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post #1 of 13 Old 09-30-2016, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on a new purchase

Hi all. It's been a long long time since I have posted. Glad I have a forum where I can ask a question. Please only helpful comments.

Here is my back story. I have been the proud mom to a very high stung horse. With in the last six months, I have had a roller coaster ride. She started having eye issues and between 3 vets and a lot of treatments and supplements, I ended up having to have her put down. She went completely blind. There appeared to be some other neurological issues going on with her and she was not doing well. That being said, it was the hardest decision I have ever had to make. When I got her (kill pen) I made a promise to her that we would be together until the end. I do believe I did the right thing by her.

Here is where my question comes in. I have been looking to get another horse. I found one that I really like. She was purchased by a man I know at an auction and we have no history on her. I have spent some time with her on a few different occasions and she is very laid back and sweet. She looks to have come from a neglectful situation. I had my vet come in and do a pre purchase exam on her. Because of my history with J (my girl) I was most concerned with eye issues. The vet took a look and saw some damage that appears to have happened in her past. She has vision in it but because she appears to have some Appaloosa in her breeding...and she is a roan...the vet said that the damage could have been due to recurrent uveitis. Her eyes otherwise are in good shape. I am terrified of getting another horse and having them go blind on me...SO would this be a deal breaker for you? Would you let her pass by on a chance that she could wind up with "moonblindness"? She has such a great disposition and I really did "bond" with her...I would hate to pass her by on a possibility that could never come to fruition.

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-30-2016, 07:30 PM
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Are you looking for a horse to keep until the end of its days, or are you looking for a horse for the next few years?
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-30-2016, 07:36 PM
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I would pass. Why put yourself up for heartbreak twice? If I pay a vet to check a horse and he's concerned enough about an issue that he discusses it in a fair amount of depth (Uveitis vs injury, damage vs blind, recurrent vs one time), I'd take it to heart and I would keep looking. There are a lot of sweet horses out there that won't have eye issues.

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post #4 of 13 Old 09-30-2016, 07:41 PM
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Honestly, I would avoid buying a horse with any notable issues. There are too many horses in the world to settle for ones that are likely to have issues.

There is nothing you have said in your description of this horse that justifies taking further risks. It is already an unknown horse.
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-30-2016, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Emoore, I would say this will be a horse that once I buy it, I would keep it. I am a keeper. :)

Dreams & Saskia...thank you for your input. You are both right, there are many, many horses out there who all need good homes. :)

Thanks!
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-30-2016, 08:38 PM
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You had heartbreak over eyes before, if I were you, no way, no how would I be chancing it again.
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I agree on passing on this horse. You've already dealt with eye issues so there's no reason to get another one who may bring you heartbreak too. There are plenty of horses out there for you to look at. Enjoy the hunt!
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If you were someone who hadn't dealt with eye issues I might suggest considering another vet's opinion and taking a chance, but not in your case. You will not forgive yourself should this horse develop eye problems. Keep looking, you will know when you have found the right horse.
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post #9 of 13 Old 10-01-2016, 12:59 AM
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I've been through the ERU thing and hope I never have to again so I'd pass.
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post #10 of 13 Old 10-01-2016, 01:32 AM
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I had my vet come in and do a pre purchase exam on her. Because of my history with J (my girl) I was most concerned with eye issues. The vet took a look and saw some damage that appears to have happened in her past. She has vision in it but because she appears to have some Appaloosa in her breeding...and she is a roan...the vet said that the damage could have been due to recurrent uveitis. Her eyes otherwise are in good shape. I am terrified of getting another horse and having them go blind on me...SO would this be a deal breaker for you? Would you let her pass by on a chance that she could wind up with "moonblindness"? She has such a great disposition and I really did "bond" with her...I would hate to pass her by on a possibility that could never come to fruition.
While I am obviously bias, it's from a good bit of personal experience, and I would say not to let *the possibility of her going blind in the future keep you from buying her, especially since you say you felt a connection. If the horse is healthy otherwise and you think she could handle going blind (which if she's that calm, she likely would be fine), then Id say go for it, as they can make excellent horses. Dealing with moon blindness can be hard and unpredictable, so I can understand where others are coming from.

I'm sorry about your mare, but the parts I bolded is what I'd think hard about. Just the possibility of going blind or even being blind does not always mean heartbreak for you, and I would not let that alone dictate your decision. I would not let her pass solely because she might go blind in the future, especially if you like her personality. The gelding I ride and a few of his pasturemates are blind and have been for several years, but they're all wonderful, helathy horses.

I don't mean to imply that you should always buy the horse and ignore the eye issues because some don't adjust, I just want to make sure you're aware that horses can adjust just fine to being blind (for example the horse Cherokee in my barn here), and that I wouldn't let a fear of that blindness hold you back if you truly feel a connection with this new mare. Being blind is typically not a death sentence, it is just an adjustment, and it does not have to end in heartbreak!

Regardless of the decision you make, I just hope you'll consider this and not pass her up solely for that reason. If you decide it's not worth it to you to take the chance given your past experience or that you can't handle owning a blind horse should she go blind, that's fine, I just wanted this information to be there for you. Best of luck with her or in your search if you move on.

-Blind
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