Milo's Eyes: How a Blind Equestrian and Her

Milo's Eyes: How a Blind Equestrian and Her "Seeing Eye Horse" Saved Each Other

by Lissa Bachner
Milo's Eyes: How a Blind Equestrian and Her

Milo's Eyes: How a Blind Equestrian and Her "Seeing Eye Horse" Saved Each Other

by Lissa Bachner

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Overview

The extraordinary bond between Lissa Bachner, a young blind woman and Milo, a neglected, frightened horse, helped them overcome staggering odds to become one of America's most inspiring, successful riding teams in the world of show jumping.

Lissa Bachner was born with a passion for horses and won her first blue ribbon at age five. Other awards would follow as a young rider, and for years Lissa trained with jumpers, tackling more difficult leaps, and working to perfect her ​ride.

​When blindness struck in her teens, it appeared her ​passion for riding would come to an end. How could she ​jump hurdles when she could barely​ navigate through her own home?

But success, trust, and love came to Lissa when her trainer convinced her to buy a “diamond in the rough” from Germany. On New Year's Eve, Milo arrived at the barn, frightened and neglected. Taking one look at his shaking, filthy body, Lissa promised Milo that he would only know kindness. In return, Milo took special care of her in the ring. Through countless eye surgeries and the many months of training and work, Lissa and Milo formed a magic bond that made them inseparable. And winners.

With effortless humor and penetrating compassion, Lissa weaves a story of unfaltering faith in Milo, and the unconditional love they shared.



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941887103
Publisher: Behler Publications, LLC
Publication date: 06/07/2022
Pages: 347
Sales rank: 234,875
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lissa Bachner was born with a passion for horses and won her first blue ribbon at age 5. However, blindness struck her in her teens, and it threatened to end her passion for riding. It wasn’t until Lissa met Milo, a filthy, emaciated, neglected, horse from Germany, that their instant bond cemented their domination in the jumping ring and their deep friendship outside the ring. As Lissa’s eyesight worsened, Milo instinctively knew he had to be her eyes and protect her. This inspirational story of Lissa and “Magic Milo” is one of going from victim to victor.

Read an Excerpt

I can't cross the street by myself. Nor do I know what I look like.

But give me a horse and eight fences and I am unstoppable. In fact, I am one of the world's top, legally blind equestrians. Despite a debilitating disease that left me blind in one eye and threatened to do the same to the other,  I continued to compete at the highest level.

Though I strove for perfection, my riding fell short of excellence, and I blamed my disability for my failure. And then, one fateful day, a mistreated, filthy little horse came into my life. Taking a leap of faith, I named him Milo, and promised him he'd only know kindness and love.

Over the next year, I nursed Milo back to health and our bond grew so strong, I'd swear we could read each other's minds. I knew our relationship was unique, and I could hardly wait to begin competing on him. However, the countless delays, painful surgeries, and the battle to keep what little vision I had took its toll. But Milo was always there to rest his head on my shoulder and breathe softly into my ear. 

After each failed surgery and every disappointing doctor's visit, Milo's strong shoulders were the ones I cried on. Even after going completely blind, I refused to let go of him. With the love and support of my mother, I made it back into the saddle. Milo rose to the challenge and with him as my "seeing eye horse," I finally became the rider I longed to be. 

My journey with Milo is more than a tale of hope and perseverance. It's a love story. And while love may not conquer all, Milo proved that I didn't need eyes to see.

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