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Woman wins in Dressage with blind horse
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In this article we see the compelling story of
Valiant and his owner Marilyn Fallon. Valiant is a horse that
carried her to a dressage championship despite
being totally blind:
Here we see that the owner of Valiant
decides not to let blindness stop her horse:
Valiant was healthy in every way except he couldn’t
see, but I could. How could one even conceive of discarding such a
wonderful, vibrant animal. I went through this thought discovery
process in my mind then I felt for the first time in my life, the
universe was presenting me with a very serious decision and
I wiped the tears away and decided the only
solution was to train and ride him. Upon leaving the hospital after
the diagnosis, the doctors asked me what I was going to do with
Valiant. I told them, "Train him to the highest level of dressage that
I possibly can." I’m sure they all thought I was crazy but wished us
In this inspiration success story we
note that Valiant did indeed compete successfully in Dressage:
I didn’t feel overwhelmed, just completely focused
on him. We were there to do the best we could and we did. Valiant
listened to me the whole test. It was the best test of my life even if
it was only a 53.07%!
After the final salute, the judge stood up and
asked me if he was blind in one eye. I said, "No, he’s blind in both
eyes." She nearly fell off the platform and said it was truly
remarkable what he’s doing and wished us the best of luck in the
future. I received nothing but incredible support from our dressage
This heartwarming story reminds me
that it works both ways. Just as a blind person can use a sighted
horse, a sighted trainer can successfully guide a blind horse.
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– People Magazine
that Janet and Don Burleson have initiated this valuable
experimental program teaming miniature horses with blind people
are leading the way for the blind
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. . are as small and disciplined as Guide Dogs
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Twinkie proved that
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