Carol Booth plays harp to soothe blind horse at Wauchope Showground

CALM REFUGE: Gail Sheehan and Carol Booth, playing the harp, to soothe Oscar who is almost blind. Photo: Letitia Fitzpatrick.
CALM REFUGE: Gail Sheehan and Carol Booth, playing the harp, to soothe Oscar who is almost blind. Photo: Letitia Fitzpatrick.

When fire threatened their home at Lorne, Carol Booth and Gail Sheehan gathered their four horses and took shelter at Wauchope Showground.

But one horse, Oscar, is blind, and was spooked by the new surroundings, especially as there were hundreds of other animals there with their owners, fleeing the terrifying bushfires.

Carol is a retired doctor, who happens to play the harp, so she took out her instrument and the music immediately calmed Oscar down.

Oscar, Carol and Gail at Wauchope Showground

"He's not used to being in a stable like this, with big things happening, and he can't see very well, and starts pawing the ground, but when Carol plays to him, he just calms right down," said Gail, who is full of gratitude to the Wauchope Show Society for looking after everyone so well at the showground.

"It's been such a great thing. We've got a lot of State forest around us and just the thought of anything happening to the horses... If the house goes, the house goes, it would be sad, but you can replace a house, but not these horses," she said.

The other horses seemed to enjoy the music too.

Meanwhile, when the going gets tough members from the CWA and Show Societies come together and help the community.

CWA and Show Society member Elizabeth Watson said lots of members could not get through for a planned training event and show so the food they had was packed up and delivered as meals to fire fighters.