01-06-2009, 10:40 PM
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I worked at a rescue shelter that took in a throughbred mare that had lost an eye in a trailering accident. She was brought to us panicy and very frightened and it took quite a long time before anyone could get near her let alone touch her. I'd like to congratulate you for taking the time to want to work with a horse with such a severe handicap because they really do deserve all the love any other horse does.
You are a huge step ahead of where we were, because she already trusts you and will walk up to you. The first you you need to remember is that her field of vision is less than 1/2 of what it should be. So she is liable to start more than other horses at flickers of movement or touch, so always approach her on her sighted side and speak to her. Touch her where she can see you and slide your hand around to her blind side so she can feel the preasure. When working on the blind side, talk to her, alot. Ongoing conversations are good, so she doesn't forget you're there.
Her other senses, like those of a human, will improve, and you'll notice she's the first one to recognize visitors to the barn or pasture.
Our Stable owner rides that 1/2 blind mare now, and its a real posibility for you. If the horse trusts you to see what she can't and you trust her when she puts a foot down or stops at a sound. Start slow, move slower than you would with a normal horse, and remember trust is 100x more important.