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Sonnyharry

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Sonnyharry says:

Pony with blind eye

 Hi,  I've only started to get into riding more but found out my pony has a blind eye. We talked to vet about re moving the bit that causes the blindness but seemingly it's too late. When I ride him I have dificulty trying to turn him on his blind side. Any tips on how to gain his trust so that he will turn properly for me and tips on how to improve my riding with him.

Thanks

Sonya X

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Pony with blind eye

Sorry to hear about your ponys' eye, did he have an accident with it, or was it a medical problem?

I used to know a horse who also was blind in one eye, he was kept in a field near where our horses are, and was a real sweety. He still managed to go hunting and coped really well, he loved hacking and generally acted totally normally.

I think you'll have to get him used to turning on that side in a safe place, like a school, where he can have a good look round, take him in hand perhaps at first, show him everything there is to see, and when you ask him to turn to his blind side try giving a spoken aid that he can recognise, and make sure you only use that aid when you want to turn him that way.

Trial and error probably, just see how it goes, but ask around to see if anyone else has had this and what they did about it to help their horse.

Good luck with him, and I hope you can sort things out.

xx

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Sonnyharry

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Sonnyharry says:

Re: Pony with blind eye

yes, thanks for advise, will definitely try what you said, and it was an accident with his eye, his previous owners told us the eye was absolutely sound when we asked about it but we had the vet out a year ago for regular check up and vet said that it was probably a rush or a nettle that got into his eye when his previous owners had him but vet said nothing we could do, or otherwise too late. But hopefully the riding will get better with your tips. Thanks again :)

Sonya X

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highlander

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highlander says:

Re: Pony with blind eye

Riley got a blind eye, he's not completely blind in it but in my case I just have to watch how I move around his right side.I think if you've coped this far, I'd just make sure he's confident out and that your just aware of it. Riley was born partically sighted in his right eye and Ruby has damage to both her eyes she's nowhere near blind but it takes longer than normal for her eyes to adjust to light (both horses came from problematic homes) but copes as long as she gets to know and trust you. I do alot of trust exercises with our two due to the sight issues it seems to keep them happy.

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Sonnyharry

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Sonnyharry says:

Re: Pony with blind eye

 thanks :) 

Sonya X

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izzymcq

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izzymcq says:

Re: Pony with blind eye

Poor pony, my pony lives in a field with another pony that got an infection in his eye that they had to literally remove his eyeball so now you can see where the eyeball once was...

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Pony with blind eye

Question how long has your pony lost his sight in the one eye? Asking because of me being curious for a reason, I know that our eyes are mounted differently, because I have had only sight in one eye (right eye) for years, and have been asked how do I manage. Suggest any of you to close one eye and see how your horse feels when the problem is permanent and what I have dealt with and many others in the past and now. When it first happens panic, poor pony dont know what happening and needs all the TLC in the world.

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Charem

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Charem says:

Re: Pony with blind eye

When I was an event groom we had a 4* eventer (Briarlands Blackberry aka Bez) who only had one eye. He got an infection which resulted in it having to be removed completely, his owner told me that he adapted very well and his results speak for themselves. He's happily galavanting round advanced tracks.

 

I think doing lots of groundwork with your pony will help, that and time. Hopefully he will adjust to it and continue to live a normal life. x

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wagonsroll

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wagonsroll says:

RE: Pony

Poor pony, i'm 95% blind in my right eye, and according to optician i have higher vision in my left to make up for it, i think that what ever the previous owners reasons for "not knowing" it might be a genuine mistake as he trusted them he didn't hesitate to do as they asked. I take it he was fine when you tried him. Good luck and hope he comes right for you!

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