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    07-21-2009, 09:27 PM
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Weanling
deaf horse???

How do you tell if a horse is going deaf?my old horse lightning(hes 12 but has arthritist and a sway back,hes not young anymore) isnt responding as well as he used to when I go to feed him I have to get right up next to him(about 12-20 feet) before he hears me coming.is there any way I can help him?
     
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    07-21-2009, 09:31 PM
  #2
Started
The veterinarian can test him. I've seen many deaf horses adapt better then going blind. If he truly is going deaf then, no, there probably isn't anything you can do.

Teach it sign language xD

Keep me updated.
     
    07-21-2009, 09:34 PM
  #3
Weanling
Haha I wish I could teach him sign launguage!im just worried that he'll get hurt because he can't hear or something.hes all alone until next week when my tn walker is coming back,maybe she'll keep him outta trouble,thats one advantage in keeping a young horse in with an older one!(shes 3 he's 14)
     
    07-21-2009, 09:44 PM
  #4
Started
I wouldn't worry about it too much. Get the vet out because it could be something as little as dried blood that is blocking his ear canal. Horses rely on sight and hearing but they more rely on sight.
     
    07-24-2009, 12:40 AM
  #5
Foal
Teach him sign! No joke. He'll learn by repetition. We fired up the weed whacker and realized our foal was deaf!
     

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