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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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“Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me…” July’s Bucket Fund

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Although the above Statue of Liberty inscription was not written for the arrival of weary, homeless and forgotten horses, it totally fits for what I’m writing today…

One of my pet peeves is the forgotten horse.  You know the ones.  The old, the sick, the weary, the malcontent, the crippled…  Where do they go when their jobs are done?  We don’t want to think about that…  These horses are often dumped, sadly.


Having a few oldies but goodies around here, it especially pains me to think of them being left for no good.   Having been fine and wonderful companions for all of their lives and then to be cast asunder when they are no longer valuable for their work ability seems cold and heartless to me.

Who cares for these horses?  Who takes them in when their family has thrown them away?  Who is willing to tend to their special needs? Who?

Well, there are a few Equine Welfare Organizations that do…  I think they are wonderful.  So, today, I’m shining a light on one in particular,  THE GOLDEN CARROT.


The Golden Carrot is a 501c3 Public Benefit Charity.  It is a forever home for older and manageable disabled horses.  They are not available for adoption.  But, as a sponsor, you can help these deserving old horses live a graceful retirement to the end.

How wonderful is that?

Right now, there are 35 horses at the Golden Carrot, all getting the love and support they need.   11 are NOT SPONSORED by anyone at all –nothing.  9 are partially sponsored. It would be great to help them out with all of these non-sponsored horses. I know how hard it is to feed my own herd; I cannot imagine feeding and caring for the ones that need special attention without the much needed financial help of sponsorship.  So, for the July Bucket Fund, HORSE AND MAN is collecting for The Golden Carrot.

I’d like to tell a few stories of some of these non-sponsored horses.  Maybe one of you readers would like to help in your own way.  You could go to the website and look at all of the 35 stories and sponsor a horse you especially like.  Or, you can make a one time donation.  Or, you could drop an amount into our Bucket Fund and watch it grow throughout the month.  In any event, just knowing about wonderful places like this makes me feel better about the geriatric horses.  And, I want to help.  The Bucket Fund takes any amount ($1 – infinity) and applies it to one consolidated donation at the end of the month.

(I cannot even think about how heartsick I would be if one of my old horses was to be left or forgotten…)


Here is a list of all of the unsponsored horses, plus a little story about them.  Their much longer stories are written on their individual pages which I’ve linked to their names.  Please read about any and all of the horses at TGC.   But these few really need sponsors so I’m highlighting them here.

BUCK:  (28 yrs Tennessee Walking Horse)

Buck likes to give rides to little girls

Buck is a 17′ TWH that looks like a Fresian.  He was left without anyone to care for him because as an ex-show horse, he was a little high strung.  However, after years of settling, this champ has decided that his favorite thing is to give little girls rides on his back.  Buck adores kids!

Buck also adores Hava.  Well, adored Hava.  She died recently and he has no buddy yet.  Now, more than ever, Buck needs the attention from volunteers, the girl scouts that come by and ride him, and from a sponsor.  He needs a helping hand…

HAPPY:  (ancient Appendix QH)

Very old and ancient Happy is very happy...

No one knows how old he is because his teeth are so far protruded and worn… he could be ancient.  And although his tongue hangs out and he drools, the boy is very happy!  Happy is self-possessed and spends his time exploring all the areas of the Golden Carrot’s horse areas. He hangs with the other geldings, saying Hi and introduces himself. He was deeply in love with Star, and keeping up with that young mare kept him young!

However, as time went on, Star became enamored of Swing’s Lew and left Happy – to his obvious distress.  However, he’s now dividing his time between Sara and Duke, his stall mates, and seems to be doing fine.

STAR:   (7 yrs OTTB – tattoo)

Beautiful, young star was dumped...

Star is the young miss…  She was abandoned at an Animal Shelter for over a year.   As far as TGC can surmise, she is sound, has no injuries, is very willing, broke to ride and very sweet.  This is the one horse that could possibly be adopted out to the right home.  But, many of the older horses love her so we will see…

Star and Song are very bonded.  The girls are always together.  It is as if Song is the mother Star always wanted…

SONG:  (23 yrs, Arab x Welsh pony)  Song was abandoned because her family

Song, the pony with lots of motor!

was done with her.  She has no real ailments other than old age.  This girl is trained really well.  Put a saddle on her and she is good to go!  Song is a little work pony and takes the kids for rides around the ranch.  She is little but a powerhouse.  She and Star are best buds.

Song has no sponsors.  Doesn’t she have a great face?


Surely's faboo moustache!

(16 yrs QH)  Surely was left by her family to end up in a feedlot in Nevada.  She was terrified.  By the time she was rescued and brought to TGC, Surely was a wreck.  Within 10 days, she was down with an intense amount of severe, stress related ailments.  The worst being  respiratory problems and drylands distemper.  You should see the horrible ailment photos on her page.  Eek.  She was perfectly healthy until she went through the feedlot trauma.  So sad…

But, she survived.  And, she is a good girl with lots of love.  What I think is great is her one-sided moustache.  She doesn’t care and I think it is endearing.  This lovely girl needs a sponsor.
PEANUT:  (24 yr Appy)

Peanut, gorgeous Appy with ringbone

This mare is gorgeous and very fit for her age… She has ringbone and very sensitive skin.  But, she loves to take easy trailrides with the little girl scouts that come around.  Peanut is sweet and easy!

Peanut was adopted by Anna (horse) and her swain Dion.  The three were very happy, until August of 2009 when Anna passed away.  Dion is still attached to Peanut, who could care less!  Lucifer wants to be her man, but he simply can’t keep up with her, so Peanut stands alone ……   Peanut needs a sponsor.


Poor Shawnee, her friends keep leaving.

(25 yr TB mare)  Shawnee has a sad story.  She was very argumentative and hard to be around…  So, she was dumped.  After much work, the folks at TGC are now able to use her for lessons!  She will walk, trot and canter around the ring like the best of them!

Shawnee is still argumentative in the herd.  She will fight with the mares.  However, she loved Domino.  When Domino died, Shawnee began to follow Josh (horse)  around and Josh adopted her.  Then Josh died.  Oy.  Her life is tough… her buddies keep leaving her…  But now Shawnee has Beau and things are good.  This girl needs a sponsor.
DEBBIE (26 yr QH)  Debbie came into the sanctuary with her three goat buddies, Arnold, Jamie Lee and Angie.
It seemed that Debbie’s whole left side was not working correctly.  Trauma?  After extensive work on her, Debbie seems to get around just fine.  She is a very sweet girl.
Sadly, one of her goat friends died.  So, now Debbie spends her time with Mary another horse.
OK, if you have any question about the level of love shown to these horses by TGC, please read this… They lost one of their loved ones on Monday and here is the very moving tribute.  I’m crying right now… He was very loved in his last 15 months…  Read here.

Thank you for sharing this with me!  Please go to the website and look at all of the older horses in need.  If you’d like to help, please Click on the Bucket Fund and we’ll collect any amount you give and add it to all the donations for our July Horse And Man Group donation to THE GOLDEN CARROT.

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