I have heard Clinton Anderson is good, but let me tell you - Buck Brannaman is amazing. :)
I would look at some of his stuff, it is VERY helpful and VERY useful. Everything I have done with my horse's with Buck's techniques has worked and improved my horses in ways I didn't know they needed improvement.
Sorry I haven't replied in so long, I've had my hands full! Ok, her trainer did come and she put on quite a show! She pranced, turned, stopped on a dime, backed up, and anything else he asked. He showed me the difference in how she was trained to respond vs how I was handling her. I've been able to ride her everyday ans she has been amazingly patient as I try to master the techniques.
As for her medical condition, he says her vision is actually better than it was years ago when he worked with her and it was caused by malnutrition when she was younger. I know she was taken to the vet in May and they did blood work because I have the paperwork but exactly what was done I don't know. I've contacted 2 vets, 1 of whom I didn't like at all (he had the personality of a salt block) and the other I liked quite well but haven't asked him to come out yet.
I would love to post a pic of her....but I can't figure out how! ?!?!
I think that the first thing to do would be a vet check. If that has been done sorry to suggest it. First Vet. Second Trainer to work with you and her at the same time. See if you can get them to come to your place to work with you both. Trailering can come later. Curious does she not turn in the direction of the blind eye?
Yes, it is her left eye she has trouble with and she actually turns left easier than right.....
I'm glad you are willing to take lessons. If you find an instructor/trainer for yourself he/she will probably have some good advice as to helping the horse or be able to point you in the right direction to someone who can help. The perfect deal would be someone who could do both, help you and the horse.
Good luck with her, and keep us posted!
Dustbunny.....thank you so much for your encouragement. Here is where we stand with the trainer: After he came out to work with me he was more than willing to continue. ..by phone :( He trains both horses and riders. The problem is he had to leave 3 days after meeting me to go train out of state for 5 months! He did offer to walk me through any problems I had over the phone and asked me not to hesitate to call. Unfortunately I can't see what he's talking about that way. Thankfully I have friends who are familiar with horses to help keep ke on her back in the mean time :)
She should have her eyes checked by a Vet if there is nothing in the records that you were given. Secondly if her blood work came back good, she needs more forage/hay. I would not give her any grains. It is good that the Trainer came out to show you how to ride her, but in that trainers absence, maybe you could phone and ask that trainer for a recommendation until the trainer returns . Or could just do ground work etc until the trainer returns.
The trainer I was using is a no go. His number is disconnected and I can't reach him but I found another trainer (one of the best in the area) and he specializes in QH.
She is coming along amazingly! Almost all of her training is by my hand with him instructing me. I have gotten her to load in a trailer, stop kicking at other horses on a ride and stand almost completely still while saddling! She even rides well in the dark....we've gone out for a 3-5 hr ride every night for almost a week. The first 2 were a little nerve wracking but she quickly settled down and performed beautifully every night since.
For the record we haven't omitted ground work and spend about an hour a day doing that as well, she's progressing nicely and learning to respect me as her leader.