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    07-27-2011, 07:24 PM

I have a 12 year old gelding walking horse that went blind in May. I have had a few minor injuries since and when I ride he drops into a roll. I guess the question Iím asked almost daily is why I donít put him down. What are your views on this heart breaking decision??
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    07-27-2011, 07:26 PM
Is it possible to just keep him as a pet? Like not ride him? If it was up to me I wouldn't be able to do it. I'm sorry, that's a tough situation to be in..
    07-27-2011, 07:30 PM
Why is he dropping?
There are many success stories of horses overcoming blindness, and continuing to carry riders.
    07-27-2011, 07:32 PM
Green Broke
I agree on the pet thing however there are many blind horses that thrive very well as riding horses but they need to have extra precautions which he seems to just be fearful of not being able to see so the pet thing might be best
    07-27-2011, 07:37 PM
As I replied in the Playing the Hero thread - this seems to be a training issue. Sure if the horse is dangerous, I would consider euthanasia, but from what I've read posted here and in the other thread, it may very well be a lack of training on both your and the horse's end.
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    07-27-2011, 07:51 PM
Green Broke
We have a completely blind horse. He's mainly a pet. We never even thought of putting him down.
    07-27-2011, 07:51 PM
Dont put him down just because he's blind keep him as a pet, I know a horse whos blind, he's a pasture horse. They have a little pony with a bell on him she the pasture horse knows where the pony is and can follow him.
But theirs also a half blind horse who rides like a PRO.
Seriously I would of never know took him out to some corn feild and took him on a full gallop VERY fast and not the slightest spooky, It just takes time he will become used to it. It all boils down to trust.
I mean shoot you wouldent put a human down if they were blind?
They would have to get used to it and go about ever day life blind.
Sorry he's blind though it would be tough but I say keep going he's still got a chance.
    07-27-2011, 08:06 PM
If you have not already seen the video of the blind horse, you should check out this thread.

Amazing Blind Horse Video Makes You Cry!
    07-27-2011, 08:18 PM
Thanks all, I would NEVER put him down, it just feels like sometimes it's us against the world.
He rolls with me on his back RIDING him, I think it's because while he was stabled for a month during his illness I took him into the indoor arena and let him roll ON-LEAD, so I think he just feels safe with me. :/ But we are working on the "rules" and I am learning NINJA skills...lmao
    07-27-2011, 08:20 PM
I don't think because he's blind you should put him down. Keep him as a companion/pet horse.
Can you ride blind horses? I didn't think you could?
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