I have a 4 week old mini that was born with juvenile cataracts. Has anyone ever heard of this. I sure hadn't. I don't know what to do. I don't want to put her down, nor do I want her to live a miserable life. Any suggestions?
Blind horses can live long happy lives just like regular horses. They need some special care but normally adjust just fine. Keep him in a smaller area so he can easily find his food/water and doesnt get "lost" in the pasture. Also be sure there are no sharp or dangerous objects he could bump into as that is an issue. Sometimes having another horse or animal to be his eyes works really well too and will make him feel secure! Good luck and Id love to offer a home for your little guy if the need ever arises. I have a partially blind arab mare that is amazing so I know how it is : )
I'm really sorry to hear about your little mini. Is she completely blind, or does she has some sight?
Years ago one of my mini fillies was born with a cataract in one eye. We had the vet out and prescription eye drops were ordered; sorry but it's been too long and I can't remember what they were. It never seemed to bother her except for preferring that we be on her 'good' side. Also, as she got older it seemed to be less prominent - as her eye grew, the cataract seemed to stay the same size and less of a problem.
I think raising a blind mini baby is a different deal than coping with an adult horse that was born sighted and became blind. You will have your challenges ahead of you.
I know plenty of horses that lead successful carreers partially blind, and I have even heard of a QH that is shown and is completely blind. A miniature horse that is blind would most likely do better as a pasture puff, but that doesn't mean she cannot enjoy life. Like others have said, give her a buddy to be her 'eyes' if you want her to be very successful. She might get a bit pushy, feeling where everyone is, so I wouldn't exactally recommend punishing her intirely for a little push here and there. But I can guarentee you there are plenty of people who would be willing to take her on or give advice if you need help.
I have an almost 22 year old blind mini. After he got used to things around here he did great. When its time to eat I call his name and he comes to exactly the same place everyday to eat. I think getting her into a routine like that is a good idea. My horse does fine with others as well. I can tell that he hears better than the rest of them and I think that has compensated for his lack of sight. He has had a great life I think and I treat him for the most part like any one of my other horses. Good Luck with her.