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post #1 of 32 Old 01-23-2011, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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What about this mare?

So I have really wanted to get a rescue for a while and was looking at rescue places in my state and came across this girl. She looks gorgeous to me and I have really wanted a paint for a while too. I still would have to convince my parents. The only thing is she is completely blind. Which I think is going to make her getting a home hard. People don't know how to deal with a blind horse, but I have a half blind one already and it doesn't bother me in the least that she is blind. In her description they say she is very trusting and lets people ride her,even kids.
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post #2 of 32 Old 01-23-2011, 07:03 PM
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It's hard to say much of anything about conformation from that picture, but she does look very pretty and sweet. What would you be using her for? I know that blind horses can do pretty well in an arena setting on the flat, but it seems to me like being out on the trails might not be the best because she won't be able to anticipate her footing as well and so on.
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Yeah, that was the only picture they had of her on the website sorry. She does look gorgeous and sweet though. I would probably show her English Pleasure or something along the lines of that. Gizmo is really western so I couldn't use him for English shows, plus he hates the ring.

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She might be able to do pretty well as an english pleasure mare, though there will be plenty of obstacles to overcome with her blindness. Many blind horses will become especially nervous and flighty when around other unfamiliar horses or in strange places (like a show) just because they can't see everything that's going on. From that standpoint she might or might not work out for showing depending on her overall temperament and how much of a bond of trust you two can develop.
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She's certainly a pretty girl.
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post #6 of 32 Old 01-23-2011, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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I agree. It was kinda love at first sight, picture wise anyways. But I don't think my parents are ganna let me get another one :(. I need my own place. ugh.

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So I emailed my mom asking about getting another horse today with no reply. But I will talk to her about it more tomorrow when I can get her alone at dinner and bowling, it is out girls night out. But I emailed the rescue today and they told me that if I wanted her to come see her and they will let me take her for free as a foster. :) They said she is super friendly and that they had kids riding her, so I think she is very trusting. I want to go see her bad. But I can't get her until spring even if my parents let me because I need to make my fenced in area a little bigger, which we were going to do anyways so Gizmo had some more room to play.

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She is adorable, very charming face. Wouldn't she be just perfect for a kids therapy sort of situation, where walkers would be on each side of the child rider and she would always be guided? Maybe you could foster her and look for a therapy barn to keep her. I can understand your Mom's position.
Also, that is so cool that you have "girls night out" with your MOM. She is a lucky mom and you a lucky daughter!
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She looks like such a sweet girl. Obviously blind horses need very precise directions for everything, and their stable needs to be set up in a way that water and feed is always in the same place, etc. If you feel you're competant to do that, it would be great to take her in.
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She is adorable, very charming face. Wouldn't she be just perfect for a kids therapy sort of situation, where walkers would be on each side of the child rider and she would always be guided? Maybe you could foster her and look for a therapy barn to keep her. I can understand your Mom's position.
Also, that is so cool that you have "girls night out" with your MOM. She is a lucky mom and you a lucky daughter!
You know I bet she would be! I talked to the people and they said I could foster her if I wanted to. Actually that is a passion of mine that I really want to do. I grew up with an autistic kid in my class and I see them everyday where I work now. One of my friends has and Autistic child and she says that I am very good with them so I have really wanted to own a horse that would be good at that and bring him or her to do that once or twice a week at a place. I should look around to see what place does that around here. Even if I just did it as a volunteer.
Yeah it is pretty cool. We go out to dinner and then we bowl on a league every Tuesday night :) Its really fun and we get time to ourselves without my dad. lol

equiniphile: "She looks like such a sweet girl. Obviously blind horses need very precise directions for everything, and their stable needs to be set up in a way that water and feed is always in the same place, etc. If you feel you're competant to do that, it would be great to take her in."

I believe I do. I have a little paddocked area which is flat with nothing she could run into even if she was playing. It is wooden fencing so she could just go through it like electric. My barn is a run in type with a really wide door frame. She would have to get used to where the wood is on the door, but I might be able to find some kind of horse friendly padding (stuff they can't eat!) so if she did run into it it wouldn't be so bad. The only thing that worries me is that my feed trough where I put the hay does stick out some. But I could pad that as well. The water remains in the same spot and she can use her sniffer to sniff that out. But I would defiantly show her where it is and I'm sure Gizmo would help with things too. I would most likely feed them in separate places so that they are getting the right amount of food. Gizmo is on a restricted diet.


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