Response from the owner - 6 months ago
Neel, we don't have ANY blind horses on our farm, but we do have 2 that have had to have one eye removed: one due to an injury and one due to an infection that was unresponsive to treatment. One of those horses, Stormy, is one of our very best, safest kids' horse, and the children argue over who will get to ride him at camp.
Horses are herd animals much like deer or birds, which means they are very social so they "follow the leader", are flight animals, and have a hierarchical position in the herd. Just because they have been domesticated doesn't mean that they aren't still herd oriented.
We train our horses to be as safe as humanly possible, but the rider does need to participate and at least attempt to give them some guidance. Otherwise, they will do what comes naturally. At the end of the day, we can't ride the horse for them. And if we could, it would be no different than the hobby horses at the carnival - mechanical and boring.
My suggestion to you would be this: learn about about horses before trying to ride one. We provide riding instruction prior to the ride, but clearly we can't cover every possible scenario in 10 minutes. Lessons in a more controlled environment might also be a better strategy for the more timid riders. We are a trail riding outfit. We ride on wooded trails out in the open. It's much more scenic and interesting than ring riding, but I guess it's not for everyone.