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post #1 of 9 Old 05-25-2016, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Question Bonding with a half blind horse

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I am new to the idea of owning my own horse after just leasing others. I started looking around at horses for re-home and my list consisted of 3.

I went to view the one horse and on the day I went to view him, for some reason his condition his owner maintained for years (milky eye), has made his eye white the night before.

So when I saw him the Sunday his eye was completely white on the left side so not sure if he had vision or not. With his current owner he stresses out and his anxiety gets out of control when she rides him. But when I handled him on the ground, he followed my voice all over without me even touching him AND it was on his "blind" side. We had an amazing bond, I have never had this with any other horse. He also kibbled my jacket which I saw as mutual grooming as I was stroking him.

My question is - How rare is it that a horse reacts like that to a stranger when he isn't like that with his owner?
His owner and her friends have been praying for the right person to come along before they met me.

Other question is, how will one blind eye effect the horse? He is 11 and breed is a TB off the track.

PS: I cant stop thinking about him

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-25-2016, 12:03 PM
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It's easy to think that having a 'bond' means that the horse will be perfect. I guess I don't subscribe to the idea of a magical bond at all - while it's true that certain horses get on better with certain people, a true bond in the most realistic sense of the word is formed of respect first and then trust, and this takes time to develop. Be prepared that with a horse with disability, it will take longer, and you will have different challenges.
As to how rare his behavior is, it depends on his individual personality. You'll have to ask his owners.

That being said, many horses with blindness in one eye function perfectly fine, even becoming successful showjumpers - what do you plan on doing with him? Many people opt to have the eye removed as partial vision on one side can cause spooking. You may find that this is partly what causes his anxiety. A horse will adapt faster to having one eye than having one eye that works and one that is cloudy. If you decide to go with the horse, get a vet PPE. It may be that the condition will eventually effect the other eye and you'll be stuck with a totally blind horse.

My gut instinct would say that this isn't the right horse for a first time owner. But, if you have enough support and time, and get a PPE before buying, you could make this work. Just don't let the horse's initial friendliness cloud your judgement.

Edited to add: I just noticed that you said his condition changed overnight. If this is true, I can't stress enough how important the PPE is (and to be honest the idea of a deteriorating condition is enough to put me off).
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^I agree with all of the above.

To be frank with you, a horse reacting positively to someone who isn't their owner isn't really all that rare. In the same way that there are "people people" (those who get along with everyone) there are horses who are naturally very vocal or affectionate towards people, too--there are also those who are not.

Absolutely get a PPE if you decide to move forward with this horse.
Are you working with a trainer at all? If yes, what are their opinions on this horse?
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-25-2016, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your comments

I do have a trainer but have not discussed with them yet as I'm very uncertain at this stage.

The vet is going tomorrow to look at his eye and give feedback

I'm just looking for a horse to enjoy, ride and bond with. Do ground work and odd jumping

He is a nice horse and only 11, his owner wants to rehome him due to time constraints so basically I'll give him a 2nd chance if i take him
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^Please get your trainer involved! That's what they're here for... It can be sometimes hard to admit, but they'll have a better idea of what makes an appropriate horse for you than you will.

He's very cute! Best of luck.

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I think you are considering this horse more because you feel sorry for him rather than from a realistic perspective of the cost, time, and suitability of this horse for you. Have your trainer evaluate the horse since that is the one person who knows your level of riding and abilities. Never buy a horse because he may not find another home. At this point, you don't have a bond with this horse---that takes time and lots of wet saddle blankets while learning each other's abilities and quirks. Some horses are very people oriented---we have 2 who love to hang out with anyone who will give them attention, but that doesn't mean they bonded with them. Truthfully, both of those horses are hoping you'll give them a treat!
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you had better be ready for things to be twice as hard as just the normal adjustment a first time hrose owner goes through. a half blind horse is going to need a lot more help from his owner, requiring more skill as a rider and handler, and more care on your part to not get hurt.
are you up for that?
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-25-2016, 07:46 PM
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It concerns me a little that you seem very keen on this horse but you don't mention how he was with you under saddle. Buying a horse, whether it be a first horse or second horse or whatever should be based on how well the horse is suited to your purpose.

This means that he should be performing at the level you want. If you want to be able to go out on trails and pop over jumps then when you try any horse do a few jumps, see if you can ride them on a trail.

If you go to see a horse and the owner is not willing to ride and demonstrate the horse to you then for most part, walk away.

At this stage you want to be riding the horse, then get your instructor out to ride, and then a vet check and if he meets all your criteria but happens to be half blind then consider it.

To be honest, I probably wouldn't get this horse. Even if he wasn't blind you don't mention his training at all, and it seems the owners were over horsed. If you ever need to sell him it will be near impossible to ever find him a home. His eye issues sound strange and could possibly cause you more issues down the track.

If a horse is normally handled by non horse people and then a horse person comes and handles the horse it can appear that the new handler is "magic" or there is a special bond. In reality it can just be that the horse is understanding what you are asking. I wouldn't base your purchase on this, nor would I neccisarily rely on it to continue.

I know my post seems a little negative, this just doesn't seem to be the sort of horse that would be good as a first horse.
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ERU is a heartbreaking and expensive experience and not one I'd knowingly take on. Just from what you wrote in your post I get the feeling that the horse's current owner is playing with your sympathies, please don't fall for it.
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