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Our 32 + year old appaloosa had an eye injury several years ago and has since been blind in that eye. The past 2 years he has been progressively losing vision in the other eye and at this point can barely see shadow.

Vet has done all he can- so our question is does anyone out there have any experience with tips for helping this horse in his pasture. Should we confine him to a smaller area- or just leave him where he has been for the past 2 years as he may know the area better now. He does find his way to water and food- but will bump into the water tank, sometimes trees, etc.

He seems content and we want to do what is best for him- appreciate any suggestions or tips- thanks so much!

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Comment by Shelley Cohen on December 31, 2010 at 12:27pm
He is compensating really well- he still bumps into some things, but he is content- thanks for your response.
Comment by Gale on December 31, 2010 at 11:30am
I would leave him to the area that he knows. If he is like a dog then he can sense where he is just by memory.. I would not confine him, he will be unhappy if you do.If he hurts himself then that is when I would consider removing him from the home he has known for 2 yrs.. Just my opinion.. hope it helps
Comment by Shelley Cohen on October 6, 2010 at 2:05pm
thank you kristin- that is a great idea, we will give that a try for sure!
Comment by Kristin Damstra on October 6, 2010 at 8:26am
I read an article a few years back about a lady that had a blind horse. She put a bell on the horse's pasture buddy to help him navigate the pasture and stay close to the other horse. If your horse has a pal, it might help him.

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