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post #1 of 15 Old 04-19-2012, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Lacey! Featuring her adorable new saddle pad from Gidget...

Miss Lacey is still having quite the time.
She's actually adjusting better than I thought she would to her increased seeing challenges and I've been reading a TON on managing a "seeing impaired" horse.

Thinking back, I'm realizing more and more that the signs were there all along that she had vision loss, I just didn't know what to look for and she functions so well that she seemed like a normal horse.

In any case, my current "success" has been leading her. Since her vision got worse a few weeks ago, I've been having a heck of a time leading her. Either she's charging ahead and spooking at every little thing or she's walking super close to me, directly behind me, which is dangerous if something spooks her.
In one of the articles I read, the author suggested leading a blind/vision impaired horse by the halter strap under the chin, so today I gave it a try. And I'm surprised to say that it worked like a charm. No spooks, Lacey didn't drag behind, she didn't charge ahead, she actually seemed happy to have physical reassurance that I was there.
Who would have thought!

We went on our ride and I had to work so hard to "be" her eyes. She did pretty well but she kept veering off the path whenever it changed direction (she seemed to be using the taller weeds along the edge of the path to follow the trail...).
It was rather sad, I mean, she's one of those "let me do my work of keeping us safe, you just sit there and look pro" horses. I guess though that this turn of events is like that grandma everyone knows who's surly and refuses help for forever but once she really needs the help, she accepts it without complaint.
My legs are going to be like iron pretty soon! LOL!
She was also very reluctant to go faster than a trot anywhere. The things I've read say that that's not unusual with new vision issues. It was kinda weird though to have her be happy sticking to walk. Usually she's like "let's run 24/7!!!". We did get a good canter in up our usual cantering hill which she seemed to really enjoy.

Then later this girl, who comes out to hang out with Lacey, came out and we basically spent 2 hours brushing Lacey and loving her. Lacey ADORED it. She stood pretty much stock still the entire time and just seemed to be enjoying herself, she even fell asleep on her feet for a bit. She got a little antsy towards the end but after 2 hours, I don't blame her!
It was really nice and we got SO MUCH shedding hair out of her coat!!

The vet is coming tomorrow to do shots and hopefully give me/us a real prognosis... I'm a little scared but no matter what, it'll be ok.

Oh! And I was talking to my dad about this whole Lacey thing and mentioned that I wasn't sure what I was going to do with her during the summer since I've decided to not go to camp due to Lacey's eyes and how much extra stress that would cause. And he said to me "Well, do you know how the neighbor's would feel about a horse in our field?", we have about an acre below our house... So I have to go ask the neighbors and make sure they'd be ok, but Lacey might get to spend the summer in my literal backyard! Yay!
I haven't figured out all the logistics of it since the llamas couldn't live with her at my house, since they're wild, and she'd be by herself, plus dramatic change of locale when her sight is going? But we'll get it worked out. It could be cool to have her there, and our meadow is like the perfect combo between sunny and shade which would be really good for her eyes.



Pretty flowers in my neighbor's backyard:

Lacey's newest saddle pad, from Gidget. :)

Coming over to say hi...

Saying hi.

"Um, no. You need to come right back over here and pet me more. I did not sanction your leaving. Hmph."

"SADDLE PAD? It looks cute but also a little scary. I'm not sure how to react..."

"Well, it doesn't smell like it's going to eat me... Maybe If I lick it?" (she actually did lick, then bite, it, silly girl!)

Sunshine girl.

Then today. It was the worst weather today. Pouring rain alllllll day. The worst. But Lacey needed to be ridden and with the way she's been lately, that's best in the morning when people aren't out running/walking dogs on the trail.

Poneh has strong negative feelings towards rain. Poor poneh.

Alert! With her cute pad. I'm not sure why she's standing like that though...Maybe she was pretending to be a ships mascot thingy? I dunno......

Aww. And her cute riding halter. I made it for her quite a while ago. I'd like to make another one because that one is really much too big but I just haven't yet.

The trail, so green and wet!!

OMG ears.

Then we went back home, she got her snuggly fleece cooler on and her lightweight blanket, and then she got fed.
She was a happy girl.

Thanks for looking! :)

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Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-19-2012, 07:37 PM
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Omg,I had no idea Lacey girl is losing her eye sight. I am so sorry. We had a gelding at the age of 18 that lost his eye careful as he broke my little toe >.< it hurt soooooooo bad. She should adjust fine. I hope she does. Let us know how it goes.

Her saddle pad looks even better on her! Maybe Gidget was too busy looking since she is a paint.
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She is such a beautiful mare, her photos always make me smile :)

I would love to know how you made that riding halter!

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Naw, she's not spoiled...... not one little bit.
Adore the new saddle pad, it looks terrific on her.
I really like seeing pics of Lacey for 2 reasons-
One, its nice to look at her and her expressions, and two, I like the backgrounds... they make me homesick, but in a good way.
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Glad to hear you are both coping with her vision loss well. She's cute as always and that saddle pad is fantastic!

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Lacey's new saddle pad looks so good on her, it suits her.

I still wish I had trails like those for riding on here!
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Iv never actually come across this, but i was just wondering how old lacey is? I like seeing pictures of he mostly because there is a story that goes with everyone!
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Thanks Gidget! :) I think she's adjusting ok to her sight issues. She's very unsure about some things (today she had a lesson kid come, one she's known for a while so they already trust each other ok) and she threw an absolute fit about going through a watery marsh between her field and our riding area. I totally don't blame her though, I certainly would be nervous in that situation too! I stepped in and led her through and she was totally fine after that, the sweetie.
I'll watch my toes. ;)
And that saddle pad is the best! I want like 50 more! Pads usually slide on her for whatever reason but that one was like stuck to her and the saddle, it was fantastic. Thank you again!!

Thanks omgpink! She makes me smile too.
The riding halter, I just made by following a rope halter pattern (like on this page: How to tie a rope halter ) then before I tied off the nose loop, I just overhand knotted a solid metal ring (of the appropriate size, that I bought at the farm store) in about halfway between the chin knot and the noseband knot. :) I thought the rings would eventually move up or down since they're only attached with an overhand knot, but they haven't yet. They're actually very solidly where they are. :)

Hahaha I know, right, Lockwood?! I like to think that she's just very loved... Actually, that's how I justify it.
I love the scenery here too! It's just so green n' stuff! I wish it was less muddy all the time but I guess you can't have a lot of green without a lot of mud. I can wish though. haha

Thanks MHFQ! :)

Lol and thanks, HAMP! Lacey and I really got lucky trails-wise. They super duper make up for not really having an arena or something to really be able to work in. :)

I'm glad you like seeing them Casey! I like posting the pictures for you guys and i love taking them. I think, once she's gone, it'll be comforting for me to look back on the, literally thousands, of pictures I've taken of her and remember what we had, yknow? As morbid as that is, she's not gonna live forever and when she goes, I'm gonna need some major comfort.
She turned 27 this spring which is crazy! Inside my head she's still maaaaaayyyybe 23.

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Rest peacefully, Lacey.

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Aww <3 Lacy looks wonderful in her new saddle pad! If only they made harnesses as decorative as saddles and saddle pads, I'd have Sour all fancied up too!

So sorry to hear about her vision problems though, is it possible that she could be forming cateracs or something? Those could be removed with lazer, atleast. Thats very interesting about leading her under the chin though, I ought to try that with 'little' Peppin. He was antsy on the leadline even before he lost an eye, but now he's seems to be very spooky especially when I make a move that he can't feel first, since I'm on his left side. Its great to hear that you're helping Lacey transition so well though and I hope that you can bring her home this summer!
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wow 27 and still going out on the trails :) thats great to hear, yeah i understand how you will need the pictures, when my horse got hit by a car it was so unexpected i found myself watching a short video that i had on my phone of her, over and over and over again! It jsut helps you get through and i hope her time wont be for a while now, it soulds like she has a great owner who truely cares :)
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