a neigh of liberty
Two life stories in different times but with the same plot: both became blind in adolescence but found in the horse a driving force to face the darkness.
Rodrigo: “... fiquei mais calmo, mais tranqüilo e perdi o medo...”
he only blind federated endurance rider
Rodrigo: “ ...I became calmer, more tranquil, and I lost the fear...”
in the world, Luiz Alberto Melchert de
Carvalho e Silva was born with congenital glaucoma and knew that one day would lose his sight. He lost his sight at 14 years of age and at 36 was invited by a friend, Priscilla Botton, to be part of a project aiming at using
synonymous with mutilation, if not only of the
could not see anymore and his family sought
body, also of the soul. He gives me much
in horse riding a form of therapy to ease the
happiness, without doubt, but has a directly
trauma which affected everyone. An uncle took
utilitarian connotation which the horse does
him to the ZR Training Center and for a year
not have. I don’t need the horse for my work,
now he has dedicated himself to western, under
nor do I depend on it for my locomotion, to the
the guidance of Zezé Rodrigues. The youth
contrary of the guide dog. It is a different
today is 14 years old, in the seventh grade
necessity, more similar to the landscape which
and his dream is to be a civil engineer.
I do not see, with the moonlight which does
Ten years ago, Luiz Alberto wrote a book
not illuminate my retinas. It is a little
called “My Eyes Have Four Paws”, which
something which fills important spaces in my
deals with the training and the relationship
being”, declares Luiz Alberto.
between the blind person and his guide dog.
After the trauma experienced and discovery
In recent years, he has been writing another
of the horse, Rodrigo says that “after I began
book: “My Eyes Have Four Hooves”, not to
to mount and train, I became calmer, more
be an equestrian version of the first, but to
tranquil, and I lost the fear of loss of vision”.
He is like an arm or leg, whose lack is always
de Castro, a victim of macular degeneration,
me to all places where I go; he is part of me.
At nine years of age, Rodrigo Rossetti Vallim
life. “The dog sleeps in my room, travels with
his Labrador Ipsilon.
today the horse is part of his life along with
show how important the horse has been in his
with blindness. He had not stopped since and
the practice of volt as therapy for children
Casa Branca Press 5 3
Junho de 2006 / ano 2 - número 03