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BLIND horse update: post 36 and question re: evaluating vision in a horse...

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  • BLIND horse update: post 36 and question re: evaluating vision in a horse...

    The vet is due to arrive any moment, but my TB gelding who is already blind in his left eye was acting funny this morning at feeding time. They told me he seemed cold, so I ran out to check on him. He was grazing calmly when I went out, but as soon as he heard me he threw up his head and acted alarmed. I walked up to him and he relaxed and let me lead him toward the gate, when I though 'man, his bad eye looks really bad today..' and then I realized it was his good eye. Its inflamed, a bit cloudy and very runny. He tripped into a stall and bumped each wall and bucket, so he's obviously not seeing anything. He's not paniced though, just unsure. Does moon blindness come on that fast? Hoping its just a scratch or ulcer. I'll update after the vet is out. Major jingles please?
    Last edited by eponacowgirl; Jan. 22, 2009, 01:41 AM.
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  • #2
    BIG JINGLES!!!! Please keep us updated!
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    • #3
      Jingles! Maybe he scratched it? Or the wind blew something in it? Jingle, Jingle!
      She wasn't running away with me, I just couldn't stop her!


      • #4
        Lots of jingles, Let us know what happened. and is happening.


        • #5
          Awwwwww man. Jingles!!!!
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          • #6
            Jingles! Keep us posted.
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            • #7
              More jingles...


              • #8
                Jingling for you with both hands . . . I was in your shoes last year with a horse at my barn
                ~ A true friend knows all there is to know about you and still likes you. -E. Hubbard


                • #9
                  Oh gosh, Epona, thats scary.

                  Hope the vet has good news!
                  "Aye God, Woodrow..."


                  • #10
                    You got jingles! Hope it can be cleared up quickly!!
                    "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

                    Spay and neuter. Please.


                    • #11
                      Jingles from pa! I felt with moon blindness in my mare for years and am in the middle of a mystery blindness in my pony now, so I know how you feel. If you need to talk, pm me
                      True love is taking their pain away and making it yours
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                      • #12
                        Many jingles!
                        Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


                        • #13
                          What was the cause of the loss of sight in his other eye? If it was an illness, could he have the same thing in this eye?

                          Jingles from Texas....


                          • #14
                            jingling here from NY. As some know my Clydesale Doc had his right eye removed on the 29th of December (cancer). He needs his left eye taken out in the spring.

                            I would say now, watching him in his pasture, with his buddies, he has Maybe 25% eyesight. The cancer is blocking his left eye now and he can't open it much. He gets around pretty well, plays too. He's only bumped into things a few times-the fence, which often we don't have on much, the water trough. He's really adjusting.

                            My point, and as other reassurred me, was that they do adjust. I make a point of touching him each day so he knows I am there and I talk to him often.

                            Let's hope your boy does not lose all of his eyesight but there are lots of blind horse who have full lives.


                            • #15
                              sending huge jingles your way!!!


                              • #16
                                Jingles from Wisconsin!

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                                • #17
                                  I gave a pony away once to a family that had a Percheron X mare with moon blindness. She wore a special fly mask with big round mesh eye holes. This pony became her eyes for a long time. Good luck.
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                                  • #18
                                    Jingles from FL for you and your horse.
                                    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                                    • #19
                                      shoot, I'm home late and was hoping there was an update...

                                      Sending get well thoughts and prayers from the arctic north...
                                      InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                                      Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by JaneeneSings View Post
                                        What was the cause of the loss of sight in his other eye? If it was an illness, could he have the same thing in this eye?
                                        The "bad" eye was the result of an injury when he was young, IIRC.

                                        Massive jingles for your dear Ari! Call if you need me...heading back your way in the AM.