had been killed just the day before. A baby was killed just because of its blindness. We were one day too late. That was something we think we will never forget. Here is a picture of Promise, the Thoroughbred who was saved by a noble vet; she was to be killed as a three-month-old blind baby. She spent some time learning dressage from Dierdre Kevorkian,who is one of our board members. Promise now lives at Second Chance Ranch.  She is a phenomenal horse who would have been sold for $25,000, if she had sight.
 

  1. Do you have extra hay?

  2. Can you help clear land?

  3. Do you have extra tack?

  4. Round pen panels?

  5. Help build shelters?

Please contact Emilie Storch.
WE NEED YOU!

Everyone Needs a Second Chance!

The mission of Flurry’s Hope is to show the treasure in blind horses and their potential for riding.  We offer help to others in learning how to care for and train their blind horses.  

We are located on 30 beautiful acres at the corner of Lowe and Sharp Roads in Madison, NC. Our ministry is not only to provide a sanctuary for blind horses but all kinds of second chances happen here. It seems that the hearts of all who hear about us resonate to the message that we must provide second chances in life to everyone. This is how we can see God's redemptive nature at work. It's never too late for God to redeem our lives. No matter what has happened... no matter what shape we are in... God can always do amazing things... better than we thought, hoped or even dreamed!

 

Blind Horses are
Outta Sight!

 

We have cool T-Shirts printed for our Flurry's Hope fans - you should have at least one!

 

You can now purchase them right here!


Cost is $20,
including shipping / taxes.

You can also find more products with Flurry's Hope Logo on Cafe Press.com http://www.cafepress.com/sk/FlurrysHope

Colors
Sizes

Color and size selections may be limited, so please specify alternatives in the PayPal 'notes' section. $20 price includes shipping and any applicable taxes.

 
Would you please make a contribution?
Our work is supported only by donations from caring people like you. Donations to Flurry's Hope will help fund further public awareness and help for blind horses. We are a
501(c)3 organization and your donations are tax deductible. Our suggested donation to accept a horse is $300. To ADOPT one of our wonderful horses is $300.

Please send your donations to:

570 Lowe Rd

Madison, NC 27025

You can also click to make your donation via Secure PayPal. We appreciate any amount that you can give, and everything you give will go directly to the work. Our volunteers take no salary, so that you can make a difference. Thank you!  
 

Want some books about horses and others who deserve second chances? Learn more about this and other books by following this link to www.restingplacebooks.com.

 

Also, please visit other "horse-friendly" websites, like HorseFriendsNC.

 

We need people who will adopt one of these special animals. We are glad to help with as much information and support as possible. Please contact Dr. Emilie Storch for more details.

   


 

Flurry's Hope

570 Lowe Road

Madison, NC 27025

336.420.1105

emilie@flurryshope.com