When Morgan chose Endo, she wasn’t aware of the challenges they would face together. Still, they managed to overcome whatever life threw at them, and become a true example of the bond between rider and horse. Watch Endo the Blind perform!
Watch Endo The Blind Perform
Disability, no matter the species, requires a strong support and adaptation. Endo is no different. He has, however, found plenty of it in his owner, Morgan Wagner.
Endo was Morgan’s first horse. In one of the rare instances where a green horse meets a green rider and they hit it off, the two quickly bonded. Endo wasn’t the prettiest colt, which earned it his name: the prefix endo means ‘inside, within’. Morgan found beauty inside her colt. More than that, she found a remarkable animal.
It is trust that makes this relationship work. Watching them perform, it’s easy to see how much Endo trusts his rider. Even with the music, the crowd and a place he doesn’t know, he still manages to maneuver without issues, relying on Morgan’s verbal cues and commands. At first, she reports in Endo’s official website, the Appaloosa had difficulty with balance. It makes sense: with no sight, the horse lost the sense of up and down and where to put his hooves. It didn’t last long, however, and soon he was back to training, navigating the space around him by smell, touch, and sound. Loud constant noises such as tractors, and strong smells, still affect him.
We know horses are not stupid. That Endo adapted so well, however, shows how adaptable and intelligent they can be. According to Morgan, he was always an easily spooked horse. Endo was born will full sight and both eyes.
At age 8, his eye problems started. He squinted and seemed in pain. Turns out, Endo had equine recurrent uveitis, cataracts, and glaucoma. His eyes became a source of pain and inflammation that no treatment could cure. At some point, it became so bad one of Endo’s eyes ruptured. Uveitis is common in Appaloosas, though no other horse in his lineage had it.
Rather than keep her horse in pain, Morgan chose to remove his eye. Six months later, he’d lost both his eyes. Before that, Morgan helped him adjust with blindfolds, slowly helping the horse learn his surroundings without his sight. Today, she still guides him to show every new place. He earned himself a new name: Endo the Blind. Morgan often thought about adding another word to his name, but never found one. Now, “the blind” has become part of who he is.
Endo has since traveled to different states and even to Canada. While traveling, Endo’s constant companion, the miniature mare Cinnamon, stays home. This helps him keep his focus. At home, Endo and Cinnamon share a stall. Endo performs in working equitation and is a crowd pleaser.
With good reason. Who wouldn’t admire such a remarkable animal?