Blind Baby - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 07-06-2012, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Reed City
Posts: 1
• Horses: 0
Blind Baby

I volunteer at a youth ranch, who takes in abused or differently able'd horses and pairs them with hurting/differently able'd children. One of the horses they recently took in is 7 and blind and only trusts the little boy they got him from, and Bill, who is one of the new owners.

I love this horse, and he's just beautiful! Just to be able to touch him would be a blessing, but because he is blind, i'm afraid i'll frighten him and cause him to hurt himself. How can I convince him i'm not a threat, if he can't see me?
bug4952 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 07-06-2012, 07:04 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Posts: 7,157
• Horses: 2
A soft voice and gentle hand go a long ways. With our half-blind colt who mistrusts people, I find that a constant murmer helps him locate and remember where I am. Often I will sing to him as I brush him or lead him. Try to just be slow and steady with everything you do, always watching his body for uncertainty or fear. Go slowly. Eventually, he will see you, though not through his eyes. He'll see you as the one who would never hurt him or cause him harm. As the protector :)

Everyone in your life is meant to
be in your journey, but not all of
them are meant to stay till the end.
Endiku is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 07-06-2012, 07:10 PM
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 6,672
• Horses: 12
Horses actually remember by scent, not by sight. To horses, we all look the same, but we all smell different. That's how they sense predators in the wild; they don't have to see them, they smell them before.
Once he associates your smell with pleasent things, you'll go a long way.

I'm assuming your rescue knows what they are doing, but blind horses do have to have a very controlled envrioment as they can't see. One of the things I've found best is putting a ring of gravel around any obstacles in the pasture (Ex. if there is a tree, but a ring of gravel (or some other substance but gravel works best) about a foot around, same with the fence line, etc) so that they know when their feet touches that, there is something ahead.
Although he can smell and hear you, I would never walk up behind him and touch him without speaking (you shouldn't do this anyway, but I'm guilty as charged in my own pasture with horses I've known forever - One of these days it's more then possible I could spook one and get a boot for it).
As Endiku said, talking helps him to keep your location and is often very soothing for horses, especially those who can't see.

Whispering Secret Arabians
Registered Solid and Sabino Arabians
WSArabians is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 07-08-2012, 10:14 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: UK
Posts: 2,061
• Horses: 1
When considering the challenges presented by training a blind horse to ride, I feel that there is no reason why a rider/trainer might not eventually succeed.

A horse 'sees' with the other senses and does not quite rely on sight as we humans. They have a highly developed sense of smell and excellent hearing. They may even have senses which we humans do not. In theory a blind horse can enjoy life.

Initially a handler must read up on and then work on work in hand. Touch, sound, routine, familiarity and communication will be the key tools to success.

With may be years of training and companionship, there should be no reason why a pair of rider and blind horse should not canter down a broad level path along a woodland trail.

The big question is whether the rider/trainer can invoke a level of trust by the horse in its rider. That the horse currently trusts an 'innocent' child comes as no surprise to me.

What a project! Thankfully, there are not that many blind horses to work with.
xxBarry Godden is offline  

Quick Reply

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


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

Email Address:


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.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Blind baby northernromance Horse Health 3 05-26-2012 09:46 PM
Other Eye Going Blind? Gizmo Horse Health 2 03-21-2011 03:46 PM
Blind? ShutUpJoe Horse Health 63 02-05-2011 07:20 PM
Blind in one eye Draven Horse Health 5 03-17-2009 04:47 PM
Is he blind? farmpony84 Horse Health 5 02-02-2009 03:08 PM

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