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Blind mare

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Donna Harris
Neonate
Username: Matdonna

Post Number: 4
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 02:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My son does 4-H every year with his horse Angel. well she is going to have her foal anyday now, so that leaves him with no horse to use for 4-H. My father in law has some friends who gave us a horse to use for the summer, but she is blind in one eye. We have her now and she seems to ride ok but i've notice that her blind eye oozes a clear fluid. It concerns me because I don't want anything to go wrong since she is not our horse, and i don't know the people who my father got her from and he is out of town. Is it normal to drain, and if it is will she be ok to use for 4-H with her being blind? she is gentle but i don't know if she would get spooked being around other horse with my son on her back.

thank you
donna
 

Megan A Brown
Weanling
Username: Fabmeg

Post Number: 45
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 03:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a one eyed three year old who's been blind in that eye since he was a colt, we had his eye take out because the eye was dead. It used to drain quote a bit of clear liquid before it was taken out. He is actually a better horse on his blind side. We just talk to him a lot, so he always can hear what is going on on his blind side. He is really a fine horse as long as you talk to him but if you sneak up on him on his blind side he will jump a little. Especially if she lives out with a pasture buddy she probably be used to being around other horses that she canít see.
 

Donna Harris
Neonate
Username: Matdonna

Post Number: 5
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 05:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

now she hangs out with my sons horse and as no problems with her. I don't really want them together as Angel is so far along in her pregnancy but the blind horse goes crazy when she is by herself, swings her head and goes back and forth with her legs and i don't want her to hit herself and get hurt, they do like each other very much, every time i go out and check on them they are licking each others neck, so at this point i don't think they are dangerous to be together. but how long should they be together with angel being pregnant, she is 318 days along and showing little signs of going soon. I guess when i see more signs i will just have to leave them both inside, unless i should do otherwise, let me know. this is my first foal and angels first also.
 

Megan A Brown
Weanling
Username: Fabmeg

Post Number: 49
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 06:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If you can get them some where they can see and touch each other but are still separate for the foaling that would probably be ideal. Most mares are fine together even with young foals, but some open mares will try to steal a foal from another mare. And some new moms get very protective. My open manes and breed manes ane separated for foaling but when the colts are born they go back out together. Good Luck with your mares

(Message edited by FABmeg on April 26, 2006)
 

Donna Harris
Neonate
Username: Matdonna

Post Number: 6
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 06:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank you so much for your help. I'm very excited and can't wait. Unfortunatly when we built her foaling stall it is in a different part of the barn but they can still see each other. I'm not sure if i want to put them together after she foals because the blind horse grabbed my daughter's goat and picked him up so i'm afraid of what she would do to a foal.
 

Megan A Brown
Weanling
Username: Fabmeg

Post Number: 50
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 07:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Some horses just hate goats. My rope horse loves babies, would kill a goat soon as look at it.
 

Donna Harris
Neonate
Username: Matdonna

Post Number: 7
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 01:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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