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    02-15-2014, 04:02 PM
  #11
Yearling
Blind boy will be ten times harder than training a full sighted horse, just be prepared for that.

My good friend rescued a very big ex racehorse with degenerative cataracts in one eye. That horse tried his heart out for his handlers- was a really sweet gelding and even so he took so much more time to retrain due to the blindness. He'd almost act ashamed after spooking (usually after being directed to the left, same as his bad eye) it took years of consistent, clear handling and work to get him calmly going in both directions in different sorts of circumstances.

Just stay safe and don't be afraid to ask for help from your trainer.
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    02-15-2014, 04:10 PM
  #12
Weanling
My problem is, I won't have a trainer. I'll have all the time I need because he isn't ever going to race, never has, he lost his eyes as a foal. And because it won't cost them I think they'll be okay with it. He was bred for racing and was sent off to be backed just as a fun ride, he didn't even n attempt to do anything, just came to the conclusion from the ground work. I will say he's the first horse that I will be doing ground work with a hat on. I'm not even going to try and back him for a few months because he's nuts, so hoping some ground work will stimulate his brain a little.

Will try and stay as safe as possible with him too :)
     
    02-15-2014, 04:18 PM
  #13
Weanling
I have worked with a horse that we think was partially sighted once because he was very nervous on the right side. Took me hours of just standing in his shape on that side of him for him to let me eventually get close enough to touch him. I'm very patient with nervous horses. Not so much with my mate because the more patient you are with her the worse she gets, but I realise he will be a challenge (if I'm allowed to) but he clearly needs to be worked as he is kept on a racing diet but doesn't do anything.
     
    02-15-2014, 06:22 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I've ridden three horses that were missing one of their eyes.

Two were already seasoned mounts when they lost the sight on the one side. Very little difference for them. One wanted to crane her neck around and check things out more than the other. The gelding that I'm thinking of, just goes with whatever we ask.

The third, lost his eye to an accident as a late two-year old, before he had been backed. There was a difference in cuing to his blind side (right) as he learned to respond to neck reining. He was always a couple weeks behind with everything to that direction.

Working cattle is a bit funny with him. If the animal gets in his "blind" spot, he tends to think they are gone and you can tell he is not thinking about where the cow is. Then when they pop back into his field of vision, he used to startle, but now still seems a bit surprised. His owner is starting to rope on him. I think selling him to a lefty would be easier, but she'll get it done.

Good luck.
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    02-15-2014, 06:30 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by madyasmkey    
My problem is, I won't have a trainer. I'll have all the time I need because he isn't ever going to race, never has, he lost his eyes as a foal. And because it won't cost them I think they'll be okay with it. He was bred for racing and was sent off to be backed just as a fun ride, he didn't even n attempt to do anything, just came to the conclusion from the ground work. I will say he's the first horse that I will be doing ground work with a hat on. I'm not even going to try and back him for a few months because he's nuts, so hoping some ground work will stimulate his brain a little.

Will try and stay as safe as possible with him too :)
OP, you keep saying that the horse lost his "eyes" as in plural? Fully blind? That would be a trip..And do you know how it happened? An accident or some sort of infection?
     
    02-15-2014, 06:30 PM
  #16
Weanling
Thanks. I'm hoping he can just be a happy hacker for the owner to enjoy having a rode on.
     
    02-15-2014, 06:31 PM
  #17
Weanling
Sorry, I meant eye. I think he was born with a bad eye so was removed almost instantly. He was a foal when it got removed though
     
    02-15-2014, 06:40 PM
  #18
Yearling
Hmm I wonder how he acted about it as a foal. I guess it is all very subjective to how they are started and handled at a young age, but the handful I've met that were born half blind turned out fine- they were so used to it and didn't have the traumatic experience of losing the sight during their lifetime.

I wish you bunches of good fortune if you end up working with this gelding. It's a very nice thing that you have all the time on your side. Makes the process much less stressful.
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    02-15-2014, 06:47 PM
  #19
Weanling
Thanks, he's copies well being blind, just nervous from what I've been told. He just had way to much energy and potential to be stuck in a field with a horse that refuses to play with him ever.
     
    02-15-2014, 06:49 PM
  #20
Foal
A friend of mine barrel races a horse who is blind. The horse came in from the pasture with obvious damage to his left eye. It took some time to get him rehabilitated but now you would never know!
     

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