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post #21 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 01:13 PM
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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.
Interesting. I have a cremello and the blue eyes are way more susceptible to uvitis. She lost her sight in the first eye about 6 years ago. I started working with her on voice commands and good thing, since she lost sight in the other eye 2 years ago. Like Reggie, you'd never know she is blind, she has been here at my house her whole life and knows the terrain so she doesn't bump into things. I don't ride her near as much as id like to, but in all honesty, i feel she has earned her retirement
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Reggie is the only horse I own currently, he has always been alone with my neighbors horses for company. I have looked for another horse but none have passed the "this is the one" test. Now I'm tossing around the idea of a mini horse, if I do get one then he/she will be very slowly introduced to Reggie. I don't believe Reggie would care for having his turf invaded after all this time, especially since he is now blind. The mini won't be a pasture ornament, driving is something I've been interested in getting back to.
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post #23 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 01:28 PM
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Guys I never said euth it or don't ride it. I think jumping and doing crazy things with a blind horse is unfair to them. I do have strong feelings about this bc I have seen it go bad more than once.

If you are going to have a blind house that's fine.I know they have to trust you a lot, but if you are going to keep them in that position you have to be fair to them.

How do they know how wide or tall the jump is? Even if it's just poles, they don't know how many there are or how tall they are. Just bc they will do it for you didn't mean it's nice for them.

I'm just looking out for the horse here.they are prey animals after all.
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post #24 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 03:33 PM
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Barrel raced and won many ribbons on a compleatly blind paint mare for years, jumped her, swam her, pole bending. Treated her like a normal horse... Didn't quit until an old hip injury started giving her problems. Have a blind pony now that the kids ride around on
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post #27 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 09:58 PM
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Question: Are blind horses less or more "spooky"? The logic being that things they can't see don't scare them, or the opposite?

I've only ever worked with a half blind horse. One of the greatest dressage horses in our barn, And a great jumper!
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Question: Are blind horses less or more "spooky"? The logic being that things they can't see don't scare them, or the opposite?

I've only ever worked with a half blind horse. One of the greatest dressage horses in our barn, And a great jumper!
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It could go either way. A blind horse could be come more sensitive to its environment making them more spooky.
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post #29 of 37 Old 11-05-2013, 10:09 PM
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It could go either way. A blind horse could be come more sensitive to its environment making them more spooky.
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I always wondered about that...I think it would vary if the horse was born blind or got an injury/genes/etc. that caused it to go blind sometime in it's life.

I wondered if it would be the same thing with a deaf horse. I know that there are some horses out there (namely Spooks Gotta Gun--I think) that are born deaf. I wonder if that will work with the trainer/rider or not, spookiness wise.

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I have heard (no first hand experience,) and it makes sense, that they are most spooky when loosing eyesight. They can see shapes and shadows and movement but not enough to be relaxed, almost like riding in dusky light. When they are completely blind they don't have that to be spooky about. They may listen more and be more sensitive but I haven't heard of more spooky though it is possible and depends on the environment too, and if riding depends on the rider (trust).

A lot of horses who lose eyesight are older and have more experience and less spooky naturally. Most horses adjust very well and most of those can still be ridden and do most normal things. You will need to adjust their environment and be careful not to change things on them and approach them correctly (don't sneak up etc). Some horses do not adjust and cannot handle it, or handle it but are miserable and unable to act the way they used to, these horses will need to be put down.
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