Invisible beauty

It’s hard to believe that this horse arrived at my friend’s ranch only a few months ago

Uncared for, unloved, coat and mane matted

And with a sad sad look in his eye.

With love and attention he blossomed into this beauty —

A treasure that went unrecognized

Because he only has one good eye

And an empty socket where the other one used to be.

Luckily, he’s in the safe loving hands of someone whose heart recognized his inner beauty.

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. — Kahil Gibran

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61 responses

  1. This is so heart wrenching, I’m glad he is getting the love he has always deserved ♥

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    July 23, 2011 at 15:53

  2. What a beautiful creature. I’m glad he’s being cherished.

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    July 23, 2011 at 15:55

  3. Gorgeous, gorgeous animal. I’m not even a horse person and I want to touch him. Love Kahlil Gibran…

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    July 23, 2011 at 15:56

  4. wow that is so awesome!! those photos speak many words. you should link this to give back thursday this thursday that is an amazing way to give back!!

    http://georgiascookiejar.blogspot.com/p/give-back-thursday.html

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    July 23, 2011 at 16:01

  5. My relatioves horse 31 years Arabian was shot on July 4th in rural Montpelier Vt. HSUS is investigating- hard to think people are so callous..Lovely friend here Sandy

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    July 23, 2011 at 16:05

  6. Mmmm, mmmm, mmm!! Such a wonderful, precious critter.

    BOBBLEHEAD HERON Come by and see!!

    Have a great weekend!!!

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    July 23, 2011 at 16:52

  7. He is a beauty. I’m glad he was rescued.

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    July 23, 2011 at 17:40

  8. Such cruelty is hard to imagine, yet there it is. What brings people to this? Thank goodness this creature has found a good home now!

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    July 23, 2011 at 17:41

  9. What a beauty, sad to know about the eye.

    You know Horse along with dogs are possibly the most loyal animals, leave them anywhere but they come back to their master, it must have been a very sad moment for this horse to leave his original master (whatever may be the reason) but as they say when one door closes another opens.

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    July 23, 2011 at 17:46

  10. it breaks my heart to learn of animals that have been mistreated and I know it goes on all the time. each one that is rescued is a joy. lovely photos of this dignified beautiful creature.

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    July 23, 2011 at 17:58

  11. Beautiful animal.
    I’m glad he found somebody to care for him and give him love.

    Regards!

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    July 23, 2011 at 18:19

  12. Unbelievably heart wrenching… but I’m so glad he’s being taken care of now. My mom does the same thing… someone will rescue a horse from “the bad people” & bring the poor thing to my mom where she nurses them back to health. She has one named Sugar right now & boy is she a beauty!!! =)

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    July 23, 2011 at 18:26

  13. Hi Fiona,,, these is Beautiful Horse… great shoot my dear friend \(^_^)/

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    July 23, 2011 at 18:38

  14. Oh how special… That horsie knows that he is now loved…. He’s a beauty. Thanks for taking care of him.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    July 23, 2011 at 19:20

  15. What a wonderful story!!! And such a beautiful horse!

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    July 23, 2011 at 19:22

  16. Nice picture. Glad he found friends to love him.

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    July 23, 2011 at 20:11

  17. oh my he is a beauty…love the ragged coat and the blond mane…lovely

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    July 23, 2011 at 20:29

  18. Oh, I’m so glad he’s in a safe and loving place now. He’s just beautiful! Love it.

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    July 23, 2011 at 20:34

  19. Fint å lese om og se bilder av denne hesten.

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    July 23, 2011 at 20:49

  20. Blu

    Cuddles from me please!

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    July 23, 2011 at 21:15

  21. You are blessed to have given this sweet horse a home. I am sure he rewards you
    dailily with love and adoration. I cannot believe the inhumanity and cruelty of the
    human race!

    My Camera Critters is at:

    http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2011/07/camera-critters-172-great-camouflage.html#links

    I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

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    July 23, 2011 at 21:28

    • I should have been clearer. It is my friend who has given this horse a home.

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      July 24, 2011 at 07:38

  22. imac

    Sadly not all find kind owners, but this beauty has.
    Last shot is remarkable.

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    July 23, 2011 at 21:34

  23. great shots

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    July 23, 2011 at 22:34

  24. I just want to hug him and tell him everything will be alright now, but I’m sure he knows that already.

    —Kay, Alberta, Canada

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    July 23, 2011 at 23:21

  25. so true…it’s great someone was there for this lovely horse!

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    July 23, 2011 at 23:31

  26. Looks like he’s in good hands now 🙂

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    July 23, 2011 at 23:37

  27. Sometimes I worry that the world is full of the types of people that would neglect/abuse this animal. And then something (like this post) gives me hope.

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    July 24, 2011 at 00:55

  28. He is a beauty! I am so glad he has a happy and safe home now. Great photos.

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    July 24, 2011 at 01:03

  29. Ha, his hair looks just like mine every morning I get up! 🙂

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    July 24, 2011 at 01:52

  30. Isn’t it amazing what TLC can do? 🙂

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    July 24, 2011 at 02:06

  31. i’d love to have those eye lashes….wow what a beautiful animal !!

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    July 24, 2011 at 03:36

  32. Riet

    That is so good and beautiful. Thank you for sharing

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    July 24, 2011 at 05:31

  33. Oh, I’m so glad he found you and he you … what a lovely!

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    July 24, 2011 at 06:58

    • Oh, he’s at a friend’s ranch and she has taken him in and looks after him. Nowadays, he’s used for riding lessons and kiddie riding.

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      July 24, 2011 at 07:24

  34. nice story, happy ending
    you have good friends, who take care of this animal, he deserves it

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    July 24, 2011 at 12:55

  35. I just want to give him a hug.

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    July 24, 2011 at 13:08

  36. Good to hear he now has a loving home. There are so many stories like this one – more often, here, I come across dogs rather than horses with sad histories, and by the time I meet them they are happy and learning to trust their new people.

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    July 24, 2011 at 14:15

  37. I’m glad the poor fellow was rescued!

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    July 24, 2011 at 15:04

  38. Thats true about beauty 🙂 Such wonderful photos!

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    July 24, 2011 at 16:35

  39. Poor boy! I’m filled with helpless rage when I read how cruel people can be. I’m glad he’s safe and happy now.

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    July 24, 2011 at 17:11

  40. I’m so pleased that he’s found a good home now.

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    July 24, 2011 at 18:16

  41. It’s wonderful to see how a bit of love, care and attention can revive even the saddest creature.

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    July 24, 2011 at 19:11

  42. He’s beautiful! He looks to be so lovable.

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    July 24, 2011 at 19:15

  43. —Gorgeous.
    Lady Fi, You ALWAYS touch part of my heart.
    I am so thrilled he is thriving & Loved. We all Need LOVE.

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    July 24, 2011 at 19:43

  44. Jim

    Thank god for people like your friend! And for your photos which capture this beauty beautifully.

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    July 24, 2011 at 20:35

  45. I am so glad the horse has found the love of a caring home. Your special talent is finding beauty that is both visible and invisible to many of us.

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    July 24, 2011 at 20:45

  46. LOOOOOOVE IT!!!!!!!

    Is this a Halflinger by chance?

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    July 25, 2011 at 00:15

  47. God bless those who care for this lovely animal. You made my night!

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    July 25, 2011 at 03:41

  48. inspiring post!

    Aloha from Waikiki;

    Comfort Spiral

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    July 25, 2011 at 04:04

  49. I’ve been horse-crazy since I was 8 and read Black Beauty. Reading this brings tears to my eyes, just imagining what he went through before. He’s truly gorgeous now! Kudos to your friend and her gracious heart!

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    July 25, 2011 at 04:05

  50. Such a beautiful creature!
    This post touched my heart so much!
    Thank you! 🙂

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    July 25, 2011 at 04:16

  51. What a precious story!! And your neighbor sounds like “good people” !!!

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    July 25, 2011 at 13:33

  52. He’s so fuzzy! I’ll take him home!

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    July 25, 2011 at 13:36

  53. What a sweetheart! Love his coloring too. I think God holds us responsible for the creatures about us.

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    July 25, 2011 at 14:12

  54. fantastic close-ups of a gorgeous creature!
    terrific shots! love them all!

    betty xx

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    July 26, 2011 at 15:35

  55. If we cannot care for the very least of God’s creatures, how can we learn to care for ourselves? I cannot fathom those who neglect or abuse animals and birds. Blessings to your friends. I am sure this little beauty will regain his spirit.

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    July 26, 2011 at 17:27

  56. JM

    I really like the cropping of the close-up shot on top.

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    July 26, 2011 at 21:00

  57. To see more deeply or beyond the obvious is a gift – this little horse is so lucky.

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    July 26, 2011 at 22:17

  58. Your friend is wonderful! A happy ending!:)

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    July 27, 2011 at 08:43

  59. He is quite beautiful and I’m so happy that he got another chance at a better life. 🙂

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    July 28, 2011 at 04:00

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