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    11-05-2013, 07:47 AM
Blind Horses

If you have/had or know a blind horse what are some of the crazier things you've done with them? Or, what have you seen them do?

I jump my blind horse Reggie without a saddle or bridle, though I'm doing that less and less. That's mostly because neither of us are as young as we used to be, he's going on ten now. I know that's not very old for a horse but I want to start toning down on the jumping. Though I still gallop him without a saddle.
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    11-05-2013, 07:58 AM
Why would you jump a blind horse or do crazy things with it? That sounds mean to me.
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    11-05-2013, 08:11 AM
I never though about doing jumping either, it was Reggie's idea. There was one day, shortly after he became blind, when we came across a small tree across our path. I made a chirping sound, which I didn't realize until later was something I had done when we were jumping (when he could see). Despite me telling him to turn he popped over the fence. Now we have a system going on, mostly our version of jumping is two poles laying on the ground. Its all about trust. Some horses are content to become pasture ornaments while others go on to do great things, even without sight. Reggie would go insane if he was left out in the pasture.
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    11-05-2013, 08:20 AM
I never said make all blind horses a pasture pet, but when he falls and gets hurt or scared that will be your fault.
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    11-05-2013, 08:32 AM
I think the trust is obviously there on both sides or he'd simply refuse to jump!
If any animal gets hurt it's terrible, but not always anyone's fault - sometimes it's just one of those things...........

But if he's secure enough to trust your guidance, i'd say fantastic - there's too many occasions he'd have been pts or end up at the market - at least he has a good life with you x
    11-05-2013, 08:57 AM
@gypsygirl well, I guess it's not your horse, so is not your problem then, is it? Have you ever owned a blind hose or worked with or are you assuming that the become dull creatures once they lose their sight? I assure you they can do everything a normal horse an.
@marchingon Cool! There is a blind horse rescue about ten minutes from my house (google flurries hope rescue) and those horses do everything! They even have one trained eventer that was born blind, and some of the most sure footed trail horses I have ever rode. Just because they can't see doesn't mean they can't be ridden!
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    11-05-2013, 08:58 AM
As I said earlier most of our jumps now consist of two poles laying on the ground. Nothing to big, but he has refused them before.

At the very beginning of him being blind I was told by just about everyone I knew that riding a blind horse is dangerous, they are to unpredictable. After a year or so of practice, it was closer to two years, I invited them to come to a horse show. I entered myself in a novice dressage class, mostly because I wished to prove to the people who told me he was unpredictable just what we are made of. We placed third, it was mostly because I made a mistake. The judge, who I had told that Reggie was blind just in case something did happen, announced to everyone that Reggie was blind as he was clipping the ribbon onto the bridle. We got more applause then the first place winner, who was also clapping. Reggie just stood there like a statue and I could tell that he was getting anxious. Since then we have not been to another show.
    11-05-2013, 09:21 AM

These are just a few clips showing just what blind horses are capable of doing.
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    11-05-2013, 10:01 AM
I never said you can't ride a blind horse. I said its a bad idea to jump and do 'crazy' things on a blind horse.

Yes I know and have ridden blind horses. Honestly, they were both somewhat dangerous to ride.And I would never in a billion years think of jumping one.
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    11-05-2013, 10:55 AM
As long as your horse is willing and capable I say go for it. That is amazing what you are able to do. Good on you for not giving up on him when he went blind. It's amazing what you are able to do! That is an amazing bond and trust you have for each other.

It's not like they are jumping 5 ft. I don't think what she was describing is dangerous at all. Beware condemning that which you do not know.

I only have experience with one blind horse. But he went blind after he was retired from riding so of course I never rode him. He died when he was 42! He was an amazing horse and would call out to his favorite people when we walked by his stall.
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