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        09-08-2013, 11:27 AM
      #61
    Weanling
    LostDragonflyWings, do they know what caused the eyes to be missing?
    Vet thinks poor nutrition and genetics. We are thinking the same.
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        09-08-2013, 12:09 PM
      #62
    Yearling
    I'm very sorry to hear this update :(
         
        09-08-2013, 04:00 PM
      #63
    Trained
    So sorry to hear such a sad update, but kudos to you for giving her a chance, and then for letting her go, two good decisions I think.
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        09-08-2013, 04:12 PM
      #64
    Weanling
    Thanks, it wasn't easy.
         
        09-08-2013, 04:31 PM
      #65
    Yearling
    I would think it entirely depends on the horse. You can't just say "If it's blind put it down" right off the bat. Some horses would take terribly to blindness, and be constantly spooked and afraid. For a horse like that, yes, putting it down would be best. Some horses would take it in stride (There are a few HF members with blind horses if I remember correctly.) In the case of a horse BORN blind I would be even less inclined to put it down - that is the norm for her. She has no idea she's blind. She's never known anything different. I own a blind bird - not the same as a horse but it's an animal where sight is just as vital. She's doing fantastic, has been blind since birth and is a feisty little thing just like her sighted cousins.

    Keep an eye on her and see how she adapts. I would not put her down unless she starts showing signs of going downhill because of it - stress, spooky, constant fear, etc - but because she was born that way I would guess she'll do just fine as long as you're prepared to offer the extra care she needs.

    EDIT: Just read the update. Sorry to hear it - sounds like she had issues beyond blindness. :c
         
        09-08-2013, 05:29 PM
      #66
    Started
    Sorry to hear your story has a sad ending. She certainly was very lucky to have such a wonderful home while she was alive.
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        09-08-2013, 05:53 PM
      #67
    Yearling
    She deserves a chance but if she becomes dangerous or just plain miserable then it'd be best to let her go, like you did, so sad,poor girl but she got the chance she deserved. I guess a little girl in heaven needed a friend.
         
        09-09-2013, 12:40 AM
      #68
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by AndersonEquestrian    
    Unfortunately it did not end as well for our filly. One day while I was going to get her, I saw that she had laid down under the fence and would need assistance to get out. I grabbed my friend and opened the gate up. Well, when she stood up she stumbled and lost her footing which turned into a violent siezures which left her paralyzed in a screwed up position for about 15 seconds. It was absolutely horrifying.
    She would have 5 more of these seizures over the course of 3 days. We decided that she was already a liability being blind, young, and simply a horse so we made the tough decision to put her down. I have seen horses have seizures but never this bad. Unfortunately, I don't think her brain developed properly and I don't think she fired on all cylinders so to speak.
    These seizures got increasingly worse as the days went on...

    RIP Stevie.
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    I am so very sorry to hear that! I am also sorry that she seemed to have so much more going on than just blindness. :(

    I agree with the decision to put her to sleep due to her seizures, etc. Had it just been the blindness, she may have had a better chance. :(

    How old was she when she was put down?
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        09-09-2013, 12:46 AM
      #69
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by AndersonEquestrian    
    LostDragonflyWings, do they know what caused the eyes to be missing?
    Vet thinks poor nutrition and genetics. We are thinking the same.
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    Neither Cody's initial owner's vet or our vet said anything as to why they did not develop fully. His mom is/was well cared for and the owners breed Andalusians, so she has had foals in the past. This is the first "not normal" baby they have had.

    Our vet said it was good that Cody could turn and walk in both directions, and said that as long as his head tilt didn't get worse that he should be fine. Did your friends filly's head tilt get worse with time? Was she ever able to turn and walk in both directions?

    Cody has been deemed, by our vet, to be otherwise healthy and "normal".
         
        09-09-2013, 01:05 AM
      #70
    Weanling
    I didn't notice the head tilt getting worse but then again I realized the inevitable and spaces myself from her because she chose me as her person.. As cheesy as that sounds. It was very hard for me. She could walk in both directions but I knew she preferred one way over the other.
    I looked into fluoride poisoning but her mom was in good well water. I honestly think she had a predisposition for it and the lack of nutrition made it happen or there was simply not enough nutrition to grow 100%. She was very little and she was not formed properly in many other ways.

    It is such a shame because she was smart and sweet.
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