Thunder is an incredibly gentle horse, and became an immediate favorite among the volunteers when he arrived at Sunrise. He loves attention and eagerly awaits visitors, tilting his head to the side to listen to the goings-on at Sunrise Horse Rescue. This endearing head tilt may have developed as he lost his sight and learned to compensate. Although he is blind, he is well-trained and cognizant of his surroundings. We are currently in the search among our horses for the right leader and friend for Thunder. A leader can be especially beneficial for some blind horses, and Thunder in particular likes following other horses around. Bonds between horses develop naturally, and we believe it improves their quality of life. Horses are highly social animals, which is one reason many people are drawn to them, and we encourage all of our horses to bond with each other.
Breed: Appaloosa | Born: 1995 | Origin: Napa County | Joined the herd: 2017
Thunder lived with a family and their other horse since he was just 8 months old. He grew up as the family’s beloved trail horse, and happily resided with on a hillside pasture in Napa for years. When Thunder developed moon blindness, a condition common in Appaloosas, he slowly lost his sight. Eventually, he was unable to navigate his hillside home, and it became unsafe for him to stay. At the recommendation of their veterinarian, Thunder’s family sought the help of Sunrise Horse Rescue. He now spends his days at the rescue in an area that he can safely navigate.