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post #1 of 42 Old 08-25-2013, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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Cody the 9 week old BLIND Andalusian colt!

My (dog/cat) rescue has been networking this little guy for a home/rescue, but we ended up taking him in ourselves!

Here are some pictures and part of his story:

"Meet Cody, a 9 week old Andalusian colt who was born completely blind, due to his eyes not being fully developed. Cody was very thankful to have been born to an owner who, rather then ending his life prematurely and unnecessarily, chose to give him a chance at a full and happy life. Cody's owners reached out to the rescue community for help in finding a suitable home/rescue for him, as they knew it would take a special person to commit the next 30+ years to him and his special needs. Being the plea originator for Cody's plight in finding a home/rescue, LEASH Animal Rescue grew deeply committed to making sure this little guy found the knowledgeable and permanent home that he needed in order to be brought up properly and be able to grow up to live a happy, normal life. LEASH Animal Rescue agreed to take Cody into their rescue on a "sanctuary basis", meaning that the rescue will be a forever home for Cody, and he will never be at risk of ending up in the wrong hands, at an auction, or sent off to slaughter."

"While Cody was handled from time of birth to 2 weeks of age, for the following 5 weeks, Cody did not have much human contact at all. By the time Cody was 7 weeks old, he had become frightened of human contact and due to his lack of vision grew into the habit of walking, trotting, and cantering in small circles in his stall. When Cody was 7 weeks old, I had the pleasure of meeting him for the first time and being the first person to work with him since 2 weeks of age. In just a little over an hour, Cody went from cantering in circles in fear to standing next to me with a rope around his neck, letting me pet him."

"I have been visiting and working with Cody at least once a week since I first met him, and he has improved a lot! His circling has gone down quite a bit, now that his fear of humans has been eliminated and he is now more sure of where he can go in his stall. It took a few visits to get him used to being touched all over his body (face, ears, tummy, hind end, legs, etc.), and now he is getting used... to his legs being picked up. Cody is now halter broke (with assistance from his prior owners), he is used to being brushed, and he has been introduced to the noise a scary plastic bag makes (a nightmare for most horses!). Getting used to a spray water bottle (and then eventually fly spray) is on his agenda. We have also been working more on his leading, and he is starting to get a hang of the concept."

2 weeks old:

Newer pictures-

First time being touched by a human in 5 weeks-

With his mom the same day-

About 2 weeks later-

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post #2 of 42 Old 08-25-2013, 05:23 AM
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He's adorable! Keep up the good work :)
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post #3 of 42 Old 08-25-2013, 06:14 AM
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Oh my god, what a cutie! Can't wait to watch him grow up!
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post #4 of 42 Old 08-25-2013, 08:41 AM
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He's a cutie! What a great story. I can't wait to watch him grow!
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Love this story, will defiantly be following this story.
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post #6 of 42 Old 08-25-2013, 09:36 AM
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I saw him on FB a few days ago and was praying he'd end up somewhere safe. I would have loved to offer a home, as I have experience with blind horses and they are the most amazing, resilient creatures, but unfortunately I was on the wrong side of the country. Looking forward to updates!

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post #7 of 42 Old 08-25-2013, 10:17 AM
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awh:) good job with him!
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Looking forward to watching him grow up! He's adorable!

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Are you guys keeping him at Tanzanite?? I might have to come out and see this little guy!

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What a sweetie. :)
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