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post #1 of 11 Old 05-21-2020, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Conformation and partial update

I’m back. I will hopefully bee going up to see the 5 year old paint on Sunday as weather has been an issue and will post the outcome of that visit. However I’m going up to see a horse today. 10 year old qh mare I have attached a picture for critique please but I do have a concern. She injured her eye in a paddock mishap and the vet says she has limited vision. She has been shown at fairs and done well after the injury but wondering if this should be a deal breaker. For some reason it doesn’t bother me. What are your thoughts ? Thanks very much.
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-21-2020, 09:10 AM
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We owned a one eyed horse for quite some time. She had injured her eye and over time her eye shrunk until she lost total sight. Other than making sure to let her know where you were she did very well. That being said she was a trail horse and never really liked strange horses coming up on her blind side while we were riding. Since this mare was a show mare she may be more used to strange horses. We rode our mare well into her late teens before she went to another family as the wife's trail horse
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-21-2020, 09:20 AM
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A one-eyed horse isn't too much of a concern in my book. A horse at my barn had it's eye removed after a long fight with uveitis, and you wouldn't know that it only had one-eye. Whenever I approached it from it's blind side I would just make sure to say hello, just so she wouldn't be caught off guard.

The one thing I may be concerned about is that if the injury is recent, and the eye wasn't removed, if she is caught off guard by having partial vision in that eye. I would bet that is scarier to a horse than not having any vision on one side.

But there is no telling how she is until you go see her!

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post #4 of 11 Old 05-21-2020, 10:03 AM
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We've had a one eyed horse and I've handled both one eyed and completely blind. Wouldn't be a deal breaker.

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-21-2020, 11:07 AM
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I had a mare that was partially sighted in one eye after an injury, the vision in it got less over time but never affected her ridden work other than she would tilt her head slightly to the good eye side at times.

The only problems I ever had with her was when she banged her head on that side on several occasions as her sight became worse in it.
It happened in the field and in the stable and always at night.

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post #6 of 11 Old 05-21-2020, 07:42 PM
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Ditto about the eye - it wouldn't nec. bother me & the one eyed horses I have known didn't seem to have probs because of that.

Confo - having only that one angle, and horse standing in soft sand, can't say a lot. His back seems long, croup steep and hind legs appear quite straight & 'camped out'.
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-22-2020, 12:07 AM
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are you planning to show in hand, because the conformation that is winning in that discipline is different from what is desirable for other ones. I hesitate to critique the mare unless I know what you are expecting of her.
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-22-2020, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Lol. A little afraid to ask because I rode and bought her. The paint I see Sunday. Lol. The picture I posted does not do her justice in all fairness. Her back was not long 😊.
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Planning on just trail riding at home and possibly local fairs doing the normal classes sms/has/trail mainly. Companion to my senior gelding after losing my mare 2 years ago. She was shown by previous at locals and did well both before and after eye injury ( vet impressed with how well it’s healed FYI it is intact).
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-22-2020, 04:20 PM
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Lol. A little afraid to ask because I rode and bought her. The paint I see Sunday. Lol. The picture I posted does not do her justice in all fairness. Her back was not long 😊.
Congrats on the new horse! I'm taking it the eye didn't cause any problem?

Have fun with her!!!
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