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post #11 of 32 Old 06-09-2012, 06:16 PM
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At my farm, a lady boards her horse and he is completely blind in one eye. He is no diffrent, just fatter haha. Just make sure she makes noise when she is on that side so he knows she is there. They are like people with one eye. =)
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post #12 of 32 Old 06-09-2012, 06:33 PM
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I use my mare, who's 80% blind overall (she has about 5% vision in one eye and maybe 15% in the other), to teach lessons to children and she's a dream.
Her only issues are that when she gets scared, her natural impulse is to get really looky but since she can't see too well, being looky often scares her more. BUT she's extremely bonded to me so if I make myself known and talk soothingly to her, she calms right down. She's also not easily scared which is a bonus. :)

Anyway, I think that if the horse trusts you/the person working with her, you guys will be fine. I do find, with my mare, that if she's with someone she doesn't totally trust (a small child just learning, an adult she's not familiar with, etc) she really tunes into to me - the person she does trust - and she often won't ride well for the other person because she's focused on where I am. she performs better and better as she becomes familiar with her rider but to start, she's a hard ride.

I bet though that this pony will be fantastic. And like someone else said, what better way to teach your daughter to be careful around and care for horses than with an older, one-eyed pony! :)

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post #13 of 32 Old 06-09-2012, 08:25 PM
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Mmmm, I hate to be the downer here...
But for my first kid's pony/horse I would get one that is as NEAR PERFECT as possible.
We got our daughter her first pony when she was 5. Picture perfect, dead broke, 12hh, around 15 years old, was told she had been ridden by autistic children and even showed photos. Got her home and started noticing that her right eye was starting to get cloudy, along with other SERIOUS issues. We had been duped. She WAS dead broke but she had been injured by a larger horse and I believe that they knew it and just wanted rid of her.
So there I was with a half blind pony and 5 year old kid, both I had to train/re-train. Rosie was just too unpredictable for me to trust WITH MY 5 YEAR OLD. She never actually spooked but she would spin suddenly or throw out a few kicks if something loud happened on her blind side. This horse WAS A DOLL, but I just couldn't keep her and trust her not to accidentally hurt my kid. She didn't have a bad bone in her body. My daughter was awesome with her, a 5 year old couldn't have been better/wiser with a needy horse. Unfortunately there is wind, spooky grass, whatever, and we wanted her to be able to follow us on the trails on our property, couldn't happen. Even for leadline rides there were a couple moments when she'd jump and I just couldn't protect them from all the unpredictable things that happen on a farm.
(all in all I think we had a total of 4 very minor incidents in over a year, but that was way to much for me)

We found Rosie a great retirement home, she's living it up with another retired pony that looks identical to her. My daughter now has a new horse that's a bit much for her alone out but in the pen/yard and on a line he's AMAZING!

Sure she could be fine, and I know things happen regardless... But REALLY think about whether or not you want to take the ADDITIONAL risk.
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post #14 of 32 Old 06-09-2012, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Being the downer is fine...I want pros, cons, and any experiences. If we do decide to get her the lady has said that she will let her come stay at our place to try her out, to make sure she's a good fit. That makes me a little more comfortable, knowing I can just say it's not going to work and take her back. Plus, not only is she a neighbor but my husband's sister used to exercise her paints years ago, so we know her and she knows us. From my experience with her, she seems to be "good people" and I'd rather buy from someone I know. Even if that pony doesn't work out, she has a large mini that we may try as well, but she just didn't speak to me like the pony did.
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We have had so many little kids on Oats - our one eyed old man. Literally from 2 years up. We've never had a problem. Just stand to one side (doesn't matter which) hold the kid up, and ride right along! We obviously lead them, though ;) We've also had older kids on him and just let them go. Used a halter and a saddle and just let them ride, with a little instruction ;) He's never had a problem with his eyes, no matter the age.

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FlyGap - I absolutely understand what you're saying, that you want to be as certain as possible that your children are not going to be endangered by a horse that has vision problems. I am not trying to sound contradictory but I'm just wondering - with the pony that you had, was it was just losing it's vision for the first time?

Losing a sense that the horse has always had would be terrifying and extremely difficult to adjust to, but if this pony has been blind in the eye for quite some time I feel it's a different story. Does the current owner know when she lost her sight? That's one thing I would consider asking, if this has been her condition for a long time or if it's recent.
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She told me that she's been blind in that eye since she's had her, and that she's had her around 15 years. She doesn't know how she injured it and the person she got her from didn't know. Regardless, it's been that way for many years.
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If it were me, I'd want to see how she reacts when startled on that blind side. I am glad that you are teaching your daughter how to behave, but let's face it, at four there is a good chance that she won't exactly always follow the rules. I would want to know what happens when an excited, squeeing four year old goes running up to her on her blind side. I am worried that the pony will kick out. If your daughter was older, I'd say don't worry, that will be a great lesson horse. For such a young child, I'm just not so sure.

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You are right, she was just loosing her sight hence less time to get used to it.
Those were just things I had to deal with, and could happen with any horse, just a heartbreaker and there was always the constant worry. Rosie really was great dealing with her sight loss, there were just those moments...

Mtn, I think she sounds better after knowing she's been that way for a long time. Also bonus you can take her back if it doesn't work out! I'd give it a try. I 100% agree with Sandy2u1, but Rosie "did" teach my daughter to be super careful around horses and gave her a little glue butt with the tiny rodeos! So just be careful, of course you will, and I hope it all goes well!

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post #20 of 32 Old 06-15-2012, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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So, slight update, we're going to look at her horses/ponies in the morning. The hubby says he's buying something because she has 43 for sale and there HAS to be one that will suit us. Be sending good thoughts that it's sweet Hannah, the one I'm wanting. When I told him about the blind eye he was a little funny, but I showed him this thread and he said that we would just see how it went. *fingers crossed*
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