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post #1 of 6 Old 10-21-2012, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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My Appaloosas are night blind

I make sure I put them in their stalls at night with a low light on. I really figured it out when I went to feed them one night and Phar Lap walked smack into Shadow and scared them both. Does anybody else deal with night blindness with their horse?
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-21-2012, 08:29 AM
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A lady on my local forum adopted an Appaloosa from her local horse rescue.

The vet considers him to be totally blind, although we feel like he can see shadows.

She deals with uveitis in him constantly.

I had no idea Appys are prone to various forms of blindness until she mentioned it on our forum and posted this link.

Hopefully this will give you a heads up and help
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-21-2012, 12:31 PM
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Moon or night blindness in Appaloosas is pretty common. My MILs Appy has it. She sees perfectly well during the day, full sight. But at dusk and full dark she has trouble. It isnt so much that she is actually blind, just that her eyes cannot adjust to little to no light.

Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

Don't look in a horses mouth for a gift.

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They see fine during the day. But if I go and visit them at night I talk so they know I am coming so I don't startle them.

Before I figured it out I rode Phar Lap at night through our little town. After I figured it out it dawned on me how much he trusts me to allow me to ride him without being able to see at night. I was really lucky I didn't have any problems with him spooking or doing something really stupid when I rode him at night. He is my heart horse and he really proved to me that he loves me for doing that and how much he trusts me after everything we have been through. :)

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Thank you for the link! I have read extensively on blindness in Appaloosas but I always like to read more and see what everybody has to say and how they deal with it. :)
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I know a lot of appy's have eye issues, particularly moon blindness. They are prone to flair ups and those can become painful. I would keep an eye on their eyes during the day because without appropriate care the uveitis they are talking about can lead to more painful conditions. The result of which is having the eye enucleated (removed).

Not to blow up your bubble on your horses bond with you. I am sure you both have a great relationship. That said, a lot of horses are less spooky and more trusting when they are loosing their vision. They have to trust their owners/riders because well really they have no other choice. Its part of the reason you can blindfold a scared horse and lead it somewhere. You can ride a blind horse for flat work but I would avoid jumping (that one I thought was obvious but I then I met someone who was really confused on that)

I also know a few people who have guide horses for their blind horse. They put a bell on the companion and the blind horse can follow it around. Its sort of like a blind dog, you may not realize they have no vision until you move the furniture.
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