From our Clearinghouse

Needs Home ASAP


Description of Jeb: 16 hand leopard Appaloosa, approximately 21-25 years old.  Former dressage champion.  Blind, but very sweet.  Needs a home asap. Owner will put him down if he is not placed soon.  He is a sweety!

Note from White Bird: Our experience with blind horses is that they are not the difficult keepers they might seem.  Also their quality of life (depending on other medical issues of course) is good to very good.  Having a quiet pasture buddy and an obstruction free paddock is essential.  As our own Rudy taught us, their sense of hearing will often give them the appearance of  “seeing” what is happening around them.

Location: North Carolina

Contact: (acting for owner)

4 comments to From our Clearinghouse

  • sami

    please do not put jeb down! he deserves to live a happy long life ….thankyou goodbye.

  • Sami: Jeb is not here at White Bird. Rather he was being advertised for the owner, who is seeking a home for him. As we cannot take in every horse that needs rehoming, we try to provide alternate ways of helping out. We agree that blind horses generally have a high quality of life and should not be euthanized for this reason, alone. At this time, the Rescue has seven horses with vision issues that range from moderately impaired to profoundly blind. All function very well, despite their loss of visoin.

  • It just totally ticks me off when people “throw away” a horse they have no use for any longer. I will never understand how anyone can just take a life for such stupid reasons.

    Jorg – thank you for all you do at White Bird.

  • Jorg

    We have heard every reason under the sun for surrendering horses. These include: “He is no longer sound and we can’t afford to feed a horse we can’t use,” “We are downsizing” and “He is foundering and I just can’t deal with this.” But we have also seen cases of severe hardship by owners who were still feeding their horses even when they, themselves, were going without. On balance, we would rather see a horse euthanized humanely by the owner than dumped or just allowed to die. This is probably the thinking of the owner of this horse, who realizes that homes for blind horses are exceedingly difficult to find and does not wish him to suffer a hardship due to his or her inability to care for him. But we also try hard to help the “good guys” who are trying to do the right thing and to not enable the people who are trying to do the wrong thing. In the end, it all comes down to determining what is good for the horse and that sometimes means making difficult choices in a less than perfect world. We do, by the way, always have nice, well-adapted blind horses here looking for homes. Just thought I’d throw that out there in case someone out there would like a new friend with a special need :).

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