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post #1 of 9 Old 12-31-2012, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Possible rescue

If i've got a stall open, i may end up with her this weekend.

tell me what to look for. not that confo will much matter, shes going to be an easy going pleasure horse because of the moonblindness. this is just to see what i've got.
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-01-2013, 10:59 AM
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Definitely still growing with that high rump, and needs a lot more weight put on. She'd be a fine trail horse, but its a little unfair to judge her completely with how she looks right now. You never know, she might turn into a beautiful little girl with some love and care. I have a mare with one blind eye, she's still a great ride.

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post #3 of 9 Old 01-01-2013, 11:55 AM
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My only observations are that she is butt high, but still growing. The way they describe her, she sounds less moonblind and more flat out blind. Blind horses can be great and trustworthy mounts for limited riding. They are not a horse I would go trail riding on, or jumping (we have had someone ask). They can be great horses to mess around in an arena with. That said, moonblindness can lead to eye enucleation (eye removal) which is expensive and can be shocking for owners or perspective owners. I would not get this horse assuming I could rehome it, it might be a lifer. If this is a horse you want for life then go for it.
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post #4 of 9 Old 01-01-2013, 01:07 PM
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I would not get this filly unless you are going to be satisfied with a potentially very expensive pasture ornament. I have known a couple of blind horses that were still ridden, in both cases the horses were well broke to begin with and lost their sight later in life. I have an 18 yo gelding that is blind in one eye due to ERU & he is still very rideable, BUT there is a HUGE difference in partial sight and NO sight. This filly sounds as though she is completely blind, no matter what the current owner says. She needs a paddock/pasture with a minimum of obstacles and safe fence shared with possibly one other horse that is tolerant of her lack of sight, ongoing maintenance, and quite possibly surgery to remove one or both eyes....is this something you can offer for possibly the next 25+ years?
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post #5 of 9 Old 01-01-2013, 03:44 PM
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I would get a vet to check her eyes and see just how far the issue has progressed before considering bringing her home.

I knew a little blind mare that was a great child's mount - but like another poster pointed out - her blindness did not hit till later in life and she was already trained.

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post #6 of 9 Old 01-02-2013, 12:29 AM
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Keeps us updated please, poor sweet filly
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-02-2013, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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my plan is to take my time with her. i believe she can be broke, and maybe even if she is only good for arena work, that all i need. i'm prepared to have her for life, and give her everything she needs. i was thinking, if it comes out that shes going to get progressively worse, and it would hurt her more to have her eyes in the long run, would taking them out before it gets worse be a terrible idea?

i think she may open up a little int he front with some more weight, but i know the pictures arent good for that. i'm hoping those withers settle down a bit, but eh. no ideas?
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-02-2013, 09:06 AM
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Again, it would be great if you could help this filly and give her a home, BUT ERU is an expensive condition to care for. Not trying to detour you from getting her, but it does take work and time. I'm sure Wallaby can tell you that, I know she posted on your other thread. Her health needs to be dealt with before ANY riding or training comes into play and her heath should ALWAYS come first.

It will take time, and money, possibly lots of it...but if you're willing to do it that's great. I'm just trying to let you know what you're getting into. I'd scoop up all the advice you can get from Wallaby she does an amazing job with Lacey. I've seen a few of your other threads and think you may board? If so it takes a lot of extra care for a near blind or already blind horse like other's have said. Pastures / stalls / runs everything has to be safe and free of hazards. Plus, you have to be careful what horses she would be put with. It may seem easy to take on a blind horse now because you want to help, but you have to look at the big picture and make sure you'd really be helping her and not putting her in a DANGEROUS situation.

One thing I would personally do, I would have a vet check done BEFORE purchasing. It might give you some insight to how far she is and what measures will need to be taken once she is in your care.

Riding wise, most horses have little to no problem adapting to reduced or no eyesight. It takes time, trust and patience. You cannot push them! Overall I think she'd be great as long as her health is really taken into consideration.

Good luck!

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post #9 of 9 Old 01-02-2013, 12:03 PM
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I have been looking at this and thinking about it and I will make my suggestions and give you an opinion that you can keep or discard and this opinion may be unpopular with some folks here.

I would NOT take this horse and, quite honestly, I would put this horse down if I were the current owner and NOT try to sell her.

My reasoning is this.
Likely this horse will not work out as a good riding horse let alone a horse that can be safely kept at pasture. IOW's her conformation does not matter. Not at all. If she does work out she is going to cost a bundle to keep going because treatment is not cheap and the commitment is a lot of years and a lot of money over those years.

I know that to put a young animal down is a very sad thing, but with all the horses out there that are good, decent horses with no serious limitations that need homes.. you could rescue a lot more than this one.

You can choose any path you wish (your time and your money) but that is what I think.
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