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post #1 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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One eyed showjumper

Hey everyone, this is Bishop, my 19 year old schoolmaster. He only has one eye, as you can see if you look close at the below pictures. I was told by several competitors that competing and jumping hin is cruel, as he cant see his right side.

What are your thoughts on competing in shows with a one eyed horse?
Why do people say its cruel?
Is it cruel? He jumps perfectly, and really enjoys it!!

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post #2 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 12:38 PM
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If he has no fear of jumping, then I'd say they're just being overly cautious. From the picture, it doesn't look like he jumps very high either. I can kind of see why people would think its cruel....kind of like making someone with one leg run a marathon. But hey, people do it all of the time, so why not horses? As long as you're sure he's comfortable, and you're comfortable, there shouldn't be a problem.
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post #3 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 01:56 PM
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You may want to stick to jumping tracking left. That way he can see around the turn to see what he's going over.
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I think you're fine. Your horse will tell you when you're asking too much.
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post #5 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 04:22 PM
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I think it's awesome. Just because he only has one eye doesn't mean he can't do something he loves to do. He's a nice looking horse btw.
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There was a one-eyed pony that I used to see all the time at the local shows, I went to the same riding club for a year. He held his slightly crooked but he jumped his heart out for his rider. He did everything! Dressage, games, hacking etc The little girl who rode him was so sweet and would chat to anyone who would ask about the horses eye.

As long as your horse isn't falling or tripping I say go for it!
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There is a horse in my area that jumps 1.20m showjumping tracks and he is always in the winners enjoys it and knows what he is doing. He has no problem and I don't think it is cruel at all.
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I think it's fine, just take it slowly. :)

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My horse has limited sight in one eye and he jumps just fine as well. ;)

There are many stories of horses with one eye/one good eye jumping--you'll know when he's not comfortable!

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post #10 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 05:38 PM
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I used to take lessons on a one eyed horse. She was a pinto draft cross, and absolutely fearless. I believe her name was Cloe. Your horse is fine. As everyone's said, he'll tell you when you're asking too much or if he can't do it anymore.

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