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    06-06-2011, 08:42 AM
Anyone own Appaloosas

So tomorrow morning I'll be looking at some horses along with my trainer. I told the owner what I was looking for and the owner suggested an Appaloosa mare they have. I know the horse but I've never ridden her. I don't know the mare's age but she does have moon blindess. Do you think that this will be a problem for pleasure and eventually gaming events?
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    06-08-2011, 11:52 AM
All factors

We have and love Appaloosas, that said approach everything with your eyes open. You are looking at a horse for several years from now and not just tomorrow. What you pay for the horse is the smallest part of the investment so if you are thinking about this horse as a 'savings' because it had moon blindness take a minute to really weigh all the information. A bad horse costs as much to keep as a good horse.
Now, for the moon blindness, there are actually operations to cure it, they will become more common and cheaper. The question is, how bad is it, usually those things are not black or white so make sure you get a vet (your vet) opinion on it. John Lyons horse Bright Zip was completely blind and fooled him for a while until he started to notice little things, if a horse trusts you and is very well trained it will put it's faith and life in your hands and follow whatever you ask, even if it can't see it. Horse vision is bizarre even at the best of time.
Just keep in mind, if you get emotionally involved with this horse and it's vision deteriorates you have a commitment for a number of years. Make your decision with your head not your heart. Minor moon blindness will probably not affect pleasure or even games, but if rather than moon blindness it is a problem the horses has developed from drinking bacterial laced water and is actually going blind the horse may become dangerous as it will spook at shadows and shapes.
As I mentioned we love Appaloosas but don't set yourself up for pain and heartache, it isn't your problem right now but if you convince yourself you can 'save' it you are responsible for it's care and expenses. The right horse is out there take your time, you will know it when it finds you
    06-10-2011, 11:42 AM
I've never heard of a foolproof "cure" for moonblindness (uveitis), and it generally is a progressive disease. Usually the best you can hope for is to slow its spread and retain as much vision as possible. I would not purchase this mare without a good vet check so you know exactly what you are getting into.
    06-17-2011, 09:28 AM
Well said Bubba, reason can be so boring sometimes, but it sure saves heartache. Here is the link to the work they are doing on moon blindness New Hope For Moon Blindness | The Chronicle of the Horse
By no means am I disagreeing with your evaluation. Anything can be 'fixed' if we throw enough time and money at it, the point is always why do we want to expose ourselves to that pain. If it finds us that is one thing but to go looking for it just takes up too much of our limited precious time

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