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    04-14-2012, 11:53 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Outtatheblue, I don't mean to highjack your journal, but you not only have an amzing bond with Reilly now, but one that will continue to grow stronger because of his partial blindness now. Years ago I worked with a mare who went blind in one eye, the bond we had grew stronger than before because she came to rely on me to see on her blind side when we worked together.

It's amazing what feats a blind horse, or any animal, can accomlish if the bond between the team is strong. It's obvious he trusts you a large amount. Keep up the good work.
     
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    04-15-2012, 12:12 AM
  #12
Yearling
Outtatheblue, I understand everything you're explaining, and I know it must be hard. I've never had to go through anything like this, but I was wondering if the other rider had any idea of how Reily's eye had ended up. Your explanations of how you've answered her and what you're thinking are all very balanced and mature. I think if this other rider is a friend that you want to keep, you should probably figure out when and how you can talk to her and get past this. Maybe it's doing something non-horsey so you don't have to talk so much about Reily. Maybe it's sitting down over a Coke to talk about the accident, getting the emotional part out of the way but making sure she understands that you're not mad, just feeling sad for Reily and his beautiful eye. If she thinks you're mad and you don't address that, she may just fade out of your life because it's too awkward.

A few years ago I was riding with my best horsey friend and held a branch back, just like your friend did, and tried to let it go slowly so that it didn't slap my friend. She was close enough that she took it in her face, and there wasn't anything either of us could do. I held on to it too long to try to 'control' it, and that didn't work. Fortunately it wasn't a thorny branch and she wasn't hurt. But hindsight is always 20/20, and sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don't. A well-maintained trail is very important, but it's a lot of work and usually volunteers.

I really admire how you're dealing with all this. When you're ready, I'm sure you'll deal with your friend as well, so that you can fix the awkwardness between you. And, it sounds like Reily is already headed on his way to being a winner for his lessor!
     
    04-15-2012, 12:32 AM
  #13
Green Broke
Aw poor guy! I was givin a mare with one eye..she lost the other when a drunk driver hit the horse trailer she was in. She was a kids short stirrup pony and after her accident was abandoned and left at the barn. She isn't spooky at all I just talk to her alot when I'm on that side so she atleast knows I'm there. Sometimes she gets startled if she doesn't know you are on her bad side. She was out of work for a year just until recently and she has been doing wonderfully. She tends to wander away from the rail on her bad side but is great on the other. Good luck with your boy...I'm sorry for the loss of his eye but it will only make your bonds stronger!!
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    04-15-2012, 10:33 AM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
Outtatheblue, I understand everything you're explaining, and I know it must be hard. I've never had to go through anything like this, but I was wondering if the other rider had any idea of how Reily's eye had ended up. Your explanations of how you've answered her and what you're thinking are all very balanced and mature. I think if this other rider is a friend that you want to keep, you should probably figure out when and how you can talk to her and get past this. Maybe it's doing something non-horsey so you don't have to talk so much about Reily. Maybe it's sitting down over a Coke to talk about the accident, getting the emotional part out of the way but making sure she understands that you're not mad, just feeling sad for Reily and his beautiful eye. If she thinks you're mad and you don't address that, she may just fade out of your life because it's too awkward.

A few years ago I was riding with my best horsey friend and held a branch back, just like your friend did, and tried to let it go slowly so that it didn't slap my friend. She was close enough that she took it in her face, and there wasn't anything either of us could do. I held on to it too long to try to 'control' it, and that didn't work. Fortunately it wasn't a thorny branch and she wasn't hurt. But hindsight is always 20/20, and sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don't. A well-maintained trail is very important, but it's a lot of work and usually volunteers.

I really admire how you're dealing with all this. When you're ready, I'm sure you'll deal with your friend as well, so that you can fix the awkwardness between you. And, it sounds like Reily is already headed on his way to being a winner for his lessor!
She is at the barn, so I still see her almost daily. I think going somewhere else to talk is a good idea.. whenever I see her at the barn I'm dealing with Reily's eye which probably doesn't help that I have to see the bloody weepy eye when I talk to her.

And to be honest.... (I feel terrible for this) for a little bit of time after Reily had to officially loose his eye I DID blame her in my mind for what happened even though I knew that was wrong. I just needed something to blame, something to be angry at... But I quit blaming her as soon as we got back to the barn because I knew that I couldn't ever get over Reily's accident if I was just looking to blame something or someone for it all. I know if I had been riding in front of her that day the roles MIGHT have been reversed.. although a few days after Reily went to the hospital, before Reily got his eye removed, I borrowed a horse and went on a trail with her, she did what you described except without looking back and wham! Branch to my face (and after Reily's accident I was staying a good distance behind other riders) I don't think she realized it then either... I know she is one of the nicest and sweetest people at the barn and I've known her since I bought Reily (in fact so many years ago she took lessons on Reily so I know she really likes him too) I KNOW she wouldn't do ANYTHING to hurt me or Reily and I know she feels terrible about it, which I don't like because she shouldn't feel terrible. It doesn't do anybody or even Reily any good.

Once I get back from my 'vacation' away from Reily's eye for the first time in a month of seeing him every single day, I think I'll be more clear headed and be able to talk to her at the barn then. I want to mention the branch thing to her so hopefully another horse doesn't get hurt (I just really don't think she knows she's doing it) BUT I think that conversation should be saved until after we're back to normal. I hate how awkward it is at the barn when we pass each other :(

To make things even MORE complicated with her though........ I was playing fetch with my dog and the barn dog and her dog was at the barn. Her dog decided to play fetch too (and is a little more on the edge than my dog or even the barn dog... she's gone after the barn dog a few times but she is a SWEET dog and I love her) and ran up to the ball with my dog. My dog takes fetch seriously, and sort of rumbled at her when she got the ball (she rumbles when she plays) and her dog fed off that and went after her, to which my dog responded and went back (I work at a dog kennel so I've learned to read dog language pretty well and find instigators of fights, though to the uneducated eye it would be hard to tell which dog 'started' it) I got them broke up pretty quickly (first time my dogs done anything like that which was disappointing to me, normally she just walks away when a dog goes after her but I think since her ball was there she didn't want to, but that's another thing hah) Afterwords she was sitting with her dog, and her dog wasn't chasing the ball anymore (normal dog behavior she went after my dogs ball my dog said no way, she listened and respected that) and I think she was blaming my dog or something. Either way, after that it got more awkward. I DID get my dog un-possessive about the ball by telling her to 'leave it' when another dog was going for the ball too, or by telling her to stay while other dogs played or even having her bring the ball to other dogs and drop it. And she did awesome. It was just an awkward timing I think and caught us all by surprise.

Ah the crazyness.

To the stories of horses with one eyes, I love hearing that :) I have high hopes for my horse still one eyed or not!
     
    04-15-2012, 10:32 PM
  #15
Weanling
**Pictures are getting more graphic**

Well I made it to vacation today, and not five minutes after I get my suitcases in I get a text message from someone at the barn with a picture of my horse. I'll attach the picture so maybe you all can understand why I panicked when I first saw it.

When I first looked at it I 100% thought he had opened his eye, my greatest fear right now. I was SO worried and just wanted to turn around and go right home.

He did NOT open his eye, no matter how bad it looks. SO according to the vet this is all normal... -sigh- I'm ready to be through this step. I am SO squeamish and I can only put up with all this blood for so much. Only two more days until I'm home and can see my boy again, hopefully he gets to looking a little better by then.



(his face -not eye- is getting cleaned up luckily too, so maybe that will help)
     
    04-16-2012, 12:29 AM
  #16
Yearling
That's enough to make your gut clench at first! Wow! But after you look at it for a sec, it's just messy. Sigh of relief. He's probably itchy as it heals - did the vet just think it was oozy and itchy?
     
    04-16-2012, 08:37 PM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
That's enough to make your gut clench at first! Wow! But after you look at it for a sec, it's just messy. Sigh of relief. He's probably itchy as it heals - did the vet just think it was oozy and itchy?
Yeah the vet said this all was normal.. I didn't believe him about how bad it would look until now though. And WOW it's bad! I can't wait till I'm home tomorrow night and I get to see him again, I have separation anxiety with my horse haha.

I found out today from the equestrian team I'm going to be in this fall in college will take in my horse one eyed! something to look forward to.
     
    04-16-2012, 10:25 PM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by OuttatheBlue    
Yeah the vet said this all was normal.. I didn't believe him about how bad it would look until now though. And WOW it's bad! I can't wait till I'm home tomorrow night and I get to see him again, I have separation anxiety with my horse haha.

I found out today from the equestrian team I'm going to be in this fall in college will take in my horse one eyed! something to look forward to.
Well, it may be bad right now but it won't always look like this. But, I get it, just about the time you think you're all prepared, and know what to expect,. You see something new on his face and YIKES!

That's awesome about the equestrian team! You'll have a lot of fun with him! You should be very proud of your (and Reily's) achievement
     
    04-16-2012, 11:55 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
Well, it may be bad right now but it won't always look like this. But, I get it, just about the time you think you're all prepared, and know what to expect,. You see something new on his face and YIKES!

That's awesome about the equestrian team! You'll have a lot of fun with him! You should be very proud of your (and Reily's) achievement
Yeah apparently today it is looking better though, which is good because tomorrow night my lessee is doing a 4-H level testing with him (just the canter part) and it may freak out the 'judges' haha.

Thanks! I am, SO excited!! It is a big step I am excited to make :)
     
    04-17-2012, 11:12 PM
  #20
Weanling
Thought I'd do a quick update before bed. Haven't uploaded the camera yet, so no pictures.

I came home today, YAY!! My horse's eye is sunken in more than last I saw. It's starting to cave :(

BUT tonight my lessee took him for her level testing and they did smashing! I'm so proud of both of them, it's made my night :)

I'll have pictures and more detailed updates tomorrow!
     

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