The E.P.O.N.A. Board of Directors organized an e-mail and phone call campaign to target other rescues that possibly had empty stalls and the desire to take these special cases. Many rescues from around the country stepped up to offer to help E.P.O.N.A. in its final days. Flurry’s Hope, a nonprofit organization located in Madison, N.C., that specializes in rescuing blind horses and educating others in care and training of their own blind horses, offered to home Ice Man, a blind horse, due to his notoriety. Flurry’s Hope’s founder, Dr. Emilie Storch, believes that being blind often make them better horses because they make deep emotional connections and have acute senses. Her program brings blind horses needing a second chance together with disadvantaged youth who also need a second chance and can learn from these gentle giants.

The Board of Directors also made several farm visits and had numerous offers to take all three horses when two long-time E.P.O.N.A. volunteers stepped up.

“When the volunteers offered to adopt, we were thrilled,” said Catherine Blake, President of E.P.O.N.A. “We are very fortunate that all three horses are going to people who know and love them and can stay right where they are without being relocated. This is a win-win for everyone, especially the horses!”

Ice Man, a Thoroughbred, and his guide horse, Prize, also a Thoroughbred, have been adopted by a local dentist and E.P.O.N.A. volunteer. Ice Man was well known as a competitive hunter jumper before he lost his sight to Uveitis. Prize, a retired racetrack horse from Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H., has stepped up as his guide horse over the past few months. They look like brothers and act like them, too.

Julie Rossetti, an eight year veteran volunteer of E.P.O.N.A, has adopted Chance, a 14-year-old Warmblood gelding. Chance is deserving of his name since he broke his leg years ago before arriving at E.P.O.N.A. His leg was set incorrectly, causing lameness for life. He gets around just fine, but cannot be ridden. Chance has his own fan club, and often gets letters and Christmas cards. One volunteer, who is also an artist, used to paint and sketch him in the summer months.

“I’ve been volunteering at E.P.O.N.A. since 2002 and have known Chance since the beginning,” Rossetti said. “He captured my heart on day one and hasn’t let go since. I’ve always loved him and decided to take this opportunity to make him mine forever.”

The three horses will remain living at the old E.P.O.N.A. property after the March 31 deadline passes, as it has been rented out by another former E.P.O.N.A. volunteer starting April 1 who is allowing the horses to stay.

If you’d like to support the cause of the blind horse, tax deductible donations can be made to Flurry’s Hope by visiting www.flurryshope.com.

E.P.O.N.A. thanks those who have offered their love and support over the years. Thank you.

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