Freshman Lillian “Lily” Hannah, a member of Pinkerton Academy's Equestrian Club, rides her blind horse Pet on Hampton Beach. (COURTESY)
Blind horse opening eyes for Pinkerton Academy equestrian club
She will be ridden by her owner of five years, Pinkerton freshman Lillian "Lily" Hannah. Suzanne Pedneault, the club's adviser, said Pet has been blind since she was 5 years old because of a degenerative condition. The horse is now about 22.
Pet responds to such commands as "step up," Lily's mother, Liz Hannah, said. Give that direction, and she will step over a log or other obstacle.
The Equestrian Club will be participating this year in the New Hampshire High School Equestrian Teams' competitions.
Lily is getting Pet ready to compete in the shows that will be held starting on March 29 at Brookvale Pines Farm, 154 Martin Road, in Fremont, Pedneault said.
She is capable of riding on trails and has even been taken to the beach, Liz Hannah said.
Guiding Pet along a trail requires some changes in how directions are given, she said.
"Pet is fully functional, but you do need to be conscious of what the ground looks like," she said.
If there is an obstacle ahead in the trail, the rider needs to be her eyes.