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    08-06-2010, 09:05 AM
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Hello i'm clare,
I have just found out that my 8yo tb is probably going blind in one eye due to glucoma. He is still at the vet's but the prognosis does not look good. I was wondering if anyone that has experience with handeling and riding one eyed horses as it would be helpful. He is a AMAZING horse and it breaks my heart about his condition, he is perfectly healthy except for his eye. He is one in a million and we will always love him, he is utterly amazing and gives 110% at everything. In particular he is trained in dressage, currently competing novice and training laterals (shoulder in ect.) Also if anyone has any experience with jumping restrictions of a one eyed horse as he was competing 80cm, this would be helpful. I know that in time we will adjust and that he will have to trust us completly but i'm just axious about the process and effect this will have on his ability. So if you can help in training tips and everything that would mean alot!!. Thankyou
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    08-06-2010, 09:28 AM
Welcome to the forum!

I have dealt with several one eyed horses in my life. Most horses adjust completely after loosing site in one eye and go on to do whatever they did before. The two that jumped before the eye issue continued to jump after the bad eye was removed.

One pony was very skittish on his blind side, which makes total sense.
    08-06-2010, 11:40 AM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Welcome to the forum!

I have dealt with several one eyed horses in my life. Most horses adjust completely after loosing site in one eye and go on to do whatever they did before. The two that jumped before the eye issue continued to jump after the bad eye was removed.

One pony was very skittish on his blind side, which makes total sense.
I can second that. Many years ago, we actually bought a horse (Jonny) with one eye. We bought him because he had been one of the best horses in the hunting field. The owner wanted a larger horse. We never hunted but Jonny did everything we asked him to do and we kept him for several years till his retirement. He then spent another 4 years in a paddock down the road before he died, I think he was 24.
    08-06-2010, 11:43 AM
Odd timing! The horse I rode last week and today is blind in one of his eyes. It doesn't seem to affect him THAT much...I mean he's been blind in that eye for over a year now, but he's still the same horse he was before. I know that last Friday, we jumped a 2'6" course [not sure the cm?] without any problems. The only things I've noticed are that he has some issues leading because he often panics slightly if you're trying to turn him left [left eye is blind] and he's hard to get straight when riding because he's trying to see everything with the one eye. He also needs a little more guidance when riding because he doesn't know where the wall is.

Wow, I digress a little. I dunno if that helped at all...but good luck with your gelding! I'm sure he'll adjust just fine to one eye.
    08-08-2010, 11:36 PM
"Hook" was the one-eyed horse at camp when I was younger. Completely bomb-proof, and a safe trail mount. You had to be pretty precise when steering him though, especially with rough terrain since he couldn't see from the one side.
    08-08-2010, 11:48 PM
I had a horse who lost an eye when he was 7 years old in a barn accident. Prior, he had sight in both eyes. It did not affect him at all. I wasn't convinced until I started riding him again. When they're older and lose vision, they're already accustomed to what goes on around them- especially when being saddled, ridden, etc. There was no change in my horse from full sight to only one eye. Best of luck, and keep your chin up. You'll be surprised how quickly horses adapt to changes like that.
    08-08-2010, 11:48 PM
AWW!!! That is so sad!! I have ridin a horse that has had one eye he could see out of and one that was blind and thy function right! But it is terrifing for you! Because You never no what could appen to your baby boy or girl! I always worry about a horse with good seeing because you never Know what is going to happen. But you should always love the horse that you have even if they have a disabilty! I treat my horse like a humane , because they are no diffrent so just stay calm about it and treat him with respect!
    08-08-2010, 11:55 PM
My daughter rides and competes on a one eyed barrel/pole horse. Amazing that she runs without issues and her missing eye side are her best turns.
She has been without an eye for about 10 years and she is about 18 now so she was 8 when she lost the eye and never looked back.
We always make noise when approaching on her blind side, but she doesn't startle or anything.
The vet who removed her eye did a nice job, she still has her lashes and just looks like her lids are closed together.
    08-10-2010, 03:38 PM
I've ridden a one eyed horse and he would jump the moon, all I had to do was turn his head slightly so his good eye could see it and that was it. You just have to always be conscious that he has one eye.
    08-10-2010, 04:22 PM
I used to ride a lovely little arab mare who was blind in one eye. To watch her work, you'd never know.. she wasn't spooky at all and she tried hard at everything she did. You just had to make sure to watch her blind side and keep her way from the wall, etc.

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