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Re: One-Eyed Endurance Horse?

I once had a horse with limited vision in one eye.  I did combined training
with that horse through preliminary for about four years.   I found that the
horse took a bit more time adjusting to changes in lighting (i.e. going from
sunny trail into the woods) and therefore had (attempt) to slow him down in
areas like this, particularly if a jump lay ahead.  Otherwise, the horse was
terrific and did quite well.  Just a minor accommodation to this particular

Needless to say, I certainly get a vet to look at it and get his/her opinion
of your prospect, just to be on the safe side ;)

Susan Swope-Attardi
AERC Southeast Region
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Date: Sunday, May 23, 1999 3:05 PM
Subject: RC: One-Eyed Endurance Horse?

Dabney Finch
Does anyone know whether only having one eye is a drawback for an endurance
horse?  Does this effect going down a strange trail at speed, or night
vision (especially where the rider can't "direct"?)  I like to ride with a
loose rein, with as little direction as is practicable.  Will this be a
problem?  The horse sounds marvelous in all other respects, so I'm hoping
someone out there can give me some input about the effects of missing that
one eye.  Please feel free to e-mail be privately at
Thanks for your help!

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