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post #1 of 9 Old 03-07-2011, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation One-eyed jumping

I'm getting a Rocky Mountain in April, but he has glaucoma in one eye. I love jumping, but I was wondering if it would be to dangerous to try to jump him.
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-07-2011, 03:09 PM
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It depends on the horse.

Some horses do fine with limited vision and others do not. Not something one can generalize an answer on.

If you really are into jumping why not buy a horse that you know will jump?
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post #3 of 9 Old 03-07-2011, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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It depends on the horse.

Some horses do fine with limited vision and others do not. Not something one can generalize an answer on.

If you really are into jumping why not buy a horse that you know will jump?
Well... I'm not a show jumper, I don't even have an English saddle, but I do have a bareback pad that has English stirrups, so I just do little home made jumps. The lady I'm getting the horse from says he loves to jump, but I don't know if it would be to dangerous or not. P.S I am saving up money to buy English tack.

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It really depends with the horse. There was once a pony at the barn that was fine, he was pretty much blind in one eye bit he could still jump and was totally fine with it. If you are not sure about his jumping skill though, don't spend TOO much money on english tack :)

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post #5 of 9 Old 03-10-2011, 12:43 PM
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Our old schoolmaster only has one eye, the other was removed after an injury. We were worried about him jumping, but he was fine. All we had to do was take a wider turn than normal on his blind side so that he could see the jump. He really did enjoy it, and even took my friend to Nationals, despite many people saying he would never make it.

But like everyone said, it depends on the horse. But if he enjoys it, why not? Just be careful...

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i've known plenty of horses to jump with one eye though like said above it really depends on the horse. there are also blind horses that can be ridden (though not jumped obv) but i did have a friend who's blind horse jumped. in college she noticed her horse started knocking rails and eventually she had a vet look at him since he was sound otherwise. turned out he was losing vision in both eyes and was jumping nearly blind based on her queues alone... amazing horse!

for what you are doing and from the sounds of it the horse already enjoys it so i would think it would be fine. congrats on the new horse and i hope it all works out for you!

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post #7 of 9 Old 03-10-2011, 05:36 PM
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My barn got a horse that was free to good home about 2 years ago. When we got him he hadn't been ridden in 5 years. 3 years before we got him he had to have his left eye removed due to a puncture wound. He is now jumping happily and loves it. Riders really have to be careful about not getting in 2 pt. too early because he jumps when you tell him to since he basically has no depth perception. Also have to be careful when turning to a jump on his blind side.

But like others have said, it would depend on the horse. I'm sure there are partially blind/one eyed horses that would not be ok to jump.
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post #8 of 9 Old 03-12-2011, 11:54 PM
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Depends on horse. But. There is a one-eyed horse eventing at training level that I see quite a bit! He doesn't seem to have a problem! His rider of course takes into consideration his eye when approaching the fences, but otherwise is like all the others!
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-13-2011, 04:51 AM
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I was told of a pony that competed at New Zealands Horse Of the Year in show jumping who was either half blind or fully, I can't remember.
A friend of mine was watching it and went up to ask why the rider was riding with the whip facing the ponys face, just to be told that it was blind and that was its signal for corners etc so it didn't drift or something. It depends on the horse though, he might be fine with it, or might get a fright, who knows... Only one way to find out I guess, but I would wait until he trusted me more if it was me. Good luck :)

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