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post #21 of 72 Old 04-23-2013, 03:34 PM
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Check with vet, if blindness is her only problem- and you or people you are working with are experienced horse people, go for it- if you are up to the challenge. Golden, ya beat me to it (the videos). Especially with a baby, they don't know any different, so it's not as scary to them.

My sister in law had a foal born mostly blind (completely on one side, other side may as well be). Close to 10 years old now, and is doing fine. She is rideable, sane, healthy and does just fine.
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post #22 of 72 Old 04-23-2013, 03:35 PM
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I say get an exam done. If She is fine and healthy there is no sane reason to destroy a healthy life. The BEST trail/everything horse I ever had was completely blind. :)
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post #23 of 72 Old 04-23-2013, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post
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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See, the reason i think she does the head twist is to see. I think there is an eyeball in there but just not fully developed. It makes me nervous for her overall health =[
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post #24 of 72 Old 04-23-2013, 03:56 PM
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Try to sell this horse in the future.
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post #25 of 72 Old 04-23-2013, 04:03 PM
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I know a totally blind horse, no eyes at all. and he twists his head A LOT. so she could be doing it and completely blind. my gut also says there is probably more wrong with her than the blindness.

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post #26 of 72 Old 04-23-2013, 04:08 PM
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Cocking the head sounds more like a hearing issue then eyes. I think before you become too attached, you had better think about a possible 30 year plan. Are you up to that committment? It is huge and a lot will need to be done to make life comfortable and fair for this young lady. Hope it all works out. For me putting her to sleep while she is young would be easier then waiting and bonding more and more. Either way, it is going to suck and I wouldn't want to have to make that decision. I have had to do it in the past. My heart goes out to you.
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post #27 of 72 Old 04-23-2013, 04:10 PM
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Mean as it may sound, I would have had it put down as soon as it hit the ground. Get a vet check but whatever you choose it's going to be bloody difficult. I don't want to even think of the difficulties you're going to have training her :( best of luck

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post #28 of 72 Old 04-23-2013, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Wallaby View Post
I would keep her alive for sure, unless she becomes dangerous to herself or others.

My, much older, mare is nearly blind and she functions super well. She needs a little extra "help" at times, bells on pasturemates, etc, but she's ridden often and has no major life issues related to her sight loss. In a new large pasture, I have to section it off so she doesn't get too worked up about having a large new space but otherwise she does just fine in a 6 acre pasture.

I might put a small bell on mom - braid it into moms' mane or something, but just take it day by day.

I also wear my keys on a carabiner attached to a belt loop on my jeans, around my mare, (wearing a bell would work too) so she can keep track of me. I used to not do that and, while she did fine, there always seemed to be an element of stress about where I was for her. Now that I jingle, she's A LOT more relaxed around me.

Good luck!
I really love that my mare is nearly blind. I would obviously love it if she were fully seeing but blindness is not nearly the death sentence most think of it as. She does take a bit more care than the average horse but that's ok for me since I like feeling needed and she definitely needs me! haha

ETA- I totally second SR and getting a full exam to make sure nothing else is wrong. For sure.
Wonderful post! I had friends with a blind filly and they did about the same. A little extra time and effort. The filly learned to nuzzle up to another horse and that horse became her "eyes". The owners rode her and she lived to be around 25 years old and having a full and happy life.
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post #29 of 72 Old 04-23-2013, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Corporal View Post
Try to sell this horse in the future.
Really what does that have to do with it? If the OP decides to keep her, there is nothing to say that she will want to try and sell her, could make the decision to euth her at any time.

People do sell blind horses though, not sure that I would pay for one, but it does happen. IF and IF this little girl checks out healthy apart from her lack of sight, there is no reason not to try and see how she gets on.

At the same time I wouldn't blame anyone for deciding not to try and putting her down. All I'm saying that it doesn't have to be euth now or take on a 30 year commitment, you could decide to keep her or put her down on any one day of her life.
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post #30 of 72 Old 04-23-2013, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post
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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Just of interest here......when I worked at the track we had a beautiful filly called Mini, she was 'my' horse Anyway, I've posted about this before. But she would pitch a fit if you reached above her eye and would go through the gap and onto the track crooked, tilting and cocking her head from side to side, at the time we just thought she was a dink entering the track and that perhaps she'd been knocked about at the previous trainers.

About two months went by and I'd been her strapper the whole time and I had noticed some bluing in her eyes....but at about that time she went to a different trainer and I never heard any more about her until approximately two years later and it turned out she was developing cataracts and went completely blind. Hence the head tilting/cocking and head shyness. So the head cocking and tilting does happen.
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