Goat decides to guide blind horse for 16 years (Video)

goat and horse

A really touching video about a woman who owns a goat and a horse, and the beautiful relationship that develops between the two animals.

From: AmericaBlog
By: John Aravosis

goat helps blind horse

Who would think that a goat would take up with a blind horse and spend years doing nothing but babysitting this animal, just because he needed help?

The horse, Charlie (yes, Charlie-Horse), is 40 years old and goes blind. She decides it’s time to put him down, but what happens? Their goat, Jack, somehow befriends the horse and starts leading it around.

Charlie the horse led by goat

This goes on for 16 years.

Finally, Charlie the horse dies. Shortly thereafter, the goat starts to slow down and it’s clear his time is almost over as well.

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  • Arlene

    The animals never stop amazing me,I am mesmerized by them !!!!!!!! They bring joy to all !!!!!!! Dont ever underestimate them !!!!! There are more surprises I am sure !!!!!!

    October 24, 2013
  • Robyn

    Incredible story…One of my favorites..

    Thank you for sharing..

    October 24, 2013
  • Penny Zielstorf

    So touching, the really meaning of care and loving, true sole mates to the end….

    October 24, 2013
  • Ashley Matthews

    I love animals. Thank you for sharing this and doing such good for horses.

    October 24, 2013
  • BlessUsAll

    Jerry, I’m grateful you posted this beautiful story. I believe it proves that God instills wisdom, empathy, spiritual perception, and selfless love in every one of His creatures.

    One of the human caretaker’s most important observations is that Jack the goat asked for nothing in return — neither provisions nor protection — for his kindness to Charlie the horse. His joy and peace came from helping a friend in need — period.

    Surely the animals we humans foolishly regard as “commodities” to be used as food and drink and clothing have so much more to offer humanity if we would but let them live in ways that allow them to freely express their generosity and all-round goodness!

    To breed any fellow being for the purpose of using and ultimately killing them for their body parts is such a waste of intelligence and compassion — theirs and ours. Such ugly, self-serving cultural traditions make us the ones who are blind.

    Bless Jack and Charlie and their understanding human friend. May this video reach all the corners of earth and touch millions of hearts.

    P.S. What a shame that the reporter tacked on at the end that meaningless message from the queen of hypocrisy, who pretends to understand and care for animals even while she makes money from devising methods to kill them “kindly.”

    October 24, 2013
  • Barbara Warner

    A beautiful story showing the intelligence and compassion that animals have but people don’t realize. How can humans kill aneat eat our fellow beings? Its beyond me but like that dear woman said some have more than others . Also some humans have no compassion and are just evil.

    October 24, 2013
  • sherriey

    i saw this too on TV (Animal Planet) last nite. this was one of several beautiful stories on there that proved that animals have all the same emotions as we humans do…maybe not quite shown as we do ours…but non the less have the capacity to understand and have feelings that us humans so denied them for so long. its about time science woke up and admitted what us animal lovers and caretakers have known for so long!

    October 24, 2013
  • LNorman

    Saw this last night on PBS. I was stunned that Charlie lived to be 40yrs old! Surely the goat, Jack, prolonged Charlie’s life with friendship, guidance, and protection. Animals truly are role models.

    October 24, 2013
  • Beautiful story and beautiful animals I love animals so much they deserve so much more then what we give them

    October 25, 2013
  • Beverly Lowry

    This is the most amazing story. It’s amazing that this horse lived so long. No doubt do to the friendship of the goat. (His friend to the end). RIP Charlie and Jack.

    October 28, 2013
  • CW

    Goats are often kept in racehorses’ stalls to calm the racehorses down. The expression “he got my goat” came from that — sometimes a ne’er-do-well would steal the favored horse’s goat so he’d get antsy and and would lose the race … Goats are amazing creatures (as are horses, and all animals!)

    October 30, 2013
  • nicole Beauchene

    What an inspiring video. Your horse for 40 looks incredible. I am glad that the two of them bonded and love each other. I am a vet tech and have seen a lot of these companions mostly goats but never one with a blind horse to watch over. Good luck and god bless.
    Nicole Beauchene

    October 30, 2013
  • Debby

    Such a beautiful relationship! Thank you for sharing it with us and letting us all get to share in this love. Jack had a purpose! Loving feels good!

    November 7, 2013