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    07-08-2009, 07:55 PM
Green Broke
Thank-you everyone, you've given me some very good info. I haven't contacted the facility yet (guess I am putting it off a bit) but you've given something to go on.

Zurmdahl, I really like the lease idea. T is blind in one eye, though it hasn't fazed her one bit. Not sure if that will prevent her from qualifing as a theraphy horse. Guess I won't know till I call.

Thanks again for all the info everyone. Hopefully I won't need to act on any of it.
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    07-08-2009, 09:29 PM
My sympathies towards you situation.

I've volunteered at an equestrian therapy program for the last four years or so. The horses do have to be bombproof. We play games with the riders, so the horses will have to tolerate balls hitting their legs, butt, etc. We also use rings and foam swords, poles and the such, so they have to be used to poles falling between their ears, rings falling all over them, things being wacked around them. We also take them on short trail rides, so they have to be bombproof on the trail as well.
The program I volunteer for only operates Saturdays and Sundays, and each horse goes out approximately four times each day, just walk and trot. Honestly, my program isn't the ideal place to keep a horse. Especially for a sensitive horse, bouncing kids yanking on their faces is not a good mix, and although they're taken care of, they don't really receive the attention they deserve.
I don't believe blindness alone will keep your horse qualifying as a therapy horse.
I guess the only way to see if your horse will fit there is to go out and make sure it's a place where you want your horse to be. As with any regular barn, some therapy places are better than others.
    07-09-2009, 10:14 AM
The one horse at the facility I work at is blind as well. She was used by the amish to pull the buggy that took the kids to school. But what happened apparently was that a pitchfork took out her eye... apparently it was a nasty accident. But the therapy program rescued her. Two of the three horses at the facility have problems but it doesnt stop them. Even if they are unridable they can still be used for hands on work with patients.
    07-09-2009, 06:26 PM
Im sure as long as it doesn't phase her any place would take her. The place I volunteer is in massachusetts, probably not too far from you. Here's their website if you're interestred:

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