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LadyAndMinerva

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winter's so bright my horse needs shades?
« on: January 09, 2018, 08:52:46 am »

Last spring when I had the vet out she asked if Captain had issues with light in his near eye.  Problems transitioning from a shady barn to a bright outside.  I said I didn't know as I keep him in a pasture with a run through.  I don't lock him in a barn and turn him out or anything.  I didn't think much about it again until recently.

When I got back from my trip in December his eyes were running horribly, both the usual offside one and the on side as well.  In fact the onside was much worse than the offside.  I put it down to my husband over feeding him since I'd come home to my pony that shouldn't have any hay bedded down in a stall full of about a bale of hay.  It calmed down some after I took over feeding him, but it was still much worse than normal.  I reordered his Heiro and it calmed down some more.  The offside almost stopping.  But the on side still running significantly.  I've been hemming and hawing on asking the vet out, but with the bitter cold I just couldn't see what they could do for him that wouldn't make things worse.

With the recent warm up the snow has lost its bright sheen and it's cloudy today.  So for the first time in weeks it's rather dull outside...and his eye isn't red at the corner today.  I just noticed how much better it looked when I stepped out there and haven't had time to research what this probably means for him or reached the vet for guidance.

Any insights from your experiences?
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kckc

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Re: winter's so bright my horse needs shades?
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2018, 10:49:32 am »

I'll be following this... one of my boys seems to have a bit of a weepy eye but I can't tell there's any issue... 
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Re: winter's so bright my horse needs shades?
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2018, 04:26:21 pm »

No experience, but why don't you try putting on a flymask? If it's the glare on the snow, it should clear right up.
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TN Trail Rider

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Re: winter's so bright my horse needs shades?
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2018, 10:41:27 pm »

Had a horse with a weepy eye and reaction to light.  With him, it was equine uveitis.  If that's a possibility, he should get vet attention soon as this can eventually lead to blindness.  Research this on Google and see if the symptoms match.
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Re: winter's so bright my horse needs shades?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2018, 07:21:09 am »

Same with one of my horses.  It turned out to be Uveitis.
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Little Freckles

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Re: winter's so bright my horse needs shades?
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2018, 08:11:30 am »

I think the majority of vets consider eye issues to be emergencies.  I think you need your vet to look at those eyes.
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Re: winter's so bright my horse needs shades?
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2018, 07:28:54 am »

runny eyes are one of the symptoms of Insulin resistance.  I don't know what breed you have but could be Uveitis which has to be ruled out.
« Last Edit: January 12, 2018, 07:32:23 am by MMLaurie »
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Winona

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Re: winter's so bright my horse needs shades?
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2018, 07:34:35 pm »

My horse had Cushing which first manifested by runny and irritated eyes. I would have the vet out. For now use a fly mask. Mine lived in one 24/7 and did fine. Does he rub his eyes?
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Re: winter's so bright my horse needs shades?
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2018, 05:50:12 am »

Have you had his tear ducts checked? It may be as simple as a plugged duct.
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Re: winter's so bright my horse needs shades?
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2018, 05:46:11 pm »

There is an equine eye specialist on Grand River Ave in Williamston.MI. here is the link:  https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwidnqPtnNbYAhVjyoMKHXGpCOoQFggqMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.eye-vet.com%2F&usg=AOvVaw3al9RSrFm6nsxBtY1twt6j
  This vet should be able to tell you what is going on.

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