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Ross P.

Dear Debbie,

My quarter horse is recently blind in his right eye. Will he be OK as a trail horse? Ross

Ross P.

Hi Ross,

Thank you for your email. Because horses' eyes are located on the sides of their heads, they all have a blind spot directly in front of them. Now that your horse has an increased blind spot, you must be especially careful. You need to understand your horse may spook more easily now that his blind spot has increased. If your horse was easily spooked in the past, he may be quite fearful now.

Help your horse navigate so he does not run directly into branches or brush. Patience and consistency will help him in the long run. If you are having problems with him, take it slow. Start riding in a small, enclosed area. Gradually make the area larger. Start with trail riding in an area he is familiar with. Gradually make the ride longer.

Always be aware that you are watching out for your horse, and that he may easily become spooked. If you have any other particular issues, feel free to let me know. Good luck! Horses can adapt, just like us.

Debbie

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