Emilie Storch has always loved horses but after being diagnosed with MS, she needed something new to live for. She found it in blind horses.
Madison, NC -- Within two days, Dr. Emilie Storch buried her father and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That is a lot to take in a lifetime, much less two days.
Her world seemed to be falling apart. It would have been easy to give up. It would have been easy to focus on herself. Instead she chose to help others with disabilities. She began helping others with MS. Then after being given a blind horse named Flurry, she began to turn her attention to horses with a disability, blindness. Flurry passed away unexpectedly but, her spirit and name live on through Flurry's Hope to give blind horses a second chance.
Many people think a blind horse should be "put down". According to Storch, "Blindness is not a significant disability for a horse". They can still lead productive lives and even have riders. In fact, Storch says blind horses are great horses who don't run away, listen to their riders and make deep personal connections.
It is hard work and quite expensive to care for horses. Storch has created a co-op program for kids and adults who love horses but can't afford their own. For $75 and 10-12 hours of work a month, you can care for a horse as if it is your own. Saturdays are ride days. The program does involve a lot of work around the farm, caring for and training your horse.
There is a constant need for feed, hay, tack, fly masks, gates and round pens. They can also use monetary donations and volunteers. This Saturday, July 9th is a work day. You can just show up between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Here is the address:
570 Lowe Rd.
Madison, NC 27025
You can reach them by email at flurryshope.com
Also 336-420-1105 (email is responded to faster)
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