HOC ROSE BLIND HORSE SANCTUARY RESCUE

HOC Rose Sanctuary Rescue (HOC Rose) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, located in Stacy Minnesota.  HOC Rose is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of blind horses, long term care for hard to adopt blind horses.  We share our knowledge and tools  with the horse community on taking care of blind horses. Be their advocate and voice.

Blind Horses can still have same wonderful life as any other seeing horses if given chance to learn to cope, adjust and thrive as a blind horse.

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HOC Rose to Host Virtual 5K Fun Run
Hoof It for the Horses

Stacy, MN: HOC Rose Blind Horse Rescue Sanctuary (HOC Rose) invites horse lovers of all ages and abilities to participate in the first annual virtual 5K called “Hoof It for the Horses” on Sunday August 30, 2020. The purpose of the fun 5K Run, Walk or Trot is to raise $15,000. The funds will be used to cover basic care for the blind horses such as annual vaccinations and dental care, hay and grain, farrier, and vet care for the 5 blind horses currently residing at the Sanctuary.  Rescued blind horses often need additional care beyond basic needs including eye care, special re-training so that they can be stabilized and restored to good health and hopefully adopted to permanent homes.  Register for the 5K at www.hocrosesanctuaryrescue.org.  Commemorative t-shirts are also available.  Register and order shirts by August 4 to guarantee t-shirt delivery in time for the event.

HOC Rose currently is host to 5 blind horses. The average annual cost to support each horse is $2,000. We fundraise year-round but since Covid-19 we’ve had to try to rely on donations alone, which is barely enough to keep us afloat.  The fundraising events really help.  We would love to see the community come together and support the blind horses.

HOC Rose is really excited about the new barn and corrals. We put so much planning into this barn and areas to make the space safe and friendly for both blind horses and visitors. In the near future Hoc Rose will welcome guests to meet the blind horses and offer learning experiences.

We have an amazing HOC Rose volunteer board of 4 people (two are deaf and two hearing). Kari Belevender oversees the whole operation. Julie Hausner-Bauch is our interpreter coordinator who is responsible for arranging American Sign Language interpreters for appointments, booths, events, and visitors. Signe Reistad is our volunteer coordinator and is also our right-hand person. Teresa Domagalski is our right-hand person who helps wherever is needed. All four of us work together to plan events and fundraise to support the horse sanctuary. 

Our story:

Never did I ever think of those words “Blind horse” or that a blind horse existed until I fostered a horse that became blind later. I was so curious and saw the horse’s life becoming parallel in similar of my life. You see I am deaf and I do not feel disabled. I am labeled disabled and I don’t think I am disabled. You see I can do anything anyone can do. Just differently or with some accommodation.

I am standing at the corral looking at the horse I am fostering. Her name is Cami. She is becoming blind. I am trying to think, can a blind horse have a life? Then accommodation comes to mind.  Yes there must be a way.  Hesitation sets in.  I didn’t come from a 4H horse background. I am just a girl who dreamed she wanted to have her own horses someday. I just know the basics. And certainly didn’t know how to care for a blind horse.

Fast forward few years, - and the proud reality is that a couple of friends and I started a very small blind horse sanctuary rescue called “HOC Rose Sanctuary Rescue” in my back yard. To this date HOC Rose has taken in 5 blind horses. All five horses are blind. They are Cami, Sunny, Sasha, Oliver and Sabrina, and they are my teachers.  I have learned so much from them.  Each one has tons of personality.

HOC Rose has become their voice, their advocate, and shares with the world that blind horses can be as great as any other seeing horses if you let them cope, adjust and thrive. Find us on Facebook at “HOC Rose Sanctuary Rescue” and learn how blind horses are living full lives. HOC Rose recently started posting Blind Horse Owner’s stories every Sunday. Stories told by their owners in their own words of how they discovered their horse were going blind. They together coped, adjusted and thrived with their blind horses. Now they want to share their stories in hopes of helping more blind horses and horse owners thrive together.  On HOC Rose Facebook page, anyone can join our group “Blind Horse Mentor” a forum to ask any blind horse related questions. We have several Blind Horse Mentors in that group available to help with any questions or concerns. 

HOC Rose Sanctuary Rescue (HOC Rose), established in 2016, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Stacy Minnesota.  HOC Rose is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of blind horses, long term care for hard to adopt blind horses.  We share our knowledge and tools with the horse community on taking care of blind horses. We are their advocate and voice. Blind Horses can have the same wonderful life as any other seeing horses if given the chance to learn to cope, adjust and thrive as a blind horse.  www.hocrosesanctuaryrescue.org.  Please contact HOC Rose through our email address for any questions or donations at hocrose@gmail.com.