Experience with vision loss
I am posting on this forum b/c I hope to continue to event this horse. So I am hoping there are other eventers that have been through a similar experience.
I have an OTTB I bought in late summer 2007 - he has uveitis that affects both eyes. He's been in/out of work due to the flare ups, and in November 2008 he had surgery for cyclosporine implants in both eyes.
In 2009 we were able compete some at BN, one Novice. And we did a clinic with Ian Stark. But due financial restrictions, I wasn't able to do alot.
In March he had an eye ulcer, which lead to a major uveitis flare, and unfortunately resulted in complete retinal dettachment in his left eye just in the last 30-45 days.
I am riding him and, although he's slightly a different ride, he seems to be adjusting to this recent vision loss pretty well...better than I am adjusting (emotionally). He's been ridden at home and at my trainers. He's not spooky, and this horse has always had a great work ethic, and tries really hard. I did a jump lesson with him over the weekend, and he didn't stop or balk, but we had some sticky fences in the beginning, and that was really b/c of ME. He was really looking to me for input and to say "yes, jump this", and I was riding expecting to have issues. But once my dear trainer got my head in the game, I rode more confidently, we had a good lesson.
So I guess I am struggling with how to move forward. I'd like to continue with some goals to do some showing and clinics this summer, but I am an adult ammy that isn't the bravest rider for jumping, and this horse is still green, and based on the above hasn't done alot.
Due to the recent vision loss, I am struggling with knowing what is right/wrong to do with him, and how and when to decide what is next.
I know every horse/rider combo is different, so I know I have to listen to him and what he's comfortable with. But I tend to lean way more to the conservative side.
So how did you know when it was ok to start getting back out and push the training/competing with your horse?