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Ohhkierst 01-02-2011 07:10 PM

Long pasterns on a blind reining horse
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Hello! Hope the title caught your eye!

Well, this is a first post for me and day 1 of my membership so I hope to get some great responses! Well, here it goes. . .

I am looking to purchase a reining horse, I found one BUT, he is blind in his left eye and as it looks, he has long pasterns. I know that it leads to lameness and tendon issues but I am not sure if his are severe enough. So before I go and look at him I would love to hear what you guys think. After training on a blind right-eyed horse I saw no issues with it, yet I didn't own her so:

- Are his pasterns to long ?
- Are blind horses hard to own or any advice ?

Here is the link to the site and a video. Click the link below to see him in action and let me know your thoughts!

Todd Martin Performance Horses specializes in the versatile reining horse and the sport of reining.

888vegas888 01-02-2011 07:23 PM

thats a good looking horse :)

i personally dont think his pasterns are all TOO long, and i think he should be fine, depending on his age, (how old is he??)

as for the blind part, i have worked with many blind horses, and to me, its all about trust. if you trust the horse, the horse will trust you, and he will know that you would never put him in any danger, so he can feel comfortable with no eyesight.

anyway, that is a super nice horse! just work on the trust factor, and watch out for his joints and protect his tendons, you should both be just fine. =]

Ohhkierst 01-02-2011 07:37 PM

He is 4 years old!
Im not sure if he will grow into them or they will!

ShutUpJoe 01-02-2011 07:38 PM

Man he sure is an eye catcher! His pasterns don't look horribly long at all. I've never owned a blind but I've heard some of them are the best.

888vegas888 01-02-2011 07:54 PM

yeah, he's young enough to still grow just a tad more. he seems really young to be blind too-unless it was caused by an injury.

Ohhkierst 01-02-2011 08:31 PM

It was from an injury when he was a baby. Im not sure if the depth perception is off on him. But it was due to injury

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