Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
take your time, short sessions, no tying, reward the smallest give to pressure. Very similar to working with a foal, just a bit bigger. Agree with always starting in a small enclosure.
As for the eye, that's unfortunate, but it really wont effect her much. I worked with a thoroughbred mare this year that was missing an eye. A jockey riding beside her had went to use his crop on his horse and caught her in the eye. She was super sweet, very quiet. Maybe slightly spookier to random noises on her blind side, but if you didn't look at her eye you would never guess she only had one.
I'm working with my own untouched 5 month old and she's doing great:)