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post #41 of 72 Old 04-23-2013, 11:59 PM
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Excellent made point, but the problem that I am having is not just her lack of sight. I am also worried that since she didn't fully develop eyes and mom was emaciated throughout the pregnancy, what else didn't develop correctly? How do we know there aren't mental defects? What if her insides aren't developed and she is constantly sick?

We have to think about her well being as well as our financial situation.
This is a very real possibility. A few years ago I bought a pregnant mare in early spring (Sight unseen) when she arrived at my house she was emaciated. She was due in less than 3 months. I obviously started to feed her up as much as I could while still being safe. By the time she foaled in late June she was a touch underweight but nothing serious. She had a healthy, very healthy, big colt. He grew quickly, was super smart, had tons of energy and easily kept up with the other foals. I sold him in his yearling year, he was was big and strong and full of life. The spring before he turned two he got sick and went down FAST. Vet did an autopsy and discoverd that his lungs and heart were very small. The vet didn't know the history on the mare and said to the owners of the foal at that time, "I am sure the mare must have been underweight or malnourished when she was in foal with him, this is a common problem I see.."
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Someone else mentioned it already - there is a ranch somewhere that takes on blind horses. And who says you have to train her? As long as she's trained to have manners, be halter broke etc, she might have a wonderful like as a pasture puff or companion horse.

That's assuming she has no other issues.

Here you go: I'm sure they'd offer some advice, or even take her if you couldn't cope. Rolling Dog Farm Rescues and Shelters Disabled Animals | Lancaster, New Hampshire
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This is a very real possibility. A few years ago I bought a pregnant mare in early spring (Sight unseen) when she arrived at my house she was emaciated. She was due in less than 3 months. I obviously started to feed her up as much as I could while still being safe. By the time she foaled in late June she was a touch underweight but nothing serious. She had a healthy, very healthy, big colt. He grew quickly, was super smart, had tons of energy and easily kept up with the other foals. I sold him in his yearling year, he was was big and strong and full of life. The spring before he turned two he got sick and went down FAST. Vet did an autopsy and discoverd that his lungs and heart were very small. The vet didn't know the history on the mare and said to the owners of the foal at that time, "I am sure the mare must have been underweight or malnourished when she was in foal with him, this is a common problem I see.."
Oh no! Who was that?


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Oh no! Who was that?
Bullseye. I am sure you can vouch for me that he seemed like a very healthy, normal foal.
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I vote see what the vet says, then decide. Nature is amazing and especially adaptable to disability. If she is otherwise healthy and you have time to invest she will only require more handling and supervision than a regular foal-maybe- or she may adapt to her lack of sight like a fish to water.
Every life deserves a chance and blindness shouldnt be an automatic death sentence.
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I would put her down too =/
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I would put the foal down.

Not only is there the possibility of some other, more serious, health issues going on, but making sure she has proper care and training is going to be very tough and, likely, expensive. It will require you to completely renovate your property, getting rid of all wire and anything sharp that might possibly snag her at any point, putting a wide swatch of gravel or some other alternative footing around every single fence line, making sure she has an appropriate pasture companion (not all horses make good seeing-eye horses), etc.

Training her to be ridden creates a whole new set of problems. What if she doesn't have that innate "born broke" temperament? What if she goes through a phase of bucking or trying to bolt? Unlike a sighted horse, she can't avoid obstacles and is, therefore, a tremendous risk not only to herself, but to her rider. It's one thing to own and continue to use an older horse who's sight is failing. They already know all the cues, they know to trust the human and obey. A young horse doesn't know any of that.

Another thing to think of, even though Corporal may have made the point a little more gruffly than necessary, she's right. What are the odds of finding this filly a home in the event that you are no longer able to keep her? Even if you did somehow get her broke, who in the world would want to buy her? I wouldn't. I wouldn't even take her for free because of all the inherent costs and risks associated with owning a blind horse. I'm not trying to sound callous, but I feel it's better not to sugarcoat my opinion on the matter either.

If she were at my house, I would spoil her completely rotten for a few days and then have her put down. Then, I would find another, useful, horse in need of a good home and give them one.

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Bullseye. I am sure you can vouch for me that he seemed like a very healthy, normal foal.

That's who I figured based solely on your timeline description.... But I'm shocked. Stunned, actually. He was a very healthy, big foal. I'm really sorry to hear of that, Tiff..


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I'm sure lucky Zierra turned out. We got her dam at 10/11 months pregnant and she was so emaciated we didn't even believe she WAS pregnant. She was only 14hh and 6 years old. A month later, she gave birth to a strong as an ox filly, unassisted. We were shocked. That filly nursed for over a year (no ability to separate them at the time) and I swear that's what made her grow as she topped out at almost 14.3hh and 14 years later, she's still healthy as an ox!

I think I vote for putting her down. It seems to innocent, so silly, being blind, but everyone is right about the massive changes needed to property and the financial strain of caring for her. Healthy trained horses are difficult enough to sell right now, nevermind blind fillies who may neve be rideable.

Ultimately it's your decision but I don't think anyone could fault you for deciding to put her down.
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I would only put her down if she had something wrong internally or absolutely no other options for her. My friend owns a gelding who was born with absolutely no eye on one side and was blind in the one he had. He is an amazing riding horse and super healthy and going strong now at 22 years old. I would get an exam to ensure her health and then if healthy and if my heart wasn't prepared to take her on I would make every attempt possible to see if someone else was, like that rescue. If she's happy and healthy otherwise why should she not be given every chance possible? Every life is a blessing, she is obviously fighting strong and blind or not she is a very lovely filly. I bet she surprises you in the end.
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