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Hello my name is Stormy.
I'm blind and I can only see two feet infront of me.
I don't like to go faster than a trot or pace.
Would walk trot pleasure be an event that I con do?
Oh by the way I'm 29.

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Stormy,

Congratulations on reaching such an advanced age!  If you were people you'd be in your early 80's.  I have a pony who is your age and doing very well.  But, he is special needs because his teeth are shot so he cannot each hay or grass.  Just quids it up and drops it.  So he gets fed a mush of beet pulp and hay cubes soaked, with a high fiber/high fat/low starch 3 times a day.  He's in great shape, still does lessons, goes for short drives and does pony rides a few times a year.  Still plays vigorously with a 20 yr. old Mustang gelding who is his bud.  But I don't ask  him to work like he did 10 yrs. ago.  

It's kind of up to you and what you are comfortable doing. If walk trot pleasure means a show class it might be more than you can handle with your limited sight distance because there will be other horses around you in the ring.  At 29 I think you've earned the right to pretty much do only things that you are happy doing.  If you enjoy going out on a little trail ride with a friend fine but I think being in a large group of unfamiliar horses would be hard on you with your limited vision.  

Lyn

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Lyn Kamer, C.E.S.M.T.

Expertise

Training, alternative therapies, saddle fitting problems, behavioral problems, endurance riding, driving, Mustangs

Experience

Horseman of over 50 yrs., certified equine massage therapist, trainer both riding and driving, long distance trail riding and driving. Both endurance and competitive trail riding and driving.

Organizations
American Endurance Ride Assn., Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Assn., New Jersey Trail Ride Assn., Aromatherapists International, American Mustang and Burro Assn., United States Trotting Assn., Standardbred Pleasure Horse Org., US Wild Horse and Burro Association

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Trail Blazer magazine, AERC Newsletter, Hoofbeats magazine

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Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Least Resistance Trainer, Certified Aromatherapist

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