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    04-23-2013, 03:32 PM
Please be kind and put them down. I kept two horses for 23 of their 27 years. You say, now, that you want to pay and care for them. In 5 or 10 years, you might not be able to dos so. Do it NOW.
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    04-23-2013, 03:34 PM
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OOOOOOOOOOOh! Why did you have to post photos?
    04-23-2013, 03:41 PM
I would euthanize the foal. It's the best thing in the long run, especially when you don't have a lot of time/money/space/appropriate facilities/etc to deal with such a case.
    04-23-2013, 03:49 PM
Mmmm, sure is a cute little thing. You know I really can't make up my mind on this one, if she checks out OK, should blindness be a death sentence? I'm not it it should, she wont be stressed about it, this is her normality, she will grow up coping with her reality. Maybe it will work out fine, maybe it wont, but I'm thinking that I would give her a chance, see what happens.

Very bad quality video of blind horse in Cowboy challange

Better video of blind 2nd level dressage horse.

Think in terms of what she CAN do, not what she can't.
    04-23-2013, 03:51 PM
Right, and that is what we are thinking. If she does have sight in at least one eye and has no other major problems we will not euthanize her. If she has other problems on top of this, we will put her down.

Mom was totallly emaciated at conception so we are worried there are other things that didn't fully develop. What's got me though with this baby is she that she is incredibly sweet. INCREDIBLY. Not too mention smart. I fell in love with her in just the 5 mins I was with her.
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    04-23-2013, 03:52 PM
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There is a ranch in Montana? That rescues all blind horses. They have a happy healty colt that was born without vision.

Put gravel around fences so she learns where they are at.
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    04-23-2013, 04:00 PM
Awww man, the harsh reality of nature :(

I hope everything works out for the best.
    04-23-2013, 04:20 PM
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So sad.
I have a horse that's now pretty much blind in one eye but at least she can compensate with having the good one but she still bangs her head sometimes
You'd need to make sure there aren't any protrusions she can knock herself on especially when she starts running around, maybe hang bells off things as guidelines to water troughs etc
Honestly I think I would have her put down - people are always going on about what's natural and giving a horse a natural life but this poor little thing wouldn't survive long in the wild.
    04-23-2013, 04:21 PM
The eye open like it is on the left side, I feel is a deathtrap for her. The chances of infection are high with her.

I'd have the vet assess her, see what can be done to remove/close the eye as normal as possible.

For me...Id probably have her put to sleep. I wouldn have the facilities or "nice" horses to be able to pasture her, unfortunately.
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    04-23-2013, 04:27 PM
It's odd that she twists her head so to see.. I would think that there's something else coming into play there. It's not normal for them to cock their heads so even if they're blind.
I'd get my best vet on the case and get an opinion from them. My gut says that there's something bigger that's wrong with her.
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