I think I found the one, but... - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
 13Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 32 Old 06-09-2012, 06:16 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Illinois
Posts: 204
• Horses: 2
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. =)
horseandme is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 32 Old 06-09-2012, 06:33 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 7,562
• Horses: 2
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! :)

Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzaner gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat

Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat

~
Rest peacefully, Lacey.
Wallaby is offline  
post #13 of 32 Old 06-09-2012, 08:25 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
Posts: 6,324
• Horses: 2
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.
Good Luck!

You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!!
What do you mean what do I mean?

Last edited by FlyGap; 06-09-2012 at 08:30 PM.
FlyGap is offline  
post #14 of 32 Old 06-09-2012, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 332
• Horses: 3
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.
FlyGap and Failbhe like this.
mtngrl7500 is offline  
post #15 of 32 Old 06-09-2012, 10:24 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
Posts: 1,651
• Horses: 3
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.

~ When I Die, Remember Me By My Horses ~
* Because They Are Responsible *
.: For Letting Me Live :. (c) xJumperx
xJumperx is offline  
post #16 of 32 Old 06-09-2012, 11:30 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 641
• Horses: 3
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.
Wallaby, Ladytrails and FlyGap like this.
Failbhe is offline  
post #17 of 32 Old 06-10-2012, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 332
• Horses: 3
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.
FlyGap likes this.
mtngrl7500 is offline  
post #18 of 32 Old 06-10-2012, 04:28 AM
Started
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 2,266
• Horses: 1
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.

PITT BULLS ARE NOT THE ENEMY. WE ARE THE ENEMY. Shorty Rossi
sandy2u1 is offline  
post #19 of 32 Old 06-10-2012, 01:39 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
Posts: 6,324
• Horses: 2
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!

Best of luck!

You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!!
What do you mean what do I mean?
FlyGap is offline  
post #20 of 32 Old 06-15-2012, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 332
• Horses: 3
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*
FlyGap and Failbhe like this.
mtngrl7500 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

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

Password:


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

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









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
Found THE one... but can't have him :[ horseluver50 Horse Talk 5 01-04-2012 06:08 AM
We 'found' her themacpack Horse Talk 4 07-24-2011 01:54 PM
OMG someone found it :) RedTree Horse Talk 4 09-03-2010 04:23 AM
i just found out........ morganshow11 Horse Talk 3 03-13-2009 03:28 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