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Meet Hershey, the deaf and blind horse who, miraculously, was healed!

The Miracle Worker.

Did you ever see that movie?  Anne Bancroft played Annie Sullivan and a very young Patty Duke playing Helen Keller.

This isn’t a story exactly like that, but sort-of.  Hershey was deaf and blind.

Meet Hershey.

He is a 15′, 24 year old quarter horse.  Gorgeous.  Dark brown with a lovely blaze.  Hershey spent his younger years as a lesson horse.  He is described as incredibly kind and gentle.  He even took his previous owner on trail rides up to her 8th month of pregnancy!  Hershey got along with every other horse she had.  In fact, his previous owner ran all 7 of her horses together and they all loved Hershey.

And then, suddenly, Hershey was struck deaf and blind.  All of a sudden, with no preceding illness or upset, Hershey could no longer see or hear.  He wouldn’t come in when he was called nor did he respond and come in at feeding time as did all the other horses.   Hershey just stood there out in the pasture, not moving. His previous owner was distraught.

So, she contacted The Golden Carrot because she knew that TGC was known for taking in the old, forgotten, dumped aged and otherwise manageable but disabled horses.  It was worth a try…  After all, Hershey was such a good horse, was up to date on all of his shots and was otherwise a healthy gelding… he deserved a home to live out the rest of his life.

At first, when TGC  heard about Hershey, they were reluctant.  Yes, they took in many disabled horses, but they had no experience with blind horses let alone blind AND deaf horses.  And, donations have been down in this bad economy so taking in another without sponsorship was a risk.  After consideration, Casey from TGC declined taking Hershey in, but did offer to help re-home him.

In the ensuing weeks, Casey didn’t have any luck re-homing the deaf and blind Hershey… and she hadn’t heard back from the owner.  Hmmmmm.

A month later, Hershey kept popping into Casey’s mind so she contacted the owner to see how Hershey was doing…  The owner answered the phone and said that Hershey was the same.  She offered to send a photo of Hershey to Casey to help with re-homing him.

Casey got this photo from the owner…  Not good.

The photo Casey received about Hershey's condition...

Heartstrings a tuggin’, Casey immediately agreed to take Hershey.  She guessed it was time to foray into the world of blind and deaf horses!  At least, she thought, with all the older gentle horses at TGC, somebody would hook up with Hershey and be his eyes and ears.

So, Casey met Hershey.  Hmmmmmmmm.

Hershey upon arrival gets a trim. Skinny skinny.

He didn’t seem blind.  He also didn’t seem deaf.  But, he did seem really sickly and really skinny.  Hmmmmm.  This was all very odd.  On a hunch, Casey separated Hershey from  the other horses at TGC, which she would anyway with a new horse, and whaddyaknow… he watched her bring his food, had no trouble finding it, and ate every last speck.  In fact, he ate like a crazy horse. He ate everything.  He ate and ate and ate and ate…

He wasn’t blind or deaf.  He was simply the lowest guy on the ladder rung.  He wasn’t getting enough to eat and he became weak.  He couldn’t fight the other horses for food (and I guess the food wasn’t separated) so he didn’t bother any more.  Hershey just gave up. He was resolved to not eat and just wither away.  He was deaf and blind to the world around him because it had turned on  him.

Oy.  None of that!  “We will make you well!” was Casey’s battle cry!  No wonderful old school horse who has given his life to teaching kids and giving rides to pregnant ladies is going to die such a miserable and lonely starvation death!  Here is a direct quote from Casey:

Rear View after just one month at TGC!

Hershey has no vision or hearing problems – when it’s time for his bucket, he could find me if I was in Afghanistan. He has blossomed with 4-5 buckets a day, spread out over the day. After 5 days, he was looking to join the herd, although still freaked at the numbers facing him. He is slow to heal the little booboos he gets but is tolerant of being treated; he had a little fungus going on in his coat so has had a nice medicinal bath and a soaking with anti-fungal solution has stopped his tail rubbing. He did get some fly eggs laid in his right eye, and under the influence of some mighty drugs, he stood quietly while Dr. Zadick cleaned them out and injected his eye tissue with antibios and steroids. After a few days, he started to be impatient with the daily application of antibio ointment in his eye, so now I have to enlist the help of my neighbor. Once caught, he stands resignedly…. Dr. Z also had me give him another dose of Ivermectin to prevent fly eggs laid in his booboos from burrowing in ….. at this stage, he’s just too frail to fight off the usual stuff.

And, look at Hershey now!

Hershey now! Fit, happy and working his new job!

No longer deaf and blind… Hershey has filled out and is just getting better and stronger with each day!  The herd has assimilated him easily and he eats well with them.  And, he has fallen in love with Savannah.  Wow!  Nothing like good food and a new love to give one a fresh start in life!

Oh, and Hershey has a job!  As a school horse, he reigns SUPREME!  As the number one academic at TGC, Hershey truly is a lovely older gentleman that has lots of life left to bring to the children.  In fact, Casey has used Hershey to help a young girl who was shattered by a horrific horse accident.  Riding Hershey has rebuilt her confidence.  Atta Boy, Hershey, Atta Boy!

I tell this story because I would love for you to support THE GOLDEN CARROT this month.  As you know, TGC is our Bucket Fund Charity for the month of July.

Hershey, the misunderstood horse, saving another little girl from dispair.

Any amount (from $1 to infinity) helps and will be added to the bucket to create a combined donation at the end of the month.  To read more about THE GOLDEN CARROT, here is their website. And, here is the story we wrote about them previously.

Please click the DONATE button and help the wonderful owners and volunteers at The Golden Carrot who take in the old and forgotten horses.  Many of their sweet and forgotten 35 horses need support and sponsorship.  Please consider sponsoring (here is the link to TGC page for all the horses who need sponsoring) or donating here.  Bless The Golden Carrot for doing what most would rather not…

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IRON MAN’S Receipt and Things I Couldn’t do Without!


Here is the receipt or the June Bucket Fund from us to Iron Man, the rescued mustang foal and his buddies.  Yay!  We sent $175!!  They were THRILLED.  I mean it!  Shirley said that donations have been down and this money would really help with Foal Lac pellets.  So, THANK YOU ALL!!

Thank you for supporting the Bucket Fund!  For the month of July, we are supporting THE GOLDEN CARROT.  Here is a link to their story.



But first, I have a photo of my very guilty 2 year-old.  I left him in the barn while I went to get something to drink and when I came back, he had destroyed or knocked over every single thing in there.  When I asked him the obvious, “DID YOU DO THIS?!” he gave me this priceless expression!  He will never win at poker with that face…


I’ve spoken about some of these before, but I wanted to talk about them again because I was thinking to myself  about how much they help!  I thought you might like to know, as well, in case any of you had missed this.

1)  Garlic:

I use garlic to help keep the flying insects away from my horses.  It really, really works.  If I don’t use it, I can absolutely see the difference… When I use it, they might have a few flies on their fly masks and a few on their bodies.  If I do not use the garlic, they will have a carpet of flies on their faces and all over their bodies.

I get it from Springtime, Inc.  (no affiliation).  For me, it has been the least expensive and effective garlic that I’ve tried.  I did have a friend go to a local Health Food Store to see if their powdered garlic was less expensive, but it ended up being almost double the price (even including shipping).  So, I think Springtime is the best option that I know about.

2)  Predators:

I use fly predators.  Yes, they work, too!  In combination with the garlic and fly spray, I don’t have a very irritating fly problem and that is saying a lot since I have cows all around the ranch.

I have found that the predators from Spalding are the best (again, no affiliation).  They arrive on time, they take a few days to hatch and they are packed well.  If you get a dud pack (rare), they will replace it.  So, I totally believe in Predators.

3)  Cheap and good fly mask:

I found this fly mask early in the year.  It was on sale and I thought it might not be any good because who puts a fly mask on sale in the beginning of the season?  But, it is a really good one.

The eyes have darts.  It had double velcro.  The netting is strong.  The ear holes make sense.

The downsides are that they are kinda short on the nose and there is no forelock hole.  But, for the price, I think they are great!  You can get them at Valley Vet.  Super Mesh Fly Mask by Brookside.

4)  The Easy Catch Halter:

I love this thing!

I am one of those people that uses a lead rope around the neck to bring my horses in… not that smart.  So far, no accidents but plenty of close calls.  I should know better… and I do.  So, last year I purchased one of these at the Horse Expo.

It is great!  It is so easy, the horse doesn’t even know he’s been “got”.  I swear.  And, it looks really comfortable for the horse.  I highly recommend this for easy, lightweight  catching and easy moving.


This is a supplement that I use for coats and hooves.

I will never not use it.  It works so well, my trainer even uses it now.  (We all know how difficult it is to convince a trainer!)  He says that my horses always come in with the best coats and hooves.  This is why.  Equion.

I do have all my horses out on pasture and they all move around often and eat variable grass hays (no alfalfa).  Equion seems to fill in all the nutritional blanks.  I’m very pleased.

6)  Davis Boot:

This is a great all-around, inexpensive boot!  I use it to soak as well as keep a wrapped foot protected.

I have put this boot into service continuously on my mare and it still looks great!  The Davis boot lets the air in but still makes sure all is clean and together when it is time to change the wrapping.  This is so easy, I nearly kissed it the first time I used it…

Oh, and if it is too big, you can vet wrap the top closure (within reason).  I love this boot and have over-used my welcome with it since I’m borrowing my friends and haven’t given it back  yet.  Bonnie, I owe you!

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