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Last year, Catskill Animal Sanctuary rescued Buddy, a blind horse who was about to be euthanized. The team introduced Buddy to another geriatric blind horse at the sanctuary named Buddy, and they quickly became friends. Videos of their friendship have since garnered millions of views on TikTok.


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The Buddy, who was already at the sanctuary, arrived in 2007 after he lost his sight. He is 35 years old and has a disease called uveitis, which makes UV rays painful. Catskill decided to remove his eyes a couple of years later to relieve his pain. The staff cleans his eye sockets a couple of times a year.  

“Horse sockets are very big so any skin left on top would be susceptible to injury or puncture. We don’t cover them ourselves because Buddy is perfect the way he is and covering them would really be more for the humans than it would be for him,” says Catskill in the video. 

The newer Buddy also went blind because of uveitis. He’s 31 years old, and the sanctuary may decide to remove his eyes too, depending on how much pain he’s experiencing.  


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“The Buddys don’t need a seeing-eye companion as they are very familiar with their field and are fed and watered in the same place every day. They almost never bump into their fences, though they do sometimes bump into each other.” 

Kathy Stevens and the team at Catskill have been providing a sanctuary for blind horses for over 20 years. They use verbal cues (“up” and “down”) and will pat the ground in front of the horses to help them navigate their environments. Both horses are shining examples of the possibility of living a rich life, even in the face of losing sight.  

To learn more about Catskill Animal Sanctuary, click here.

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