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  • Can my horse be helped if he already can't see?
  • Partially blind jumper horse

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    02-05-2011, 05:29 PM
Our former jumper, McCall, went blind in the summer of 2009. We put him on stall rest for about 2-3 months. He is a generally hot horse so he almost went insane, so we knew he had to come out of stall rest. We decided to put him in the pasture and see how he adapted, and knew if he didn't adapt, there'd be no way we could make him suffer. We filled any pot holes and took out anything potentially dangerous and we put him in there with one of our mares. He adapted flawlessly! Since he already knew that pasture before he went blind, I think that's what helped. But he gallops around like a normal horse; he just can't see!
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    02-05-2011, 05:35 PM
Green Broke
I think she would do great with Mick O. Who already has the set up for a blind horse. I have no idea when the snow is going to melt here but until then our pasture isn't safe enough for her. We don't have the set up to separate the herd to make sure nothing happens to her. I've explored every possibility and it's just not safe here for her. Not only that but I'm not familiar with handling blind horses. I don't have a calm horse to put her with.
    02-05-2011, 06:50 PM
I was looking up on the internet and the surgery is difficult and most times doesn't work. I agree with you that it's too expensive if it's not a sure thing. I don't have a place for a blind horse either. My rescue gelding is only partially blind. He can get around find, he's just paranoid inside. My mares would beat the heck out of a totally blind horse. I don't think they'd know it was blind. Good luck with Mick O. She's a dear to take this mare.
    02-05-2011, 07:20 PM
Green Broke
My horses would go after her, no doubt. I put her in a pen and my mare tried to go over the fence to get to her. I'm going to be moving her to the bigger stall in a couple days so she has some room to move around, at least.

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