Animals: Elmer Gantry

Blind horses are a burden on their owners : like some blind people, they develop neuroses, become hesitant and suspicious, refuse to move about. They are usually "destroyed." Last week the Horse Show committee of Nebraska's famed Ak-Sar-Ben celebration brought to Omaha for a personal appearance a blind horse named Elmer Gantry, who was remarkable not simply because he was still alive but also because he had been taught to jump.

Fourteen years ago Eleanor Getzendaner, a young wrangler who was riding as a jockey at outlaw tracks and country fairs, saw Elmer...