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        09-25-2009, 05:55 PM
    OMG that's great! So glad to hear he is ok!
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        09-26-2009, 05:48 AM
    Yep indeed but I have to wait till monday for my pony to come home now lol can't wait 2 more days
        09-26-2009, 09:57 AM
    I am glad to hear Patch is doing well. {{HUGS}} for you and sugar cubes for Patch. ;)
        09-26-2009, 10:20 AM
    Aw thank you Patch would eat anything anyway lol
        09-26-2009, 10:22 AM
    Glad to hear the good news. Only 2 more days -- you'll make it!
        09-26-2009, 10:36 AM
    I don't think I will lol I am making monday an event on my calender on my website lol
        09-26-2009, 10:57 AM
    Savvy - what a sad story. But as the vet has said - it is not as bad as it could have been.

    Nature has a way of compensating. My Rottweiler dog had a cruciate ligament breakage which meant he had to learn to walk on three legs for a while. A 44 kilo dog learned to balance himself and get about with only 1 back leg. Amazing.
    I have lived with the sight of only one eye for almost a lifetime. I can't see properly out of my left eye but I can sense movement and I can judge distance. There are a lot of people like me living with sight only in one eye. Your horse will make similar adjustments I am sure.

    What is necessary for you though is to consider how he might be affected
    And how you are going to help him adjust to his new state.
    He might initially have trouble judging distance - you'll have to cue him better as to where to put his feet.
    He might be worried about objects moving on the side of the damaged eye
    He might bend his neck to allow the undamaged eye to see what the damaged eye can no longer see.
    He might be able to jump - he might not.
    He might feel vulnerable - so he will probably compensate by using his other senses - smell, hearing, touch, vibration.

    My guess is that within a year or so, you are going to become an expert on one eyed horses.

    May I suggest that you keep a diary. Make a note of the problems as and if they develop. Then ask, guess, experiment with the possible answers. Then record the results. Your experience may well become a model for others who might have to face a similar scenario.
    There will be some notes somewhere in the veterinarian world of how other horses have adjusted to loss of sight. Do some research and try to find out what is available to you.

    If you need help or ideas, - then post a note on the Forum - we will all try to help if we can.

    Good luck and look after yourself - you've got responsibilities now.

    Barry G
        09-26-2009, 11:17 AM
    Thank you very much Barry I am sure I will learn alot from this.

    I have just created my own website Patch and Phoebe - Home which I will use to keep notes on Patch and how he is getting on and any problems we come across.

    I will let everyone on this forum who has helped me through this though time know how he is getting on.

    Thank you everyone for all the support 2 days left till he is home

    Shauna xXxXx
        09-26-2009, 02:34 PM

    He gets to come home tomorrow instead of monday yay!!!!
        09-27-2009, 12:53 AM
    Woo Hoo!!

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