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        01-24-2011, 01:37 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    I am so sorry to hear about this ShutUpJoe. I know this was the pregnant rescue horse you were looking forward to getting. I feel so bad for you and the horse, because neither one of you deserved to get into a situation you can't handle.

    I feel really sorry for the mare especially, because she can't help it that she can't see, and now she is in a place that is scary for her, and she may not be able to stay either, so she will have to learn a whole different place again if you move her.

    What a sad situation for both of you. I feel like the place you got her from should have known something wasn't right.

    I did hear of a rescue one time that specialized in blind horses. It had a funny name that had something to do with dogs, but it was a blind horse rescue. There were in the mid-west and moved back east. I didn't look where you are at, but maybe it's something you can Google.

    Oh, here, I found it:

    Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary
         
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        01-24-2011, 01:46 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    I sent an e-mail to Rolling Dog Ranch yesterday. I haven't received a response back. It says they are full so I asked them if they could assist me in finding her somewhere.

    Trailhorserider- You don't know how sorry I am! It's been really upsetting for me. I have an emaciated Clydesdale that is waiting on Frog Pond to pick her up. It just sucks that everyone is fighting to home this old thin sway back Clydesdale but this blind 9 year old beautiful Arab mare is in the spot she is in. I'm not meaning that hatefully. Just truthfully. I'm still in shock over it. I was hoping to have her out with the herd already and teaching her the routine of everything. None of the will happen and it really upsets me. Everytime I think about the unfairness of it all I get upset all over again. I feel bad for her, I will feel even worse if she is pregnant. I don't feel sorry for myself though. I'm just at a loss.
         
        01-24-2011, 01:54 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by ShutUpJoe    
    I sent an e-mail to Rolling Dog Ranch yesterday. I haven't received a response back. It says they are full so I asked them if they could assist me in finding her somewhere.

    Trailhorserider- You don't know how sorry I am! It's been really upsetting for me. I have an emaciated Clydesdale that is waiting on Frog Pond to pick her up. It just sucks that everyone is fighting to home this old thin sway back Clydesdale but this blind 9 year old beautiful Arab mare is in the spot she is in. I'm not meaning that hatefully. Just truthfully. I'm still in shock over it. I was hoping to have her out with the herd already and teaching her the routine of everything. None of the will happen and it really upsets me. Everytime I think about the unfairness of it all I get upset all over again. I feel bad for her, I will feel even worse if she is pregnant. I don't feel sorry for myself though. I'm just at a loss.
    I would be tore up too! Maybe best case senario is that she is pregnant, and she can be a pasture puff somewhere and live out her life with her foal. Or, she isn't, but she can still be a pasture puff somewhere with a good companion. That kind of home is hard to find, but it must be out there for her. She is a lovely, sweet horse. I watched the video and she is just beautiful. It will take someone who is stable and doesn't mind that she has some special needs. She is almost in the predicament of an old horse that can't be ridden, except that she is only 9.
         
        01-24-2011, 02:16 PM
      #24
    Yearling
    That just stinks. I think she is new to being blind or is losing it because the way she is really scared and panicking. Once she figures things out, I think she will be better. That really stinks because she is very beautiful. I still think she could be ridden if she is a trusting horse. It already sounds like she is starting to put her trust in you. But like you said you don't have the real facilities to keep here there. I wish you were closer! Because I would take her in for a while. Darn!
         
        01-24-2011, 03:09 PM
      #25
    Foal
    So sorry for you all! I hope she is okay.
         
        01-25-2011, 03:03 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    Here is another video....
         
        01-25-2011, 03:20 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    Aww poor baby! And she's such a pretty girl!
         
        01-25-2011, 03:54 PM
      #28
    Green Broke
    Someone posted on here about being able to see her pupil. You cannot see it. I have a feeling this is either cataracts or moon blindness. Her eyes really reflect blue. I tried to hand walk her today and she was a nervous wreck. She literally walks like she is on egg shells. When she can't feel the ground under her or there is a change (gravel to grass, grass to snow) she will pull her head up. I have to keep talking to her.

    I have contacted a few rescues and we are hoping to get her either fostered or adopted to someone who knows more about blind horses. I'd like to wait until after the vet comes to confirm because a few people are really irritating me saying that "you don't know what you are talking about" or "you aren't a vet how would you know she is blind". Well, I'm the one who has her and if they were to see what I see they would think she was blind too.
         
        01-25-2011, 03:57 PM
      #29
    Foal
    I agree with you! How could someone that had the horse not notice she was having trouble seeing? I am not expert but she doesn't blink at your hand and runs right into it.
         
        01-25-2011, 04:05 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    She is still gorgeous. Really smart too! I defiantly think that if you were to keep her you could ride her. I wouldn't limit a horses abilities just because they are blind. I dismissed Gizmo af first because he is half blind, but he is the best horse I have ever owned. My friend's horse is completely blind now and she still rides him regularly, actually she barrel races him. People are pretty amazed to find out he is blind afterwords.
         

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