I first heard about this little blind pony named Indienne last November, when I received an email from a lady in France named Heather. The pony belonged to a neighbor and had just gone blind. Heather was taking over the care of Indienne and was looking for some head and eye protection for?her. She contacted us because she had seen our BlindHorses.org website. I emailed her links to resources that would help, and Heather recently sent me a couple of updates on how Indienne is doing — including that photo above. With Heather’s permission, I thought I’d share some of her experiences:
From an email earlier in May:
“I wrote to you some time ago about a blind horse that my neighbour presented me with. Indienne is a 20 year old Apaloosa which went blind because of lack of fly protection. Five months ago I was asked by her owner to put drops in her eyes but on veterinary inspection?… she was pronounced blind. So Indienne and me started a journey — supported by the advice you give on your site. I persuaded her owner not to send her to the abattoir and we started working together. She adapted well to life in a large stable. With regular visits and walks, after a few months she became less anxious. I finally felt confident to let her out to graze — in a Guardian mask [Steve adds: that’s what she is wearing in the photo above], to protect her eyes from more physical damage and a homemade head bumper. She is now turned out for 6 hours a day. I find that she doesn’t move too much in her pasture so we walk for 30 minutes every day too. As we live in France and summer is hot, Indienne will soon spend nights out and days in the cool of a fly-free stable. I would just like to say: thanks Steve, for giving me the confidence to help Indienne and I would like to encourage everyone to have a go – neither they nor their horse have anything to lose.”
And from an email last week:
“I own 10 horses and look after a further 10 but my time walking Indienne to her field and back is really wonderful – often the highlight of my day.
The absolute trust she shows and her intelligence amazes me every day. In just two months she has clocked everything in her path from stable to pasture (nearly a kilometer). The stallions are recognised with an indifferent snort….the bleats of pygmy goats that live in her paddock are greeted with pricked ears and chomping grass is near….opening the creaky gate to her field produces tugging on the lead rein – real excitement. Today, when I went to fetch Indienne, I left the gates to my property open – she is used to having to wait for me to open them when we come back to her stable. She recognised this change of routine and as she walked through the open gates she paused, almost thoughtfully as if to say, ‘normally around here we stop, there is a grating sound and I have to do a manoeuvre…’ It just takes time, patience and advice from people like you – that makes a real difference just one blind horse at a time. Heather.”
Heather, thank YOU so much for doing everything you can for?Indienne. This was just wonderful to hear!
Rebecca M. says
I love seeing these success stories. I’m glad this horse got the chance she deserves.
Wonderful story 🙂
Barb Ribinski says
I’m so happy that Heather cared enough and had the patience to want to help the little horse. Most animals will do well given time and help and attention. Indienne will become even more confident over time, I’m sure. Thank you Heather for caring! Indienne is very pretty.
Wow..what a wonderful and warm story, Heather, you rock!
Tonya Allen says
That’s a beautiful story. More indication that your influence is felt far and wide. Indienne looks as if she feels very calm and secure.
They wanted to kill it because it went blind because they didn’t protect its eyes?! So they in essence caused the blindness? Thank goodness for Heather!
It is wonderful to know that your information is helpful to others, both humans and animals, all over the world. What a great person Heather is for stepping in and helping, is seems like she is getting as much out of it as the beautiful horse is! What a lovely story.
So happy for this beautiful horse!! Indienne is lucky to have someone so caring and loving to help her maneuver and enjoy life. Thank you to Heather for giving this girl a new life. Thanks also to Rolling Dog Farm for all the info they sent to Heather and sharing this story with us.
stu kertiss says
Wonderful story. Reminds me of my blind appaloosa “Socks”. He lost his sight gradually so it was not traumatic for him.I made good use of theGuardian Masks. You may recall me thanking you for the advise I got from blindhorses.org.
Unfortunately I lost him a couple of years ago. But it was great to read about Indienne and Heather.
BLESS ALL OF YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF THOSE WHO NEED IT.
Heather, Indienne and RDF – you are all making the world more beautiful, tolerant and educated.
This is an amazing story from afar which has warmed many hearts and sparked many minds.
Sending much love to Indienne, what an amazing girl.