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post #11 of 14 Old 04-13-2010, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl View Post
idk it kind of makes me sick, i feel bad for the horse....there were two completely blind horses at my barn [one had to be put down] & they are really not that happy. they are super nice horses, dont get me wrong & they do have some happy moments, but horses are prey animals so it can be pretty stressful to not be able to see. just my opinion though
I was IN LOVE with a blind horse years ago. He was a roan looking thing, ugly as sin, his name was Reno. He never spooked. He never had any issues at all. He belonged to a riding stables that eventually gave him away because they decided a blind horse could be a liability. He was happy and content.

I boarded my horse with a blind pony once, It was neat because the pony was never alone. There was always a horse beside it, they looked over it and guided it. The pony never spooked and seemed happy.....

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post #12 of 14 Old 04-13-2010, 01:23 PM
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^^ just my experience, i know 5 horses with no eyes at all & it is really hard on them, especially if they have only recently lost their vision.

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post #14 of 14 Old 04-14-2010, 05:11 PM
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Thanks for sharing that wonderful story. It gives me hope for my girl T. She is slowly losing her eyesight, and from what the vets have said, will adjust beautifully. It is harder on humans than animals. She will except it and adjust. Having Walka with her is comforting to her though. He looks out for anything that might be a concern and she relies on him more. Riding, you would never know she has diminished sight. She had a few stumbles at first, but quickly adjusted to the loss of depth perception. I at first would use a half halt to cue her to the change in terrain. Now, I don't have to do even that.

Don't sell a blind horse short. And don't judge what you think their life is by our standards. They learn their area very well and are quite content and happy. If and when my girl shows me otherwise, then I'll do what is best for her, but I'm not about to jump the gun and assume she's done and put her down. That's just my feelings on it.

I keep thinking of John Lyons stallion Zip, who lost his sight very abruptly. He adjusted so well, and they enjoyed riding for years after. A lot does depend on the temperment of the horse, and in that case, like Zip, T will be fine. She has always been sure and steady. A thinking horse.

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