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Offline georgiegirl

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Horsey cataracts
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:00:56 PM »
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  • Does anybody have any experience of them?

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    Re: Horsey cataracts
    « Reply #1 on: May 07, 2014, 06:09:19 PM »
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  • I have 2 fell ponies with cateracts. They have the same dad but different mums. Flynn was diagnosed at 18 months old with juvenile cateracts. The vets said they would either stay as they where, go worse and he would go blind or in very rare cases go smaller. Heis special and they have gone to tiny pinpricks. We fully expected not to have him at 8 yrs old, as he was struggling with depth and light and dark. He is so much better, still reactive, but we are considering backing him this year, he is 9 this year.

    His half sister Lorel, developed them 5 years ago, she is 11 this year. There are 5 in one eye and 9 small ones in the other eye. I have retired her, in part to her spooking and my lack of confidence, plus she also has a back end issue and intermittent lameness. Both ponies are very happy.
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    Re: Horsey cataracts
    « Reply #2 on: May 08, 2014, 10:58:10 PM »
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  • Thank you for that., I have been offered a small cob pony with a cateract in one eye the vet says its likely from birth but he is blind (or pretty much)  in the one eye. 6 years unbroken.

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    Re: Horsey cataracts
    « Reply #3 on: May 09, 2014, 08:39:49 AM »
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  • TBH if I liked the pony, I personally go ahead. you do need to be more aware on the blind side and I chatter a lot to mine anyway. If Lorel was not lame I would still be competing her.
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    Re: Horsey cataracts
    « Reply #4 on: May 12, 2014, 09:21:24 PM »
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  • I used to ride a horse with a cataract in one eye at the riding school in Sweden.  He was used for absolutely everything the others were, but you needed to approach him on his seeing side and he was stalled (old-fashioned tie-up stalls) with no horse on his blind side.  Beyond that, nothing much was different...

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    Re: Horsey cataracts
    « Reply #5 on: May 13, 2014, 08:11:32 PM »
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  • Going to see him Thursday :)

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    Re: Horsey cataracts
    « Reply #6 on: May 15, 2014, 09:51:21 PM »
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  • i once rode a horse blind in one eye at a hacking centre; no bother at all...