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I bailed a beautiful Percheron X out of the kill pen. Spent more than I wanted but was told she was in foal and wanted her and her baby out of there. Was told she had no medical issues what so ever. She is grey feathered and 15 hands and gorgeous. Well the pen had did a number on her and I think abused her face. The vet said we would eventually have to remove her eye through no fault but a puncture from whoever mishandled her. She drives single and double carriage buggies etc. sound best mannered horse I’ve ever seen. Has the best dressage prance and form and is completely broke. Her eye doesn’t effect her abilities at all. I’m scared I’m going to put all this money in to her. Granted I’m going to help her no matter what. But I am a very tall person so if I wanted a personal horse I would want something 16hands which is why I wanted her foal but guess what vet said he doesn’t think she was ever in foal. So what would you think she would be worth having one eye and completely broke also I wouldn’t want to sell her cheap because I think she was sold to the Amish for cheap and they used her up and sold her for a quick buck for a new bigger horse. Would the eye affect the price that bad. And please no negative comments. Worse comes to it she can just be my daughters horse when she gets older I was just curious how bad having one eye affects a horses price when it doesn’t affect abilities.
 

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A missing eye on a horse, given it's training isn't affected/hindered, should not change it's price, imo.

But, if you remove her eye, and she no longer can be driven/ridden/perform as well, obviously her value is going to decrease. Recently I knew a bombproof horse that had it's eye removed, and nothing changed about the horse, except for having one less eye. But, I'm sure there are horses out there that are negatively affected in some way after their eye is removed, maybe increased spookiness, maybe resultant herd boundness, I don't know. I wouldn't want to be in a buggy of a spooky horse, and I certainly don't want to deal with a herdbound horse again.
 

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There is really no way to make that determination. If she is as well trained as you think and can be ridden then depending on how she adjusts to one eye, her age, whether she is sound and sane AND depending on what similar horses are going for in your area.



I couldn't give away my blind full draft that was well trained. But I live in an area where they are not common and few would take on a blind horse.
 

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Yea going back to when they said she didn’t have any medical issues. The eye injury was old and she had been blind for awhile so she grew accustomed. She has no spook and rides like a dream I was just curious but I also see all these one eyed horses excelling in competitions registered or not. So I was curious if people would doc off points for a superficial thing if it didn’t affect her
 

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I am not saying this to be mean, but the amount of money you can get for her, should you need to sell her, is actually irrelevant. Being able to sell her at all will be your main focus, and sell her to a good home. If you paid too much for her, that is a bummer, but you knew you were taking a big risk, and you bought her to save her from becoming meat, so money coming back from it probably should not factor into this venture.


I am curious to see photos of her. She sounds adorable.
 

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It does affect her, perhaps not obviously. That she is not spooky about it is a good thing but she has to compensate for the blindness. For a confident handler that is aware and takes precautions then no problem. Will a potential buyer say she isn't worth as much blind - that depends on who is offering. Should you take less because she is blind? Depends. Most likely though you will not get out of her what you put into her if there is significant cost. Removing my horse's eye was in the thousands. That she rides and drives, has no spook and has adjusted says she is worth something rather than nothing or packer's price. Look up what well trained draft crosses are going for in your area. That will give you an idea.
 

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The vet said she had been blind for some time so it would be best to remove it And down here It’s be around 600 to remove and she has already grown accustomed and desensitized she doesn’t spook. And I know I probably won’t get my money back but I was just curious
 

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Just to comment on the height factor... I don't know if you've ridden her yet, but depending on how tall you are and how much her barrel takes up your leg she might not be too small for you, especially once she puts on some weight and muscle that will come with good care and riding. I wouldn't rule that out just yet.

I think draft crosses are a little trendy at the moment, so it might not be too hard to sell her if you need to at some point assuming she is very well broke and trained, but I would not count on buying a horse just to be able to resell it later. My old barn had an Irish sport horse mare and it took them years to sell her - she was still in her prime age-wise, 16.2 or 3 hands, jumps/foxhunts/lovely mover, has thrown beautiful foals - but in spite of that they had to reduce her price multiple times and did not have much interest for a long time (actually, I'm not certain she ever sold). So even if the horse is near perfect that is no guarantee that it will sell easily.
 

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Well, the cheapest part of horse ownership is the purchase price. She sounds like a truly lovely mare and if you do decide to sell, I would make sure to get references. Wouldn't want this poor girl to end up back in the kill pen. You can look up websites such as Dream Horse to comparative shop and get a better idea on price. As a side note, I rode a horse in Pony Club for many years that was completely blind and he was considered a very solid, dependable mount. I personally would not under value her because of the possible missing eye. It has no relevance for performance (from your posts). Good luck to you and her!
 

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One of the nicest riding horses I ever rode was a draft Belgium. He was around 17 H and was smooth as silk. He was young not over 3 yo but such a sweetheart to ride and be around.. At that time we rode the roads/streets and nothing bothered him. I think you will grow to enjoy her so much you won't want to let her go.
 

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She sounds like a dream of a horse and one I would not easily let leave my ownership...
Sane, sound and well-trained spook free riding and driving is a sweet combination.
Her color is a eye-catcher.
To me, what is going to hurt her is her looks...
That lost eye, potentially a sunken socket is not eye-candy for looks and many buy for looks.
What you paid for her is what if lucky you could get for her...what the going rate is for meat on the hoof.
Sorry, but that is the fact of this...
She may be worth a lot more, but she is going to bring at least meat-price and then pray for more.
That horse though does have some good bone to her, a nice well-sprung rib and what sure looks like a heartgirth that can and will allow a very long legged rider to have full leg coverage with her barrel shape.
If she is as good as you say, to replace her with equal or better is going to cost you how much???
Decisions, decisions but honestly...this is probably not one to let leave if she is as reliable, dependable as she is...
She sounds the babysitter, the husband horse and the horse who can sit for 6 months, be brought in from the field, quickly brushed off, saddled and go for a safe ride... :cool:
Those kinds of horses are worth keeping and for that reason hard to find expensive.


I happen to have 2 of them.
1 was purchased by chance. :smile: Found out what I had after purchasing and others wanted to buy him off me for to much money...yeah, no.
1 is my rescue saved that is not going anyplace ever he is so dependable I never worry who wants to ride him..
He does what he is supposed to do...keeping you safe makes him priceless in this house, and worth more than I could afford to replace him around here...
My "thrown-away" is forever with me.
As riders progress in ability so does this horse meet their new need showing more of what he is trained to do...


I would really consider if it is worth selling her trying to find another with all she offers...

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