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    02-14-2014, 11:36 AM
  #1
Weanling
Half blind horse

So I'm moving yards on Monday, and at that hard they have a young horse with 1 eye missing. He was sent off to a racing trainer and he said that it couldn't be backed without being beaten. I'm really hoping I can get a chance to work with him and get the chance to back him because he doesn't enjoy Not doing anything and has no horse to play with in the field. The only horse he shares with is a moody old horse that doesn't want to play. I think if he can have some of his energy gone if he can be ridden he'll be much happier.

Does anyone have any tips on working with a half blind horse?
     
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    02-14-2014, 12:56 PM
  #2
Super Moderator
Hold your horses - as far as I understand, nobody has offered you to work with this horse, right? I once got extremely peeved when I found a teenager boasting online about how she'd get to ride my horse and how she'd eventually buy him off me. ;)

Horses do perfectly fine without riding and their idea of fun isn't getting somebody to sit on their backs. Besides, if, by chance, this horse has really experienced violence in the process of backing, and has succeeded avoiding said process, he would be clearly too much of a horse for a novice rider.
     
    02-14-2014, 12:59 PM
  #3
Foal
I trained a horse that was almost blind in one eye, so, not totally the same. This horse would get very flustered when asked to turn in the direction of the bad eye..she would rear and buck a bit. So they brought her to me.

What I had to do was spend a lot of time(about 5 times my normal) on the ground with her to gain her confidence. When I was first working with her, she would not lunge, or even change direction on her bad side. So, I took it real slow, and used alot of voice commands, and constantly reassured her with my voice.

Then I just slowly progressed her into the saddle(she had been ridden prior, but with the above issues), I only rode her in the round pen for the first 5 or so rides, using voice commands and assurances when turning to her bad side. It took about 3 rides for her to start relaxing when I asked for her to move to her bad side. I think the voice commands and assurances helped her understand that I wasn't going to ask her to go toward "danger", and that she could trust me.

I then took her into the arena, she hadn't been in there before, so I had her walk in circles in the middle of the arena in both directions(so she could get a look at what it was all about from her good side going both ways). She was still a bit nervous for about the first 10 minutes, but gradually became better. I rode her for 6 more rides(maybe 5 or 7 - don't quite remember) in the arena, where I discovered when she did get nervous and buggery, I had to turn her so the her good eye was to the outside - which meant I had to turn her toward her bad side...this bothered her for the first few times. So, I worked on that constantly - had a tarp on the fence, put up a flag, etc. until she would one-rein stop without issue going to her bad side.

The first few rides out were not the greatest, but we took it slow and when she got nervous I just turned her in a tight circle and made her work and keep focus on me--while constantly assuring her with my voice.

I just progressed her from there. She will never be a solid trail horse, but her owner just wanted to ride around their place on her, so I took her there and rode her a few times to show her the sights...she is still going well, I think. They haven't asked me to come over and help her anymore.
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    02-14-2014, 01:01 PM
  #4
Foal
To add -- I used a d-ring snaffle on this horse to keep the cues very easy for her to follow. I wouldn't ride a one-eyed, untrained horse without a bit...
     
    02-14-2014, 01:51 PM
  #5
Weanling
Thanks. That's really useful. I've got as long as I want to spend with this horse if they'll let me work with him, but I'm really hopeful.

And no, they haven't asked me, but I'm going to ask them. I know horses can live happily without work but he had the same routine as the horse horses and he's clearly not as happy about it as them. I'm hoping I might be able to have him share with my mare too, I think she misses not having a young horse to play with.
     
    02-14-2014, 01:52 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Saranda    
Hold your horses - as far as I understand, nobody has offered you to work with this horse, right? I once got extremely peeved when I found a teenager boasting online about how she'd get to ride my horse and how she'd eventually buy him off me. ;)

Horses do perfectly fine without riding and their idea of fun isn't getting somebody to sit on their backs. Besides, if, by chance, this horse has really experienced violence in the process of backing, and has succeeded avoiding said process, he would be clearly too much of a horse for a novice rider.
And also, the trainer didn't beat him, he said that's what it'd take to get him backed.
     
    02-14-2014, 02:06 PM
  #7
Super Moderator
Then it's not a very good trainer you have there.
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    02-14-2014, 02:35 PM
  #8
Weanling
Not my trainer. A racehorse trainer. This horse was bred to be raced and then when he lost his eyes quite young he couldn't, the owner sent him to be backed anyway and when the trainer told her she took him back.
     
    02-15-2014, 02:51 PM
  #9
Started
Have you ever successfully trained, restarted, or "fixed" a horse with two eyes?
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    02-15-2014, 04:32 PM
  #10
Weanling
Yeah. I've done about 3, not many I know but they'd all been taught to throw their riders. I have a video of me working with one of them, bitless on youtube. She was a show jumper that had to stop because she got abused and wouldn't accept a saddle, bridle or rider. I took every opportunity to get on her when I thought she was relaxed enough for me to do so. When anyone ever tried to get on her out was always crowded and all about boxing her in. Didn't help she had to be forced to take the saddle. Within 2 hours I had her accepting the saddle, bridle and rider. So I left it there. The other two I had help and was taught how to do it. Patches was my first one completely on my own.
     

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