- Horse Name: Orion
- Price: $500
- Location: Kerhonkson, NY
- Breed: Quarter Horse
- Gender: Gelding
- Height: 15.0 Hands
- Color: Roan
- Foal Date:
- Markings: Red roan, white face
- Weight: 1000 lbs
- Temperament: 7 (1=Bombproof, 10=Hot)
Age: Approximately 11 Years Old
Size: Horse (exact height currently unknown)
Color: Red Roan
Weight: 1000 lbs
Riding Ability: Currently in training working on being ridden. Has been broke to ride previously, is relearning how to respond to a handler now that he is blind.
Driving Ability: Unknown
History: Orion was brought to a livestock auction to be sold in an area where kill buyers will buy horses to ship them to Canada for slaughter. His owner brought him in, tied him to a post at the auction house and left without a second thought about what might happen to him, even though he was blind and had no idea where he was or what was happening. When he was brought into the auction room he was being bid on by a kill buyer and we knew we had to save him.
Orion is an 11 year old Quarterhorse who has cataracts. Our vet says he is in great shape and is even able to see some shadows and light in one of his eyes which helps him get around. We also had him examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist, who has counseled us that he would not be a candidate for cataract surgery. He is still able to get around well, as long as he has an experienced handler or another horse by his side. He loves to be doted on and stands well for grooming, the vet or the farrier. We are just starting him in a training program to help keep his mind stimulated, although he would be very happy to just be a companion horse as well!
(Although we were originally looking to adopt Libra and Orion out together, we found that once we moved to a new location where our horses could live in 24 hour turnout, Orion began to need Libra less and less. He seems to improve more every day with his new found independence, and we decided to separate them to help both find homes faster. Libra found her forever home, and now it is Orion's turn!)
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