Head tossing - eye sight
Hi, everyone. I am going to be fostering a rescue horse and am very excited. She is about 20-22 years old and very sweet. She moves away from pressure, halters, leads, backs, lets you rub her all over, blanket, touch her ears, face, picks up feet, etc.
The issue she is having is she is what we call head shy and tosses her head up whenever she enters a run-in, stall, or has things moving from what I see at her eye to shoulder level, anything up higher. She startles pretty bad sometimes. She will let you rub her face and ears but after she does this head toss. And once she sees what it is or that it's ok she relaxes. I believe this comes from a little cloudy spot she has on her right eye. Obviously, it comes from some kind of eye trauma in the past. She has been vet checked and it is not a cataract just scaring.
Does anyone have good ideas with helping her with this. I believe it is more of a problem because she has that spot in her eye and isn't doing it to be naughty. I was just testing her yesterday while she was eating. I would back off a bit and just kind of swing my arms around like dancing and waving and moved closer to her each time to see where her uncomfortable spot is with the pressure that causes her to throw her head up. Once I did this over and over it didn't bother her at all. It's just the initial few startling times. I guess just working with her and desensitizing her to things higher up, over her head, backs, bouncing balls, etc.
I will be trying to riding her, but not until I am sure she is good with her ground cues an commands and lots of ground work, but this head tossing because of her vision worries me a bit getting under saddle though I know there are horses that are blind or partially blind that right just fine with lots of trusting their owner.
What do you guys think. Sorry this is long. I wanted to give the info that I knew about her.