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    08-27-2011, 05:26 PM
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Foal
Training the blind horse.

The blind mini I just picked up last wekeend does not lead nor is she too keen on picking up her feet. When you lead her she completely braces herself and leans back, pulls, rears and sometimes falling back. I have not attempted to tie her yet although she did do very well standing not tied when I body clipped her last Sunday. She tries to run away, kicking when you pick her feet up. She gets very nervous. I have been able to pick them up for very short periods of time with alittle luck. Keeping it short and simple and putting them down before a fight ensues. We actually had to lay her down on her side to trim her on Thursday. Which she was a very good patient! She wasnt even held down. But I don't want to have to do that every time the farrier comes out. Has anyone trained a blind horse to lead or stand for the farrier? Anyone ever clicker trained a blind horse? Any help would be appreciated!
     
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    08-27-2011, 07:23 PM
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Green Broke
I have a blind horse, but he wasn't blind when I got him (chronic uvitus*, nothing we could do to save his vision). He's very fearful of everything.. Since he can't see.

I think that's how your mini is feeling. Be very calm, don't get mad at her. She's scared. Don't force her to lead. Get her used to you, have her trust you. Desensitize. Have someone hold her while you touch all over her body. Use calming words, and especially touch around her around her legs/hooves. Work in short sessions throughout the day. Treat her like a foal; a sponge. A sponge who doesn't know anything but to be a horse. A sponge that gets bored, frustrated, or scared, just as you would.

I hope you both can work though this!
     

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