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    04-07-2009, 04:19 PM
Have a question on filly keeping me in her left eye....

Ok, I started my ground work on my Appaloosa filly, Indy. She is the same age as Fancy, a 3 y/o and basically had same start as Fancy.

Ok, when I started working with Indy today (on her left side) on desensitizing with the stick and string, she was a little more spooked at first. She settled down and I was comfortable to move on to being directly in front of her, still desensitizing. She was fine with that as well. As soon as I moved to her right side, she kept disengaging her hind quarters and tried to push past me putting me on her left again. Once I got her to stop trying to push past me she kept her head turned so she could keep 2 eyes on me. I finally got her to stand still, but she kept her head turned to the right so she had both eyes on me the entire time I was working on desensitizing on her right side. What am I doing wrong? How can I get her to relax with her seeing me just in her right eye? Or is she just not confident with me being on her right side??

Now if I am grooming her, or just walking or beside her on her right she is perfectly fine looking at me just with her right eye. I need your help to figure this out, I not to sure what to do.
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    04-07-2009, 04:22 PM
Have you ever handled her from the off side before?

Have you had her eyes checked? She may not see as well out of her right eye.
    04-07-2009, 04:33 PM
It's pretty normal for horse's to guard one side of their body. We usually do or start everything on the left side. If you feel her eye sight is fine, just keep working at it.

You have to "train" both sides of the horse, just because it works on the left doesn't mean it's going to be okay on the right. Give her time, she'll get it.
    04-07-2009, 05:15 PM
I prety much do all of my handling from the left side when it comes to leading, saddling, bridleing etc.

She seems to see just fine seeing out that eye, she not excessivly spooky or anything on her right. When I was done with her session I even led her up to her pen on her right just to get her used to me on that side. She would try and duck behind me and go back over to my right but she didnt get that far.

Other then spending a little more time working with her on the right side, is there anything special that I need to do, or any particular exercise that would help?
    04-07-2009, 05:17 PM
Also forgot to ask, while doing her desensitizing, is it ok for her to keep 2 eyes on me while I am on her right side? Or do I need to start now and encourage her to keep her head looking forward??
    04-07-2009, 05:20 PM
Well I guess just to rule it out, the next time the vet is there have her eye looked at. Other than that it's really just time.

Try doing things on the right more often or start on that side. It's called the "off" side for a reason.....LOL it's awkward for us as well as we get so used to doing everything from the left. Just keep at it and when leading or saddling insist that this is the way it's going to be. Your doing everything right, just keep at it. Some guard that side more than others.
    04-07-2009, 05:34 PM
Ok will do just that, thanks for the help!! I appreciate it, alot.
    04-07-2009, 05:44 PM
I agree with Gand K's mom.. you have to do things equally on both sides comfortably before you move on. When I was training my filly I taught her that no matter what i'm doing to what side its' ok. I can lead,tack up, mount dismount from what ever side but it took alot of consistent training. So just keep plugging away. You'll get there
    04-07-2009, 05:57 PM
Horses eyes are connected to the side of the brain that the eye is on. That is why horses are totally different on each side. Most horses have a "good side and bad side." I know what you mean about your situation, I have worked with many horses that did the exact same thing. If it is really concerning you, I would get the eyes checked. My mustang was blind for years in one eye and I noticed her doing the same thing. Keep working with her and if you think something is wrong, get her eyes checked. I was really surprised when I found out that my horse had been blind in one eye the whole time I had been working with her!
    04-07-2009, 09:25 PM
Green Broke
Yes sometimes it can be a surprise that a horse is blind or sight challenged in an eye because of how adaptable they are.

Walka is very "one sided" and I often have to remind myself to "rock his world" and work him from his right side, hate it that he does. Yes he tries to position himself so I'm on his left side again but with perseverance we get it together.

I actually like to have "two eyes" on me when he stands still . He's not jumpy on either side, just prefers me on his left.

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