Poll

Blind Horse Care

Have you ever cared for a partially or completely blind equid?

Yes
68%
448
No
32%
208

Total votes cast: 656

Comments & Write-in Answers

The environment must be familiar for them to keep from being injured and a trusted companion works w

11/19/2012 10:21:37 PM

No but I saw one whose "friend" horse wore a bell so they could be together. Incredibly sweet.

11/19/2012 8:39:46 PM

I rescued a half blind gelding almost 4 years ago. He is now fully blind but still such a sweetheart

11/19/2012 8:20:50 PM

Volunteered at a Therapeutic Riding Center with a mostly blind pony.

11/19/2012 7:41:20 PM

I had in my care an 18yr.old Appy Mare. She was blind in her Left Eye. I found with consistancy

11/19/2012 7:19:10 PM

A gentle companion is the kindest and smarts single thing you can do for them.

11/19/2012 5:56:08 PM

My mare had severe uveitis following a severe allergic reaction resulting temporary total blindness

11/19/2012 5:53:52 PM

Cared for an OTTB eventer that went blind from uveitis

11/19/2012 5:25:10 PM

My 30 1/2 year old Arabian did well, partially blind. He was a great horse!

11/19/2012 5:14:56 PM

My first horse was 80% blind in her left eye. Best horse I've ever owned.

11/19/2012 4:38:56 PM

frostie is blind in his right eye. it doesn't interfere with anything he does, or we do around him

11/19/2012 3:03:10 PM

Cared for one mare totally blind and currently one that just lost an eye.

11/18/2012 9:38:29 PM

My app was in left eye, ? since birth, noticed ~ 5 yrs after got him. Was not really a problem

11/18/2012 5:20:31 PM

one eyed race and then brood mare

11/18/2012 3:35:13 PM

the first month are difficult. But if they trust you is a wonderfull experience

11/18/2012 2:11:51 PM

i care for a pony that had one eye removed and is partially sighted in the remaining eye

11/18/2012 10:24:35 AM

My Mare lost her eye sight in her left eye for about 20 yrs I trail ride an she did remarkably well

11/18/2012 8:26:44 AM

Mare trusted me as the seeing partner on her blind side

11/17/2012 8:49:30 PM

With a solid fence, she gets along just fine

11/17/2012 12:06:59 PM

VERY tough to manage well - won't do it again

11/17/2012 11:08:23 AM

Rocky is the most trusting, bright, and easy to learn horse I own. He 'listens' and wants to please

11/17/2012 10:40:50 AM

She was fine, as long as I was very noisy, so she would realize I was there.

11/16/2012 11:09:48 PM

I endurance race a Quarab that is totally blind in one eye, and may be developing blindness in other

11/16/2012 10:51:05 PM

Was blind in one only. He got along just fine. Even continued showing in the hunter ring.

11/16/2012 9:28:24 PM

Though I think it would be a fascintaing adventure.

11/16/2012 9:09:23 PM

It just took a little extra thinking about how things affected the horse on the blind side. He was

11/16/2012 4:53:03 PM

some horses can handle it some can't

11/16/2012 4:42:17 PM

Shaba was 27 years old when I first came across her. She had a "Buddy" mare to help her get to feed

11/16/2012 1:46:01 PM

Blind in one eye. Rode him everywhere.

11/16/2012 1:43:26 PM

my favorite mare is visually challenged in one eye, and doesn't have the other

11/16/2012 6:37:24 AM

There have been (one is) two horses blind in one eye. .

11/16/2012 3:20:53 AM

Yes. Familiarity with environment made blindness undetectable to visitors

11/16/2012 1:39:52 AM

I own and ride a paint/quarter horse that is blind in one eye.

11/16/2012 12:15:14 AM

Two horses which were blind in one eye.

11/15/2012 10:18:50 PM

I currently have a mule that is going blind due to a brain tumor

11/15/2012 9:45:33 PM

completely

11/15/2012 7:32:04 PM

My partially blind horse does great under saddle & on the ground, I just talk to him a lot.

11/15/2012 7:05:11 PM

must build trust and having a friendly companion helps!

11/15/2012 6:43:02 PM

they trust you completely

11/15/2012 6:41:43 PM

Rescued horse had to have eye removed. Didnt affect him at all

11/15/2012 6:34:39 PM

Appaloosa gelding, blind in one eye due to ERU from lepto.

11/15/2012 6:25:21 PM

I am doing so right now. he's doing very well, but it is very sad for me.

11/15/2012 6:15:35 PM

Very difficult to set up a safe environment where they can't get hurt and can keep confidence in you

11/15/2012 6:05:26 PM

One completely blind pony, one thoroughbred with Uveitis, and one with cancer in eye

11/15/2012 4:30:09 PM

One Eyed

11/15/2012 1:45:07 PM

I own one! :-)

11/15/2012 1:10:45 PM

4 of them over the years, they are great animals

11/15/2012 12:42:45 PM

My Appy with ERU. It is heartbreaking when he has flares.

11/15/2012 11:59:38 AM

Have ridden and jumped blind in one ey or no eye at all. I own a 20 year old App blind in his left.

11/15/2012 11:45:07 AM

Due to a brain disorder she was completely blind now 10 months into her care she is only partially

11/15/2012 10:48:44 AM

Hawk was so good. He would follow our voices. And we gave him a quiet pasture buddy for company.

11/15/2012 10:43:12 AM

One eye, best horse EVER!

11/15/2012 7:13:46 AM

I cured it as she had complete corneal cataracts, i gave her heaps stinging nettles, carrots grated

11/15/2012 5:34:51 AM

My 16 yr old thoroughbred gelding has 1 eye, his behavior and attitude show no sight loss!

11/15/2012 1:07:09 AM

Blinded in one eye at age of 10, spooky the rest of his life.

11/15/2012 12:57:56 AM

An" 18 yr "old broodmare was returned to me after being bred at my farm. the owner diddnt want her a

11/15/2012 12:18:34 AM

cataracts in a 30 year old

11/14/2012 10:47:05 PM

They definatly require a lot of "planning" in their care.

11/14/2012 8:13:24 PM

Partially blind in one eye. Went cross country at all speeds just fine. Maneuvered to look at things

11/14/2012 7:24:37 PM

The trust was amazing!

11/14/2012 7:03:04 PM

I'd like to read more about the adjustment. Most say they do well but no time frame is given.

11/14/2012 6:48:43 PM

a completely blind young female regestered arabian that was fed calf manna with some calfs,

11/14/2012 6:40:17 PM

My horse is going blind

11/14/2012 4:05:33 PM

Our old guy suffers from uveitis in both eyes although you'd never know it from the way he acts!

11/14/2012 3:07:09 PM

bilateral partial blindness. did fine if introduced slow to new things

11/14/2012 2:41:14 PM

always are appaloosas

11/14/2012 1:27:27 PM

A young mare of mine tragically lost an eye in a field accident. luckily she is an angel

11/14/2012 12:07:20 PM

Gelding did fine and paired up with a buddy.

11/14/2012 11:58:06 AM

Everyone told me that my horse wouldn't adjust but with training and patience he was fine.

11/14/2012 11:39:12 AM

I cared for a retired TB that had a detached retina in one eye.

11/14/2012 10:22:31 AM

My aging horse is partially blind in one eye. His other eye has both cataract and glaucoma.,

11/14/2012 9:36:46 AM

Have had 2 horses with single sided blindness

11/14/2012 9:13:06 AM

A blind standardbred mare who had an horrendous distocia, resulting foal had a bell on halter

11/14/2012 9:01:10 AM

one mare lived 4 years on 40 acres totally blind with 6 other horses. She died of old age.

11/14/2012 8:55:08 AM

My horse was blind in one eye. He was a great trail horse and continued being ridden till he died

11/14/2012 7:45:52 AM

I've owned 2 different horses that were blind in one eye due to uveitis

11/14/2012 7:31:15 AM

My quarter horse had his right eye removed due to chronic uveitis.

11/14/2012 7:22:40 AM

We boarded a blind mare at our place for years, she even raised 2 foals.

11/14/2012 7:15:53 AM

Two who had vision in one eye and an old horse who got cataracts.

11/14/2012 6:09:11 AM

My stallion lost an eye as a yearling, he turns his head to see on that side. He is 13 now & fine

11/14/2012 5:34:23 AM

Thank goodness for post top solar lights!

11/14/2012 2:10:27 AM

My mare lost the sight in one eye in an accident. It took her 3 days to adjust.

11/14/2012 2:08:24 AM

My horse recently lost his eye after a bout with Uveitis.

11/14/2012 1:16:29 AM

Had an Appy mare who was blind inone

11/13/2012 11:59:04 PM

A pony with one eye blind. Had her for several years.

11/13/2012 10:41:34 PM

I have 1 that's completely blind and 3 that are bli

11/13/2012 10:21:52 PM

I have owned a one eyed horse for 23 years, he is the best horse I have ever ridden.

11/13/2012 9:54:40 PM

Currently three horses on the farm. 3 are different breeds.

11/13/2012 9:48:42 PM

I have a 28 yr old retired jumper with one eye. He does very well.

11/13/2012 9:47:15 PM

I have a 27 year old gelding who has been blind in one eye from a virus that went through the area

11/13/2012 9:21:46 PM

I didn't know she was blind in one eye when I bought her.

11/13/2012 9:21:21 PM

Yes, onr totally blind pony, two partially blind horses. Each experience was unique..

11/13/2012 8:37:47 PM

I haven't. It would probably be quite a challenge.

11/13/2012 8:29:43 PM

as of late this summer my 17yr old app mare is totally blind

11/13/2012 8:24:01 PM

belgian worked her beside mate

11/13/2012 8:18:03 PM

an appaloosa brood mare, we had to put a beeper on the foal for the first couple of weeks .

11/13/2012 8:04:44 PM

Darkwynd was able to take care fo herself but she had a companion she loved and did rely on

11/13/2012 8:00:21 PM

my horse was totally blind the last 13 years of his life and we still rode the trails and hills

11/13/2012 7:56:01 PM

An apaloosa who progressively went blind.

11/13/2012 7:51:48 PM

Currently have 2 completely blind mares.

11/13/2012 7:51:31 PM

We have a 39 yr old pony that is completely blind doing very well in a small area with run in

11/13/2012 7:38:28 PM

Had a horse go blind in one eye. Didn't hold him back. We foxhunted & showed for 12 yrs. afterward

11/13/2012 7:37:51 PM

We had a pony who lost her left eye.

11/13/2012 7:31:21 PM

one-eyed TenWalker; no problems

11/13/2012 7:24:41 PM

She rode and pulled a cart and did everything by voice commands.

11/13/2012 7:17:09 PM

Cherokee could do anything other horses could, as long as you kept things in the same place.

11/13/2012 7:06:20 PM

My old gelding had an injured eye when I bought him... His vision was clouded; amazing horse!

11/13/2012 6:59:33 PM

My 20 yo TB gelding just lost an eye 4 mos ago. It's been a difficult adjustment for him.

11/13/2012 6:51:03 PM

nimbus loved being ridden, walk, trot, canter, trails, ringwork. i was his "seeing eye" person.

11/13/2012 6:36:34 PM

My Arabian mare nearly lost an eye to a corneal scratch that went undetected but it healed just fine

11/13/2012 1:52:03 PM

Uveitis the worst!

11/13/2012 1:18:40 PM

nothing to fear

11/13/2012 1:06:17 PM

Lost one eye to uveitis. She is a calm quarter horse and can be ridden without any issues.

11/13/2012 12:37:13 PM

It was hard to lead her out to the paddock. I would talk softly to her and stay on herside when she

11/13/2012 12:17:07 PM

My current horse is completely blind in one eye & has a cataract in the other.

11/13/2012 11:08:53 AM

Yes, leptospirosis in a POA. It was awful, he lost the eye and then rejected the prosthesis.

11/13/2012 9:13:16 AM

The mare I cared for didn't adjust particularly well, so her owners opted to euthanize her.

11/13/2012 8:36:50 AM

The mare had a llama for a companion

11/13/2012 8:34:52 AM

we have a one-eyed mare in our rescue right now. exceptional horse.

11/13/2012 7:33:29 AM

My thoroughbred is an ex steeplechase racehorse and son of dynamformer. He is amazing.

11/13/2012 5:47:02 AM

Continued care as always, did not change out of her pasture and she knew exactly how to find her way

11/13/2012 12:35:16 AM