Blind Horse Trainer
POSTED: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 10:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 8:39pm
Kansas man attempts to train a blind horse.
Jay Miller isn't your ordinary truck driver. Sure he hits the open road 40 hours a week, but it's what he does in his spare time that keeps him young at heart.
The Tonganoxie resident shares a special bond with all breeds but especially wild mustangs. He is currently training six-year-old Levi.
Jay says "I enjoy working with the wild horses because each of them has their own personality they're super smart."
Levi was given to Miller by the Bureau of Land Management with the hopes that he could teach and tame the wild four legged sensation with a bit of a deadline. He has 100 days to get Levi ready for the extreme Mustang makeover competition which will be held next week in Lincoln, Nebraska. But hold your horses. That's only half the story. Levi is blind.
Jay says "he's come a long ways for the short time I've had him. For being blind he lets me ride him out in open field. He has to trust my hands, legs and go where Ii tell him to go.”
Miller will have to guide Levi through several obstacles both on walking and riding. In all roughly 60 horses will compete. Levi is sure to be a crowd pleaser and Miller hopes he places in the top ten. But that's not why he signed up for the event.
Jay says "I signed up for the competition to save a wild horse.”
After the three-day event concludes Levi will go up for public auction. A day that will be a win-win for both horse and trainer.
Jay says "riding any wild horse is totally awesome, but riding a blind wild horse is phenominal, it's unbelievable.”
Levi suffers from cataracts and is very sensitive to light. Miller is hoping to raise nearly $6,000 for surgery that will correct his eyesight.