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    06-23-2008, 07:45 PM
Green Broke
horse with cataracts?

I was just looking at an ad with a horse that has cataracts. The owner said it doesn't effect her riding at all. What are your experiences with cataracts? Could you tell me more about it? Thanks.

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    06-24-2008, 02:53 PM
I don't really experience with cataracts, but limited or non-existent vision in horses and how they cope is generally more to do with personality and trust they have for their handlers.

I have a one-eyed horse that does just fine. I know a gal that has an Appy that is pretty much blind with "moonblindness" and he has a pasturemate that he clings to, but he rides fine with the owner. He trusts her that much. It just puts more responsibility on the rider to pay attention to the footing and obstacles.

A client of mine had a blind horse she couldn't deal with and gave him to some people that trail ride on him now. They love him and he works nicely for them. The only real concession they make for him is to always put him in a safely fenced area, and they put gravel right around the fence line inside the pen, so when he hits this gravel, he knows the fence is soon to follow, and that's the only pen they keep him in.

Personally, I would consider the horse individually and what I'm prepared to do to keep her before I wrote her off for vision problems. If she's flighty because of it, then I'd pass, but if she's laid back, it's worth considering.
    06-24-2008, 10:07 PM
I used to ride a horse with cataracts. She used to ride just fine. She'd go down busy roads, cross water, go over bridges, whatever. She was fine with it. Once a horse starts getting cataracts, they adjust rather quickly in my opinion, since the onslaught of cataracts is generally gradual. It is when the horse a horse just goes blind, in one eye or both that issues arise.
    06-24-2008, 10:19 PM
Green Broke
I know a horse that was blind because of cataracts but you was perfectly fine, except would occasionally run into the fence or go behind other horses and get herself kicked
    06-25-2008, 04:04 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by mlkarel2010
I know a horse that was blind because of cataracts but you was perfectly fine, except would occasionally run into the fence or go behind other horses and get herself kicked
aww. Well the guy said that you can't even tell she has it. She goes galloping around her paddock without a problem. I hope that girl finds a good home. She's so beautiful.

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