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    01-24-2011, 11:18 AM
  #11
Yearling
From watching that video, I think she defiantly is or limited. She certainly is beautiful though, and there is no reason why you couldn't ride her in the future or anything, but you to have to make your pasture safe and such with a blind horse. They can get into things really easily. IDK if you saw the mare I was looking at that was blind, but I have the experience and the facility. Wish you were closer because I would take her in for a while until you could get better situated. I just have a totally cleared off field with a smaller fenced in area. My friends horses is blind and she has a bigger pasture than I do, with some trees and stuff. She has other horses and a pony that kind of lead him around. But he just got used to the area and knows where things are. They adjust to their area after time. Gizmo couldn't find his water bucket and feed trough when he got here, because his sight is limited to one eye. But he knows it fairly well now. He still bumps and runs into things, that is just what they do because they don't know where it is. Where did you get her from? It seems like they would have done a check up on her eyes and everything as well. Is she pregnant? Is there anyway you can leave her on stall rest for now anyways and just lead her out to grass to eat?
     
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    01-24-2011, 11:22 AM
  #12
Banned
Is this the mare that came up from ....some other state?

Didn't she have to have a vet exam before shipping? Did they not note any eye issues?
     
    01-24-2011, 12:29 PM
  #13
Green Broke
I'm going to call the vet in Kentucky right now to see if they noted anything. I'm trying to find the number.

The owner that sent her here is claiming she didn't know.

I opened her stall door and put a bowl of food in the middle of the barn outside of her stall to see what she would do. She felt the stall door was open with her nose. Stood there quivering for about 15 minutes before she very tentatively stepped out. Her legs were shaking. She put her nose to the ground like a bloodhound and sniffed around for the food but still didn't find it. I had to pick it up and put it under her nose. After she ate it all she turned around, again very slowly and timidly, and bumped right into the wall. Then she just stood there and waited for me to come get her. So I grabbed her halter and tried to lead her back into her stall. I touched her nose to both sides of the stall opening to show her it was open. She kept pulling back, like she was afraid I was going to lead her off a cliff. Finally after I talked to her quietly she let me lead her into the stall. I wanted to hand walk her today but I'm not sure if it is safe enough.

I called my vet and I'm waiting on a call back.
     
    01-24-2011, 12:37 PM
  #14
Banned
I have very limited experience with blind horses but IMO, she at least has failing eye sight. I know there is such a thing as a less reactive horse but at the 45 second mark in the video, she runs into you and reacts. I think she has better sight on her left side but her right side is pretty dim. Poor girl. *big hugs* I would be interested to hear back on the PPE. I would think that a vet would have picked up on that.
     
    01-24-2011, 12:49 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Just got off the phone. The receptionist said that the only thing noted on there was the horse was "healthy". She said they don't usually note on there if the horse is blind. She says it's a transport health certificate and just assesses the horses over all condition. I asked her to have the vet that did the exam to call me. I want to see if he noticed anything or if the owner might have mentioned something.
     
    01-24-2011, 01:28 PM
  #16
Yearling
I think by the lack of flinching or blinking her eyes when you were waving your hand in front of her eyes that she is very nearly totally blind. Then when you described setting down some food in front of her and her not being able to find it tells me she is totally blind. We had a horse here who did go blind and at first he bumped into things was leery of going through a gate. He had to be directed to his grain tub at feeding time. With a blind horse it is very important to constantly talk to it when your near it so that they know your nearby. Fortunately my QH mare took over being that horse's seeing eyes.
     
    01-24-2011, 01:36 PM
  #17
Super Moderator
Either she is newly blind or there are other issues. I have only known 2 blind horses (maybe 3 - I never had the vet see if Black went blind on me). The 2 horses that I dealt with were in environments that they were used to (this horse is in a new environment) but... they did not have issues finding food and they knew when a person or animal was near as their other senses were heightened. The fact that she doesn't know you are there would mean her smelling and hearing is off. She may have a neurological issue. If not, then she's really handicapped. The blind horse I knew at my lesson stable was 100% blind and was being used for flat lessons before the diagnosis, once it was known he was blind riding was stopped for safety's sake. He would lead just fine although in a new environment with a new person I could see a little skittishness at being led. This other horse was also turned out with other horses and alone and had no issues. That pony I boarded with had few issues and never walked into walls or trees and she was blind to the point that both eyes were clouded completely over and there was ZERO site.

This horse is either newly blind, or not 100%. Either way I am very curious to hear what the vet thinks. It's too bad the vet has to come into the situation with no prior knowledge of the horse... It would be easier with past records...
     
    01-24-2011, 01:55 PM
  #18
Green Broke
My boy went from sighted to totally blind over the span of about two months, so it is possible, depending on when the vet looked at her, that she might have been having issues that they didn't note. She acts very much like my boy did as his was failing. I'd say she isn't totally blind, but likely very impaired. Let us know what the vet says. I'd be happy to tell you what I can to help once you know what you are dealing with!
     
    01-24-2011, 02:10 PM
  #19
Green Broke
The earliest my vet can come out is next Wednesday. Seeing how it took three weeks to get her out to do a palpation on Annalie I'm going to stick with that appointment. Although I am looking into finding her another place. I let the Clydesdale mare out in the front yard and she was panicking in her stall. She was not happy with being alone. I think it's going to be unfair for her once the Clydesdale mare is gone. There won't be anybody in the stall next to her. She'll be alone in the barn.

I'm keeping the vet appointment unless she is rehomed. We will see if she is pregnant and she will check her vision.
     
    01-24-2011, 02:19 PM
  #20
Green Broke
Yes, my blind boy has two "seeing eye" horses. One is my old man that has cancer, the other is a lesson horse. I don't know what we're going to do with him once my old man is gone and I have to teach. He does not tolerate alone either. I suppose I'll just have to stall him during lessons and let him be upset. I don't think an hour a couple days a week will do him too much harm. If the hubby wouldn't absolutely flip about my bringing in another pasture puff, I'd take her. You may try to touch base with Rolling Dog Ranch. They , if they have room, take in blind horses.
     

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