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post #1 of 4 Old 02-13-2013, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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head shy

Alright so I do have a trainer helping me but I love hearing others opinions and methods.

So the gelding I just bought is getting over a nasty infected/ abscess on his ear and also appears to have had the same side crushed/fractured right below by his eye( eye looks very sunk in and a touch lower then the other side) it doesn't hurt him he loves being scratched and loved on. He is still a touch flinchy when you go to touch certain spots by his ear but will let is poke and prod and rub it for the most part.

The question I have is when I go to lunge him on that side he goes to backing up and not allowing me to his shoulder or past his head. If I make him stop walk to his shoulder/ barrel and then ask he is much more willing to move forward. So I'd love to be able to ask him without having to ask him without having to be right on top of him.

What are your methods? I am taking it slow but definitely not babying him.

So I will repeat just so it isn't suggested I DO have a trainer in fact he is boarded at her place I just want some other options to try out and see what might work.

just a small town girl with a big town dream :]
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-13-2013, 02:22 AM
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Maybe he can't see you? With how his eye is, I wouldn't expect him to see like any other horse. Henny's left eye looks down a little and it definitely affects how he sees. His blind spot is altered and he has to move his head more to be able to see everything. Just a thought, though. He may be just a lazy boy who doesn't like working on that side, but maybe his "handicap" is affecting him more than you think?
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-13-2013, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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The vet checked for vision and hearing impairment when he opened up the abscess as we thought the same thing. He blinks when you move by his eye and he flicks his ears when I talk on that side to him.

N his album the 4th picture shows his eye level difference and how it is lower more sunk in on his left side.

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post #4 of 4 Old 02-13-2013, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Anybody? Im open to any ideas to work through this.

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