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Old 02-07-2009, 05:19 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever had a horse that has lost sight in one eye and been able to continue riding them? If so, what kind of things have you had to do to help the horse adjust and cope...

From talking to various different people I have heard quite positive things. Although any additional information from people who have experienced similar would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:33 PM   #2
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A top notch 2 year old is racing at the moment and he is blind in one eye. His name is Two Eye Cee. Had a paddock accident as a yearling and missed the sales. Is being campaigned by his breeder I think.

Friends of mine have a completely blind mare. She went blind from an occular infection she got after birth....she has done very well and has even had a foal....obviously she is kept in a paddock she knows well and with companions she has no trouble with. Her filly foal was born healthy, and seemed to know mum had a problem...never went too far away and nickered alot.

No sensory impairment is ideal....but I think animals do OK in environments where they get some consessions and a bit of extra help.

I'd buy that blind mare in a heart beat!!......by Roc Olena!

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Old 02-07-2009, 06:43 PM   #3
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There was a dear little pony with only one eye competing at the Second Chance fun day. The rider and pony were terrific
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Thank you for the reply guys, sounds promising. It isn't essential that this horse is ridden but it would be better if he could be kept going.

Please keep the stories coming... good or not so good
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i know a little pony with 25% vision in one eye he jumps, he hacks he does the hunters with no dramas at all.

know a blind in one eye standy who does all the same as the pony just have to not pop up and scare him on his blind side
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:24 PM   #6
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Friends had a pony with a sore eye that never cleared up, the eye eventually was removed. it was her daughters pony and was ridden and jumped and used at gymkhanas and was as good as gold, said pony used to shy a lot but once the eye was removed he got over his shying so it seems he had only partial sight in that eye for years. Just like that other thread she used to make sure he knew she was there when handled on that side so he was a useful pony for years.
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I leased a TB with one eye many years ago, he coped just fine just had to make sure you came up to him on his good eye so he didn't get a fright. He even managed to gallop off back to the stables one day with hubby aboard, not bad for a blind horse and was the funniest thing as hubby is non horsey and has an amazing seat

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My beautiful horse was almost totally blind and you would never have known it.

He used to use the fenceline to work out where he wa sin teh paddock. He still jumped as he could feel my legs contracting to hold his tummy when we got close. He cleared everything by a mile.

Only reason I worled out he was blind was he was in a stable and the sunlight was reflecting off the cataracts in his eyes.

I did put him to sleep not long after because he was in agistment and the worry of him running into a fence in a new paddock, concners about dogs chasing him etc.

I know I did the right thing for him. Some blind horses have companions who keep them away from fencelines.

You jsut have to know the risks you run and weight them up. I could not cope with the thought of him hitting a fence adn it was a real risk. I found out the night beofre he was PTS that boys were chasing the pony next door. I assume they also chased him. It makes sense of the behaviours he was showing.
You also need to be aware of the legal ramifications of having a horse you know is partially sighted. If he were to injure someone then you might be up for an expensive legal bill.
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A friend of a friend had a horse lost one eye late last year and that horse is doing endurance now. They cope a lot better than us mere humans do. They are so gutsy and strong.
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Dakota going blind is a very real possibility now so I'm going to watch this thread. I've ridden an old brumby who was blind in one eye. He was great. I rode over terrain I've never ridden another horse through and he was so careful, I felt very safe.

I also used to round up 50 horses through the bush on a partially blind appy, affectionately known as Appy =). He was fantastic. I always said if I had to take on a dinosaur on any horse, I'd want to be on Appy.
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