So Miss Lacey is having a rough rough week. It's been a little over a week since she had an attack of Moon Blindness and I can tell that there's been some definite MORE sight loss due to that, and she's not really adjusting super well.
At least, she's not fine with it right now. I think she's doing better than probably a lot of horses would be in this situation but she's definitely not chill about this.
Basically, I'm concerned because while she's naturally spooky in the spring, she's taking it to a whole new level. It's not her usual "I feel great so I'm going to spook and use that as an excuse to prance around" spooks, it's like "I'm legitimately scared right now so I'm spooking out of my mind" spooks.
She's confident when we're together, for the most part. More so when I'm riding, less with me on the ground, and she's less confident than she used to be but is still pretty confident in her field. However, take her out of the field, into the neighborhood and oh man, terror strikes. She's fine once we get to our trails but getting there has been a trial.
Anyway, I'm just not sure what to do to encourage her that things are fine and she'll be ok. She does trust me and she's glued to me when she can be, but obviously, I can't live in her field.
I am starting to use words for topographical changes on the trail and in her field so that when/if she goes totally blind, she'll have some level of confidence...
I guess the thing that really concerned me today was that Lacey, a generally VERY un-touchy mare (she literally had a 6 year old sit down under her belly and start playing with her udder because the 6 year old wanted "to know what they felt like"), nearly kicked me today when I was on her "bad" side and grabbed her tail. Thankfully she hadn't committed to the kick and she put her foot right back down when I said something (I had forgotten to talk to her as I walked around her). However, the fact that I was nearly kicked for doing something I do practically EVERYDAY says that we need a little help, I think.
She also spooked and ran away from me today when I was carrying her blanket out to her in the field. She usually/used to will come right over when it's raining, she doesn't have a blanket on, and I bring her blanket out. Once I called her her enough, she realized it was me and, though still scared, stood still for me to put her blanket on.
The vet is coming out on Friday to do shots and I'm thinking I'll have her peek at Lacey's eyes again and hopefully give me a sight percentage for each eye, so I know what we're dealing with.
But yeah, does anybody have ideas for things I can do with her to ease the transition?
Should I take her out more (scary for her) or should I let her fully adjust to her field, then start taking her out more? I'm inclined to start taking her out more so she can look at things and realize that everything is the same as they used to be but I've never dealt with a blind/going blind horse in my life.
I'm thinking more ground work, lunging through/around "scary" objects (apparently yellow is the scariest color ever, even though she used to be 100% fine with it...good thing I have 3 yellow buckets!) that didn't use to be scary, that sort of thing?
If anyone has links to stories about people helping their horse through this, that'd be totally great too. :)