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post #1 of 4 Old 08-01-2020, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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My mare is blind in one eye - twists to the blind side over jumps

We don’t compete or have any intention to compete, we jump small jumps just for fun. Both me and her enjoy jumping - small jumps :)

I am not even sure if this needs to be corrected, we get on just fine. No matter how straight I come at the jump, my mare will twist to her blind side as soon as she lifts her front feet. I have had my instructor look at what I’m doing and she doesn’t see anything wrong.

My questions are: should I even try to correct this if we don’t compete and how do I correct it?

I have looked online and traditionally a horse twisting to one side mid-air is corrected by placing an obstacle (like a barrel) on that side after the jump. I am a bit hesitant to do that since she might not be able to see it in time. Any other ideas? I’m also not sure if I should maybe keep more contact over the jump? But that might unbalance her and I wouldn’t like to do that either.

Thank you.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-01-2020, 08:51 AM
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I would leave the mare alone...
She is protecting you for the landing she must execute clean and clear of obstacles she is rechecking that she may have missed concentrating on take-off she now is working for the landing.
A one-eyed horse can, will and does compensate for that loss of sight by turning their head differently, carrying their head sometimes at a bit of a different angle so they see better where their feet must go and that the path of travel is safe for you and her.
Your horse is taking really good care of you and your safety...
I would not insist on her not doing it her way if it works...
A bit of accommodation on your behalf will give you much riding time together with trust between the partners needed...there is no need to rock the boat, not in my thinking.
Let her be...she hasn't gotten you hurt, let it alone.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-01-2020, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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@horselovinguy Thank you. She is a real gem. Other than the “jumping to the blind side” she gives no indication that she has any sight defects, you’d never guess just by looking at her or even riding her. She’s the least spooky horse in the yard, but at the same time rather forward and fun. But also, I always ride with that in mind and don’t let her go too close to obstacles on her blind side - it wouldn’t be fair. I also always allow her to look with her good eye when she asks. Love her to bits.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-01-2020, 09:26 AM
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Yes, protecting you both and double checking where everything is.
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