Welcome to Flurry’s Hope Blind Horse Rescue!
Flurry’s Hope is named after Flurry, a blind horse that was given to Dr. Emilie Storch. This horse became an excellent mount but died suddenly in May of 2007. Because of her experience with Flurry, Emilie realized that wonderful horses were being killed just because they were blind. The blindness did not hinder their abilities to be ridden and enjoyed. Flurry’s Hope began with the vision to rescue these horses and now wants to raise public awareness of their ability to be excellent horses to ride.
The mission of Flurry’s Hope is to show the treasure in blind horses and their potential for riding. We offer help to others in learning how to care for and train their blind horses. We are located on 30 beautiful acres at the corner of Lowe and Sharp Roads in Madison, NC. Our ministry is not only to provide a sanctuary for blind horses, but all kinds of second chances happen here!
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Our work is supported only by donations from caring people like you. Donations to Second Chance Ranch will help fund further public awareness and help for blind horses. We are a 501(c)3 organization and your donations are tax deductible. Read more..
Meet Our Horses!
Flash is an approximately 19 year old bay thoroughbred/warm blood who has been with Flurry’s Hope for about six years. We do not know when or how she became blind however she does have signs of recurrent equine uveitis. Flash has a deep crevice in her face which we believe was due to abuse and it is surmised that she was blinded at this time. Flash is a very sweet horse who loves to be ridden. She gets along well with all the other horses and is a very cooperative sort. Flash has a beautiful lean body and is beautiful to see being ridden.
Hope is a 2 year old palomino who came to Flurry’s Hope at the age of three months. She was bred to be a reigning horse but was born blind and slated to be killed. Her owner in Italy emailed us asking for help. Hope came from Texas with her surrogate mother and has been everyone’s “baby” ever since. She now thinks she is just as mature as all the other horses although several of them try to take care of her. She clearly doesn’t think she needs that anymore! Hope is very friendly and has been doing ground work for some time. Everyone is looking forward to the time that Hope can be ridden.
Fanny is a 19 year old thoroughbred/quarter horse from Illinois, and has been with Flurry’s Hope for about 8 years. Before she came to us, she was separated from the sighted horses in her herd for quite some time. This must have been extremely difficult for her, and one can see this in her personality as she has a great deal of anxiety. Fanny has a hard time trusting and bonding with people. We do not use her in our riding program but she is the love of one of our volunteers, Mike, who plays with her as much as he can. Fanny and Mike have a wonderful love relationship going on. It is great to see Fanny have that special someone to spend time with her.
Casino is a quarter horse who is approximately 15 years old and was a barrel racer from Louisiana. He was dropped off at a veterinarian blind. This wonderful horse is our most athletic horse, is very fast and is regal in his bearing when ridden. Casino is such a gentleman in his attitude and is more reserved than many horses. He is somewhat anxious and needs a confident rider, but he has a tremendous capacity to love. Casino never had anyone consistent before Kirsten arrived at the farm about a year ago. She is a 16 year old who has bonded with Casino. They are amazing to watch as she rides him with a halter and lead ropes cantering through the field. Looking at the two of them together melts hearts. She is just who Casino has been waiting for since he came to the ranch about six years ago.