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post #1 of 32 Old 06-08-2012, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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I think I found the one, but...

My daughter is 4. We have always planned on getting her a small horse/pony but have been waiting on her to show interest. Finally, she's wanting to ride, groom, and feed our "big" horses and she wants one that's her size. We've been looking, have gone and tried a few out, and I think I found "the one" today. She is a sweet, sweet, sweet little grade pony mare. She isn't so small that I couldn't get on her and ride if I needed or had to (I'm 5'4") and she isn't so big that my little girl is intimidated. She's older, the lady doesn't know her exact age (around 20) but she is very healthy and fit. The problem? She's blind in one eye.

The lady that has her lives about 3 miles down the road from me. I've always admired her horses, she shows minis and paints and they are all just beautiful and well mannered. She's older and has decided to thin her herd since it's getting harder for her to care for everyone, she has over 100 horses on 300 acres. I have actually seen this pony in the pasture before and had no clue she was older because she looks young. I've always liked her look, she's a deep blue roan and just cute as can be, very slender and dainty, not fat and with the poofy mane most seem to have. When I heard she was cutting back I stopped by just to ask about that pony and was so excited to hear she was kid safe and for sale, then she told me about her eye. I know one eyed horses do very well and can function and ride just fine, but would this be a good choice for a young child? We don't plan on letting her ride alone ever...it will always be on a lunge line or in a round pen until her skills sharpen...and she will never be alone with her loose or tied since she still is learning how to act around horses. Anyone have one eyed horses that can maybe offer a little insight or advice? I'd love to have her, but I want what would be best for my daugther also.
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post #2 of 32 Old 06-09-2012, 12:41 AM
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I have a soft spot for one eyes horses. At one point we had four. A broodmare, a breeding stallion, a lesson horse, and the kids' pony. If they are sweet, they are sweet. If she is the one do not let this stop you. My advice is to not sneak around her, be aware of what side you are on, and talk to her. Our broodmare knew you were there, but I always thought it was a coutesy to tell her I was coming. It was so funny watching her last foal take advantage of her blind side to sneak away. Boy, did he get in trouble!

The pony is the same way. He is a crabby thing, but not defensive on the blind side so long as he knows we are there.

The stud... well he was old. No problems on his blind side. Was easy to work around, though not much was ever asked of him.

The lesson horse, again. No problems. He had some sight, enough to be allowed to show, but he's a wonderful horse.

If she is comfortable with her disability and is comfortable with you, and you are comfortable with her, you should have no problems.
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post #3 of 32 Old 06-09-2012, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Well, that's good enough for me! I love her and I want her. Now I just have to wait until hubby gets home and convince her she's the one, too. :)
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Don't turn her down just because she has one eye!

I recently rescued a one eyed pony (drunk driver hit the horse trailer while she was in it, then owners dumped her at barn and disappeared) I got her and she hadn't been ridden or basically touched in 1.5+ years. She is literally one of the best horses I've ever ridden. She does have a bad club hoof that limits what we can/can't do and a touch of arthritis but she's great. I would say go for it. Horses with one eye tend to bond stronger to there human because they deped on you to be there other eye when they can't see. Good luck! Let us know how it goes please.

ETA- I always talk to her when I'm on her bad side as well. It's second nature now because while she's basically a bombproof beginners pony she sometimes will get startled on the ground if you sneak up on her bad side. I've seem her spook under saddle only once becuse someone snuck up on her bad side and she didn't know. Otherwise, she's practically bombproof.

Http://www.horseforum.com/horse-talk/updates-flopsy-pictures-117174/page13/#post1538788
For what it's worth, I gave you the link to my thread from when I got my mare up until now,,,use it to educate yourself or just to see how great these one eyed ponies really are!!! :) good luck!
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post #5 of 32 Old 06-09-2012, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I will read that. I'm comfortable taking on a one eyed pony, but I have no experience with them. I know several people with one eyed horses, but none have children. That was my biggest concern, being around a small child. Honestly, it will be me doing with her the majority of the time anyway because, well, isn't that what moms do? LOL I'm so hoping the hubby likes her as much as I do, we'll find out Wednesday when he gets home. He jokes that I'm "starstruck" when it comes to anything equine and I generally get an eyeroll when I talk about liking something, but I'm not naive to what is best for a situation.
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The first horse who I ever loved was a blind paso, and we got on just fine. As the others have said, don't let the eye put you off - a good child's pony is hard to come by. There are plenty of ponies out there, but to get one that suits is like finding a needle in a haystack. Our pony is a sweetie, but I wouldn't trust him off the lead line. If you have found a good one, one that will babysit for you, jump on it and don't let it go :)

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Just make sure your daughter knows she is blind in one eye and to try to approach the pony on the side she can see on, or at least talk softly when approaching the blind side.

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I definitely think you should go for the pony, especially if she is a good fit. Heck you could even use the blind eye as a way to teach your daughter a better horsewoman! Since you aren't supposed to sneak up on horses anyway, what better way to teach your daugher to be safer around horses than to teach her with a one eyed pony? Since she will have to learn to let the pony know where she is on that blind side she will grow up taking that habit with her to other horses and she will be much safer around the horses as she grows :) good luck with the pony and I second LadyDreamer about the pictures!!!

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