I have a coming two year (2/19/06) swedish warmblood cross gelding by my late stallion Ricky Martin.....he was born with cataracts and could have a perfectly normal chance of eye sight if he had the new surgery....which is very expensive. Any way to make a long story short....I have to find another home for him. He has been labled as "non-working" by my board members and they have ruled that he must go. He has a somewhat normal life....goes outside daily, with other horses.....he sees the fencing, he runs and plays like a normal guy....you would never know he can't really see until you look at his eyes super close. If any one out there could open their home to him I would be forever in your debt. He is free...obviously....but I know this is the "give-a-way" thread and I wanted to make that clear.
PS This guy is beautiful. Bright chesnut with lots of white. Perfect mover, athletic and a super personality. He would make a super dressage or hunter if he had the surgery....
He was born with cataracts....has had a full exam done at UGA and was deemed a canadate for the new surgery where they disolve the cataract and draw it out....the outlook was amazing...but the cost of the surgery was between $6000 and $10,000 and they can only do one eye at a time so he would have to return for additional surgery. They said with the surgery he could have a completly normal life including riding....jumping...whatever....All his records will be made available.
I'm not in a position to take on another horse, but if I were I would snap this guy up. Blind does not mean a horse cannot have a wonderful, useful life. Anyone hear of Valiant, the event prospect who went blind and was trained in dressage after he went blind? Blind horses can do anything sighted horses can do, except jump. This boy's potential is not nearly as limited as many think.
Just wanted to wish you as much luck as possible in finding a home for this baby. I cannot afford a horse let alone one that requires surgery. I also wanted to inquire if Ricky Martin was ever on tv?? If he was the horse I saw a few years ago, I wanted to let everyone know he is an amazing looking animal, and this horse should have great potential.
I keep seeing this adding and wishing there was someway I could take this boy. He sounds lovely but I just don't have the money to keep 2 right now and pay for college. But I did want to add that one of my good friends has a nearly 2 yo filly with the same condition and she is doing quite well without the surgery. As she is getting older her eyesight is getting a little better and even with the cararacts. So if someone is thinking of geting this horse, they can live and even thrive with the cataracts. You don't know how much I wish I had the money right now to bring this boy home with me but good luck finding him a great home
I have spoken to Nicole and we have decided that James Dean will come live with me. He will be arriving to me tomorrow in Versailles KY in the afternoon. He will have a good life and I will get the surgery done for his eyes!! Nicole's computer has been down so that is why she has not been able to get online. Hopefully she will be back soon!!!