I am beginning to suspect my horse has a vision problem. He's definitely not blind, but he did something the other day that made me begin to question whether he can see as well as he should.
I was riding in a large hay field with a friend and the lady from across the street walked over and stood in the field, very still, with her hand up shielding her eyes. When I turned around, Gabe didn't know what she was. I've been riding him long enough to know what he's thinking, and he couldn't tell what she was. He knew she was there but I had to have her speak out and put her arm down and move until he was okay and realized she was a human.
Then I begin to think about everything we've experienced in the past 5 years. When he was a baby he accidentally stepped on a jump and it snapped in two and stabbed him in the belly, ever sine then he's had severe jumping issues where he refuses the jump unless I walk him up to it and let him sniff and measure it.
From working with him and gaining his trust he rarely refuses anymore but I have gotten into the habit of counting him off 4 strides away from the jump (because it helps me get the correct striding) but I realized when I stop counting he gets really messed up and thrown off track. So I began to think maybe this counting really helps him with depth perception and knowing where the jump is. Not sure.
Anyways, just wanted to know what you guys think, and if there's any such thing as an equine eye exam? I don't know whether to have the vet out, or just let it be?