In the fast-growing sport of working equitation, a hotly-debated new rule would bar horses with complete loss of vision from competing, Horse Nation reports.
That new rule would shut out a particularly high-profile horse named Endo the Blind.
Working equitation displays a horse's ability to deal with a variety of obstacles and situations a working horse could expect to encounter, and a timed speed run through obstacles.
Currently there are three organizations that run competitions in the United States, and they are attempting to consolidate, which means there must be a set of consistent rules. And the new set of rules forbids blind horses from competing.
Endo's rider, Morgan Wagner, had this reaction on Endo's Facebook page:
"This hurts me deeply because my message with Endo is blind horses are still capable of anything a seeing horse can do and with love and trust anything is possible."
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