11-10-2011, 01:31 PM
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She is probably going blind. A Vet can figure this out in about 10 minutes. I know bc I had a horse that was losing his sight, and my Vet caught it doing routine work, took him into the dark barn with a penlight and confirmed the diagnoses. I saw no symptoms. He said that the horse would be jumping and kicking at shadows until he went totally blind, then could be used. This is a tough one. Everybody says, in theory, that you can use a totally blind horse. But when YOURS is the blind horse, it's tough to know what to do. =(
Certainly, the show ring becomes out of the question, but the horse IS comprimised, and vulnerable even if only one eye is blind. I think we're going to see more of this bc we have so much breeding for color, including blue-eyed Arabians and TB's. The gene for blindness is getting spread around more often.
My pony, "Toma" was a tobiano paint with a brown face, big blaze, 2 blue eyes, and he died at 35yo without any vision problems. (I owned him for 1/2 of his life.)