One-Eyed Mini Training - help?

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    11-18-2009, 11:05 AM
One-Eyed Mini Training - help?

I have a young miniature horse from a rescue society. She had many issues when we first got her, to the point where you couldn't catch her or touch her at all. Now she is extremely friendly and ties, grooms, leads, backs, picks up feet, and yields to pressure on the shoulders and hind (still working on it.) I've started her with some (very very) easy longing because I want to put her in a little cart will be pretty adorable. :) 2 problems though...

Minor...I can get her to whoa in the round pen, but she always turns inwards to face me.

Less minor...she was born with a defect, and only can see in the left eye. I don't want to exercise her in one direction only, especially not in a small round pen. But obviously circle exercises aren't going to work for the other direction.

She IS very smart, and picks up on things quickly. What can I do with her?
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    11-18-2009, 11:37 AM
My friend's mini lost his eye due to glaucoma. He is her drill team horse and he's done combined driving, all very well!

I also used to exercise a QH for a girl who jumped with only one eye.

So I'd just treat her like any horse, keeping in mind that you might startle her easier on her blind side, and loosing an eye comprimises their depth perception.
    11-18-2009, 12:19 PM
I have had a horse whose eye was removed; she coped fine and learnt to jump after the eye went. One thing I did find was that it helped to hold the rein slightly higher on the sightless side. Later on tho,i didnt have to do that as she adjusted. When you say longeing her do you mean lunging her in a circle or long reining her from behind ( one of those funny differences between the u.s.a. And you.k. Use of the same language!) if it is longreining her then the trick I mentioned with the rein might work, and keep it slightly shorter too, so she can't turn in. If its lunging I think you could use the position of the whip to keep her head turned out. Or if you are just starting out with her, I would have an assistant ready to go to her head, in either scenario, just til she understands how you want her to do things.
    11-18-2009, 12:41 PM
You can lunge her both ways :) I had to work on training a one-eyed horse to do it. It take s a lot more tlaking to her adn maybe even rythmically swinging the whipe on her butt (not to hit her but to let her know that she is going and should continue to do so) voice commands are a wonderful help with this as well.

Good luck, and have fun.
    11-18-2009, 12:48 PM
Yes, agree to that- I constantly talked to my one eyed girlie, even more than I talk normally! The best aid there is!
    11-19-2009, 12:13 PM
I have a mini mare who is blind in one eye and I still longe her both ways and do everything I would do with a big horse or full sighted. It's all about trust though so work on your trust with her and she will understand that whatever you ask her to do, you won't point her at a tree or ravine and she will gladly do what is asked. But also with my mini mare, while longing sometimes she will turn her head and run, therefor being able to see with her good eye if she is extra nervous and I don't reprimand her for it because I know what she is doing. So you can do whatever you'd do with a seeing horse, just keep in mind, there will be some exceptions.

Also good for you for rescuing that lil girl! If we had a mini rescue around my place, I'd end up adopting them all hahahaha
    11-19-2009, 06:17 PM
I have a mare that is bling in one eye due to glaucoma and I lunge her both directions. She does keep her head turned more slightly so that she can see where she is going. It can be done but you must build up a trust with this mare.

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