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Recently Acquired Blind Horse
My boss has about 23 head of horses on his property, a majority of them Appaloosa Missouri Fox Trotter crosses. He found out that one of his mares carried a genetic disorder causing blindness, only after getting two fillies out of her, because she went blind in her twenties. Her oldest filly was easily broke to ride, but went blind at age four. She is now 7 and hasn't been handled other than affection or left her enclosure since. She is beautiful and gentle and I want to start working with her, however I don't quite know how to proceed, or if there was any particular or special things I should or could do with her. I took her out of her enclosure once, keeping her just on the other side and brushed her. She sort of panicked just going that far. I know that bonding with her is important and vocal commands or when I am on the ground. Help?
Time, lots of time and patience and repetition. Once you build trust then it seems things go more smoothly. Usually they take their cues from you.
Vocalize. That's whats going to work. Keep your voice gentle and whenever she hears it, she'll know that she's safe. I used to own a blind mare named Asia and we let her wander around the farm while we did chores and she would listen for our voices and footsteps.
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