Sally Schreiner, Administrator of Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired (NCECBVI) brought a few students, coworkers, and friends out to her 10 acre home where the children got to bond with Schreiner's visually impaired horse.
Schreiner and her husband Rob decided to adopt a horse from the Nebraska Humane Society, after they were left with only one horse after one passed away. "The horse was so lonely," said Schreiner. When she contacted the Humane Society, they told her about a horse they had that had been neglected and abandoned in a trailer during the snow. The woman at the humane society told Schreiner that this horse was somewhat difficult to adopt out, as she had the left eye removed and was visually impaired. Schreiner said, "You won't believe what I do for a living." The Humane Society knew right away that it was a perfect match, letting the Administrator at the Nebraska School for the Blind adopt a visually impaired horse.
The Schreiners adopted the horse in September of 2017 and she is about 3 years old. The shelter had named the horse Maizy, after the word "Amazing," as the staff at the Humane Society really thought she would have to be put down due to malnutrition and an infection in the eye. Not only did the horse have to have an eye removed, but she also had frost bite on the side of her face and had to have an ear cropped.
This was the first time any of the NCECBVI students met Maizy, and they had a blast! The students took turns petting the horse and feeding her, and some even got to sit on Maizy for a short minute. "Giddy Up," said Skye Shipley-Parris while she experienced her first time on a horse.
Schreiner said, "Our students thought it was pretty cool to meet a horse that had vision problems like they do. The students stay at NCECBVI Monday-Friday during the school year, and are finishing up their classes, where they will soon get to go home to their families for the summer.
For more information about NCECBVI or about Maizy the horse, contact Sally Schreiner at (402) 873-5513 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.