One eyed showjumper - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Witbank, South Africa
Posts: 2,681
• Horses: 2
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 can't 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!!

Bishop 2.jpg

d22.jpg

d29.jpg

d24.jpg

Every girl wants their own LOVE STORY, I found mine... :)
LoveStory10 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 12:38 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Posts: 1,901
• Horses: 1
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.
justsambam08 is offline  
post #3 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 01:56 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: SouthEastern PA
Posts: 1,740
• Horses: 2
You may want to stick to jumping tracking left. That way he can see around the turn to see what he's going over.
sillybunny11486 is offline  
post #4 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 02:50 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Missoula, MT
Posts: 6,594
• Horses: 1
I think you're fine. Your horse will tell you when you're asking too much.
Spastic_Dove is offline  
post #5 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 04:22 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 4,260
• Horses: 15
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.
ShutUpJoe is offline  
post #6 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 04:54 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 1,206
• Horses: 4
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!
Pinto Pony is offline  
post #7 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 05:02 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: at the barn
Posts: 2,160
• Horses: 3
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.
savvylover112 is offline  
post #8 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 05:02 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: In my saddle! Or, in another persons saddle...
Posts: 307
• Horses: 1
I think it's fine, just take it slowly. :)

Ride to live, and live to ride!
HorsePride is offline  
post #9 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 05:11 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 852
• Horses: 3
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!

Dressage in Jeans - My blog with dressage tips for happy, relaxed horses, specifically for those who ride dressage in western saddles, no saddles, cowboy boots, or jeans. ;) Also now with cute pygmy goat pictures! :P
mayfieldk is offline  
post #10 of 25 Old 12-22-2009, 05:38 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,227
• Horses: 0
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.

I give myself very good advice, But I very seldom follow it
Gillian is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
One-Eyed Mini Training - help? sammsgone Horse Training 6 11-19-2009 06:17 PM
Frog-Eyed Gecko Lucara Other Pets 5 08-31-2009 06:01 PM
YOUNG SHOWJUMPER... New name required =) Delregans Way Horse Pictures 22 02-29-2008 04:13 AM
HDR Showjumper for sale Zenkcc Tack and Equipment Classifieds 0 02-02-2008 11:44 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome