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post #11 of 22 Old 06-09-2008, 11:14 AM
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Now that this has been brought up... My 3rd grade teacher raised appy's and she had at least 1 blind one that I remember...She brought it to school. Yeah... I went to school when teacher's weren't afraid of being sued and you could still bring your dog for show and tell.

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post #12 of 22 Old 06-09-2008, 11:50 AM
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Gem has a cataract in i believe his right eye. But it doesn't really seem to affect him all that much. He just likes to sniff things before you do stuff to him (grooming, blanketing).

How do you know if your app is more foundation?
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post #13 of 22 Old 06-09-2008, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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the lady that owns the farms is the one that has the stud i havent been up there in years so im not sure how many horses she has now that are blind i just hear about the main horses from my friend that has the gelding..even tho buck is a poa is there still a chance?

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post #14 of 22 Old 06-09-2008, 04:28 PM
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My friend, Allison, had a Appaloosa gelding named Cody when we were younger. 15.2 hh and the first and last horse to throw me into a tree and injure me badly.... he was put down at the age of 12 when he developed cataracts in both eyes and went blind. As far as if it is genetic? I don't know but it seems to be something that does tend to run in the breed (like Dalmatian dogs being prone to deafness).
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post #15 of 22 Old 06-09-2008, 05:48 PM
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I have heard as well that Appys are known to sometimes get moonblindness. It is not in all cases tho and just like every other breed of horse they all have specific health problems they are more prone to than others.
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Yeah I just hopee something can be done with my friends gelding

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post #17 of 22 Old 06-10-2008, 02:46 AM
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I've known a few blind apps myself. Is it genetic?
It is genetic; I don't own appys so I don't know which blood lines it runs the strongest in but I have noticed that leopard appys tend to get it the most and the earliest.

It is like any animal that is severly inbred; friesans are known for having bad respitory systems, and arabs have club feet and are more prone to neorological problems.

As for the person who wanted to know about foundation lines, you have to learn your bloodlines like any other breed. Do a lot of research to figure out who the main sires and mares are that contribute to the foundation horses.
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I've known a few blind apps myself. Is it genetic?
It is genetic; I don't own appys so I don't know which blood lines it runs the strongest in but I have noticed that leopard appys tend to get it the most and the earliest.

It is like any animal that is severly inbred; friesans are known for having bad respitory systems, and arabs have club feet and are more prone to neorological problems.

As for the person who wanted to know about foundation lines, you have to learn your bloodlines like any other breed. Do a lot of research to figure out who the main sires and mares are that contribute to the foundation horses.
That's interesting about the leopard apps tend to get it the most and the earliest. Gem is 9 and already has a cataract.. not sure if it will lead to moonblindness.

I asked about the foundation. I'll look them up today and see if i can find out if my guys are at all.

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post #19 of 22 Old 06-10-2008, 01:08 PM
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Well I guess I should correct myself and say it is my observation that Leopard appys get it more, I have a friend who breeds appys and every one of her older leopard appys has developed moonblindness. I would suspect it might have something to do with their color, or I guess it could be coincidence. Usually you can tell if your appy is foundation by its head and hair. The bigger the head, thinner the tail, and less quarter horse the body looks, the more foundation your appy is. I would post pictures, but I don't have any good full body shots. Good luck on your search!
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post #20 of 22 Old 06-10-2008, 03:31 PM
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That's interesting! My friends Appy was a snowflake and like I said, he had to be put down for it at a very early age.
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