Caring for the Blind Horse

Most horses adapt well to vision loss but still require special management in a safe environment.

When you rode your aging gelding last week he stumbled a few times, and you assumed his old joints might be getting stiff. Then today as you approached him in his pasture he was momentarily startled when you spoke, even though he appeared to be looking your direction. When you led him into the barn, he nearly ran into the wheelbarrow you’d left near the doorway, even though you gave it a wide berth, and the clues started to fall into place: He’s losing his vision.

There are many causes of blindness in horses, including injuries and diseases. A horse might lose vision in one eye or both. Fortunately, most horse

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