What's frustrating to me is that the Appaloosa Ass. has the resources to help pinpoint which lines uveitis is predominant in. This condition until they eventually go blind is very painful to them during a recurrence episode. While T doesn't display obvious outward signs of the pain, I know she hurts because I know this horse and can see the very subtle signs. I just kills me that she has to suffer during these recurrence's even though I do everything I can to ease her suffering and aid in lessening the episode.
My vets have told me that because she is losing it gradually, she will adapt quite well. They also told me that if there is enough trust between us she will be fine riding. We ride only on the trails, but they also told me that she will let me know if this is something she can do. Temperament wise (again, known in the Plaudit line that wonderful no-nonsense temperament) she has always been level headed and steady.
I suppose I should just count our blessings that this is the only issue health wise she has ever had. And she is 20 and not a young horse, so her later years will be not real challenging physically other than our trail rides and over night camping. That may end when she's completely blind as keeping her in her familiar environment will be very key to her.
I'm glad to hear ChevyPrincess that even though your mare went blind, her 4 colts never suffered the same affliction. That is so comforting to me for Walka's sake (that is T's last offspring, he's 11 now, fingers crossed no signs yet). I do not wish this on any horse or owner. But, knowing that others have found ways to adjust and allow their beloved horse to continue to not only live but live comfortably and securely is so important to me. Thank-you.