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    06-25-2013, 08:21 PM
Blind horses

I just watched a video of a girl and her blind horse, and they were still doing everything together-running, jumping, trail riding, negotiating was truly inspiring. It made me realize that if your horse ever went blind, like hers did, you could definitely still make it work. I just don't know how she did it. How can you gain a horse's trust that much when they're blind to where they'll still let you do just about anything with them?
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    06-25-2013, 08:41 PM
I have a mare now who will do - nearly - everything I ask of her. We just recently switched barns and it really showed how much she trusted me. She's never crossed a bridge - stepped on their shaky wooden bridge and followed me over no problem. Followed me up the huge hill to the barn. Followed me into the tack room LOL. Kid you not this mare walked INTO the doorway and stood next to me while I grabbed my tack. It wasn't intentional, but it didn't bother her at all. Even the small "booms" her hooves made as she walked in.

So I can definitely see it as possible once the horse adjusts to being blind & already has a pre-existing relationship with the horse. Not saying it can't be done in a new relationship either... I knew a woman who competed frequently in upper level Dressage with a WB who only had one eye.
    06-25-2013, 08:47 PM
I knew a woman with a leopard appaloosa stud that went completely blind in both eyes- he was in his late twenties but would not spook at anything and would do anything you asked-- he definitely learned to trust the person on his back-- you didnt 'ride' that horse you were guiding him-- he knew the property but still.

It was a neat experience- he was an awesome horse!
    06-26-2013, 08:41 PM
My barrel horse went blind I could still run barrels and take him on trails its mostly a trust and bond thing he just had to know you weren't going to let anything hurt him I could hand him over to anyone I trusted and he was fine. Also with getting him in a trailer with no ramp he knew if I said step it wasn't that high of a step but if I said step up he knew it was high and the tone of my voice if I got louder it was an even higher step and training him that way was easy. Id say the word and pick up his foot to the height I wanted him to learn

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