Judging; Visual Impairment
I’ve been searching for advice from a judge, or someone knowledgeable about blindness in morgans, specifically when it comes to showing.
My horse has recently lost sight in one eye. We are incredibly lucky he’s taking it well, and was able to keep the eye ball itself, despite it’s impairment, however I am saddened this may stunt his success as a high level show horse. I am discouraged to put more money into training and getting him ready for show season if he will be over looked, or penalized merely for a scar on his eye.
I’ve been told, it shouldn’t be considered in a qualifier, but may be in a championship, and that in in-hand it would be unacceptable- however like I said, if we’re wanting a high level horse, championships and in-hand would be important… I’ve looked over the rule book meticulously and can’t find my answers. It says branding, and eye color should not be penalized, but I don’t believe either include scars to the eye. It says scars from wire cuts or rope burns, are considered blemishes which are penalized sometimes. A blemish is an abnormality that does not affect the serviceability of the horse, whereas a fault is a deficiency in conformation or a condition which will eventually affect serviceability. Is it considered a blemish or a fault? Blemishes would be penalized in in-hand and pleasure classes? Could a judge clarify things for me, or give their opinion on how they would approach this situation. Much appreciated.