Lawton_A miniature horse from Lawton is now nationally known. The 4-month-old competitive show horse only has one eye, but now he has a new view on life thanks to a prosthetic eye. The story is so interesting that Saturday Night Live even mentioned "K-Buck" in between jokes about Senators Obama and McCain on a special episode on Thursday night.
The Chumbley family thinks K-Buck's mother may have had something to do with his injury. "We think he got kicked in the eye by his mother, and it severely damaged the cornea," said Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Hammond. Seeing a pet injured is sad for any pet owner, but K-Buck is no average furry companion. He's a competitive miniature horse. K-Buck stands about 2-1/2 feet tall, weighs 65 pounds, and already is nearly grown. "It was sad because he is a very nice horse with one of the top blood lines, and we had big plans to show him so it was heartbreaking," said Kelsey Chumbley.
The family owns more than a dozen miniature horses, and K-Buck was bred to be a champion. After two surgeries at the Hammond Veterinary Hospital in Marlow following his injury, doctors couldn't save the eye. "We were really crushed with the situation, but when we found out that there was another option, and that he could continue his show career, then we were very pleased with that," said Michael Chumbley.
The solution for their competition dilemma - a prosthetic eye. Dr. Hammond worked with a prosthetic eye specialist in Oklahoma City to fit K-Buck with an acrylic eye. But, the Chumbleys still thought K-Buck would only be a yard pet. "Just love on him for the rest of his life," said Chumbley. "But, when we found out that he could get a prosthetic, the hopes of showing him came back."
Five of the Chumbleys' horses qualified for the world championships last year. They soon discovered that it is not against competition rules for a horse to compete with a prosthetic eye. Although K-Buck cannot see anything on his left side, Dr. Hammond says he'll move around just fine. "They acclimate, and especially with him being young, he'll acclimate really well to that," he said. "He's still just a ball of fire like he was when I first got introduced to him."
Kelsey says she never though she would see a picture of herself and K-Buck on Saturday Night Live. "It's been amazing. I never thought it would ever go this far," she said. The Chumbleys expect that K-Buck will make his way from Chumbley's Lil' Chums Miniature Horse Farm to his first competition in Wichita Falls next year.
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