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post #21 of 23 Old 02-23-2011, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Everyone's opinions have been helpful. I've always used verbal cues with her, and lately I've been using them more along with touching her a lot so she knows where I am.

She does lunge, however due to the 2 feet of snow in Mass, I haven't been able to to anything but in hand and ground work with her, so she hasn't been lunged in a few months. I was planning on working her in a round pen this spring, but due to her newfound handicap I don't believe that's an option anymore. She's worn a saddle once before, but she is by no means close to broke.
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Everyone's opinions have been helpful. I've always used verbal cues with her, and lately I've been using them more along with touching her a lot so she knows where I am.

She does lunge, however due to the 2 feet of snow in Mass, I haven't been able to to anything but in hand and ground work with her, so she hasn't been lunged in a few months. I was planning on working her in a round pen this spring, but due to her newfound handicap I don't believe that's an option anymore. She's worn a saddle once before, but she is by no means close to broke.
You can still lunge her in a bigger space where she won't crash into anything. But if your not comfortable doing that then likely you shouldn't ride her past a walk when you saddle her. Or maybe stick to w/t with this horse.
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After owning TWO half blind horses and working with a couple more, I will also disagree with you production acres.

One of my horses only had one eye and was completely blind in the dark. I competed on her in cowboy mounted shooting events even with only one eye. The other horse still had her eye but didn't have much vision in it. She was a competitive barrel racing horse.

The Last horse I worked with also only had one eye and he was one of the best dude horses on a riding stable rental string.

I will repeat what others have said Build the trust and VERBAL CUES are extremely important.

And finally Production Acres, I'm sure you must have missed the National geographic special on that herd of Mustangs where 90 plus % of the herd was in various stages of blindness. The sighted horses developed a system of calls and noises so that the blind ones could follow and follow quite well.
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