So yesterday it was pouring rain, so I couldn't ride, but my boyfriend had to go to the barn and feed, so I went along anyways to help out and to say hello to my boy.
Well, at the barn, we have an older horse named Chief who is blind. He's in a pasture with his "girlfriend", Macey, and a few other mares. For the most part, they look after him and he'll follow Macey whenever they walk around so he doesn't run into anything. My boyfriend went into their pasture to give them hay and I went around to another part of their pasture to shut a gate to keep them off the grass for the night. All of the horses in the pasture were under a shed due to the rain, but when they saw me closing the gate and my boyfriend putting out hay, they left the shed and went to go get dinner. However, for some reason, Chief didn't follow. I don't know if he didn't want to leave the protection of the shed or what, but I knew it would be very difficult for him to find his way over to the rest of the horses, even though he's doing remarkably well for a horse with no eyesight. I also didn't have a lead rope or halter to get him with. So, I decided to try using my voice..
I called him for a minute or so and he'd look my way, then he started walking towards my voice. When he got to me, he started walking past me, but he immediately wasn't sure of what was in front of him and started pacing. So I talked to him again and he stopped what he was doing and came to my voice. When he got to me, I put my hand on his neck and talked to him while I walked him over to his buddies. But before we could get all the way there, he smelled Macey and trotted over to her.
I don't know why, but I just thought it was so amazing that Chief followed the direction of my voice to safety. He trusted me enough to do it and everything. He's not my horse, so I'm not even around him that often. It was just really cool.
Anyone else have any neat stories of helping horses?