Well if she can't see now it won't be long until she stabs herself with what ever eye she has with the dangerous boards. I just don't understand why people do not try and make their places as safe as possible. That is dangerous for a horse with vision let alone one that has limited vision.
If a vet determines that there is nothing wrong with her (other than her sight) and you keep her for the next year, 2 years 10 years, etc. and things change and you can't keep her and also aren't able to find a suitable home, is it really worse to put her down after 1,2 or 10 years of happy, healthy life, than it is to put her down now? It may be harder on YOU, but I am certain it wouldn't be harder on her, since she would know nothing different, and with proper care, would live happily for the time she had with caring people.
I just saw this thread! Oh my gosh, poor horse! I'm with Wallaby on this one, let her live her life so long as there isn't anything else wrong. I know a couple of blind horses that are simply amazing. One mare is blind in one eye but she adapted and is still as sweet and sane as can be. The other went blind due to moon blindness (not sure of scientific name... that's what we call it here) and was in training. It took some tweaking of training methods but the horse walks, trots, canters and does trails like a pro and never spooks. Blind doesn't mean death sentence, and I'm sure there are many people out there like me who look for a good horse (eye sight or no). I'd give her a life until you can't keep her anymore, what's the worst that happens? You can't keep her and put her to sleep after she knows that she was loved and spoiled rotten? I know one farmer that does all of his farm work on horseback on a blind horse. The horse still ropes cattle, cuts them and ground ties like a pro. It took a lot of hard work to get that horse like it is but because of it the farmer added a few new tricks to his training repertoire and the horse got a free meal ticket! I wish you luck.
Its an interesting story, blind horses do have a chance!
I am not sure I could handle a horse who went completely blind through his life, even though I didnt handle a mare that was almost blind, but I have a one eyed horse at home, and he is a pleasure to work with.
I think I would have it pts, a friend of mine has a completely blind goat, it is terrible to watch it walk into things, get stuck, trip over stuff it can't see etc the worst is when it gets lost and freaks out.
I think its in the animals best interest if I'm honest.
Edit: oops, only realising this is an old thread! How is the filly? Posted via Mobile Device
Unfortunately it did not end as well for our filly. One day while I was going to get her, I saw that she had laid down under the fence and would need assistance to get out. I grabbed my friend and opened the gate up. Well, when she stood up she stumbled and lost her footing which turned into a violent siezures which left her paralyzed in a screwed up position for about 15 seconds. It was absolutely horrifying.
She would have 5 more of these seizures over the course of 3 days. We decided that she was already a liability being blind, young, and simply a horse so we made the tough decision to put her down. I have seen horses have seizures but never this bad. Unfortunately, I don't think her brain developed properly and I don't think she fired on all cylinders so to speak.
These seizures got increasingly worse as the days went on...