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post #11 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 11:19 AM
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after having perfectly sighted horses fall on me at speed, once in an accident that could have killed me, I would NEVER ride a blind horse outside a well manicured arena past a walk. I can see dressage, or various flat classes, giving kids pony rides or trail riding at a slow pace on some relaxed trails. One rider error doing something like riding in an area with uneven footing at speed, barrel racing or jumping and that horse could fall, injure itself and/or badly injure its rider.

I think of what it would be like if I were the blind one. I would not want to be running or jumping obstacles without being able to see my surroundings, the only thing preventing me from falling and smacking into things being a person saying "ok, jump!", and them being a second late or early resulting in injury and shaken confidence.
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post #12 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 11:33 AM
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If I was the blind one I would be thinking thank god they didn't shoot me... Or leave me abandoned in the pasture to rot!
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post #13 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 11:55 AM
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I am in the no jumping things that can't see camp. I have seen enough bad jumping wrecks on horse that can see that I see no reason to temp fate. I have a whole slew of horses who are "rotting out at pasture" they really seem quite happy rotting away. Being fat, getting fed, watered, farrier work and vet care, sometimes they are taken out and groomed mostly they just eat and poop. Yep its horrible life for them. Its not our place to judge others for riding blind horses any more than its anyone else's to judge those who elect to let their property hang out at pasture.

I don't see anything wrong with riding blind horses I just think that a visual task such as jumping is not something a blind horse should do. The way I see it horses jumping are doing a whole bunch of stuff we don't see. They are evaluating the jumps, calculating strides, anticipating a lift off and a landing and the good ones are taking care of their rider as well. We talk about counting strides but sometimes the horse makes the judgement on what its stride is. Riding them is great, but safety is important.
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post #14 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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The highest "jump" we do now is two poles laying flat on the ground next to one another. Not really a jump but we bunny hop over them, sometimes I lay four poles down. Reggie would not be happen being turned out to pasture, the one time I turned him out and left him alone for a week he went nuts. This was before he went blind, I'd hate to see what he does now. Even being in the pasture for a day he gets depressed. Most of our time is now spent on trail rides or giving rides to disabled children, which Reggie seems to enjoy as well, and we also go to nursing homes. Mostly we go to the nursing home during the warmer months because they bring the residents, those who are able/wanting to, outside.
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post #15 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 12:03 PM
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It sounds like they are doing nothing more than trotting polls. And that the horse is not content to sit around. There are plenty of horses who do fine sitting in a pasture but some thrive on interaction - the OP said their horse wouldn't be content sitting around.
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post #16 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 12:10 PM
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Wow gypsy, I don't usually call people out on things, but wow. Really? If OP is lucky enough to have a good solid relationship with her horse and they can jump together then KUDOS! Its called a solid relationship. If you have a blind horse and you lack that, you have nothing. A blind horse IS dangerous, same as ANY other horse, WHEN they don't trust their riders, plain and simple. The stakes are only higher because they rely on us to tell them where to go, how high to step, how fast to go, or how high to jump.
I own a blind horse, and trust me, we do everything we have always done, but actually even better, since she actually has to listen to me now and she can't be the hot headed barrel horse she used to be. I wish she was younger, I would definitely still compete on her! To have a relationship like that and have a horse have 100% total faith in you, that is a once in a lifetime experience.
Back to OP, kudos. Its not easy to do. Maybe I missed it, but how did yours lose its sight at so young an age?
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post #17 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 12:12 PM
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Wow gypsy, I don't usually call people out on things, but wow. Really? If OP is lucky enough to have a good solid relationship with her horse and they can jump together then KUDOS! Its called a solid relationship. If you have a blind horse and you lack that, you have nothing. A blind horse IS dangerous, same as ANY other horse, WHEN they don't trust their riders, plain and simple. The stakes are only higher because they rely on us to tell them where to go, how high to step, how fast to go, or how high to jump.
I own a blind horse, and trust me, we do everything we have always done, but actually even better, since she actually has to listen to me now and she can't be the hot headed barrel horse she used to be. I wish she was younger, I would definitely still compete on her! To have a relationship like that and have a horse have 100% total faith in you, that is a once in a lifetime experience.
Back to OP, kudos.
THIS!

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post #18 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 12:19 PM
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I wouldn't jump a blind horse. I do think its a good idea to teach them a cue to step up or step down of they were coming out of a stall or going into a trailer or something. I've known MANY horses, including my mare, who would do anything or go anywhere. Doesn't mean I'm going to put her in an unsafe situation!

Don't get me wrong, I don't think a blind horse is useless, but I certainly wouldn't be camping over rough and rugged terrain especially if they haven't done it before. Ring work, trail riding on even terrain, etc.
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post #19 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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The vet believes that it has something to do with genetics. Since he showed no signs of moon blindness, cataracts etc. If you look at my horse you couldn't tell he is blind, unless you see how he moves. His ears move a lot more then a normal horse.

Before Reggie went blind we went over all sorts of terrain. Now if we hit a rocky patch of terrain or were the going may be tricky I dismount and walk close to his head.
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post #20 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 01:12 PM
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I think the issue is he can't tell if there are 2 poles or 4 poles, or for someone else 2 ft or 4 ft!
I'm with no jumping, but kudo's for doing so well with him. It sounds like you listen to and respect him and that is what matters.
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