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When visitors arrive at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, one of the first horses they see is a beautiful bay Clydesdale mare named Claire.
A resident since 2009, Claire is one of the "lucky dozen" PMU mares, used for biomedical research, who were spared slaughter when their plant was shut down. Like other horses rescued by the world-renowned animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas, Claire was given a forever home and a new lease on life.
The easygoing mare was found to suffer from declining eyesight when she arrived at the ranch. Although Claire is now completely blind, she navigates her pasture with ease, comes when called, and never misses a meal, according to the staff.
This summer, her caretakers noticed that Claire was having some respiratory issues. The mare was diagnosed with anhydrosis (the inability to sweat to control body temperature). To keep her cool during the hot Texas summer, a special stall was built for Claire to help regulate her temperature.
After being led in and out a few times, the blind mare quickly adjusted to her new surroundings. Now, she goes and stands next to her stall when she's ready for a little cooling off. In the evenings, she enjoys pasture time with her buddies.
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