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!!
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.
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!
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.