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    10-06-2009, 08:59 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Question Does anyone out there know if it's true?

I have been informed by a friend who was told that the Plaudit line of Appaloosa's is known to have Uveitis . As some of you know, I have been battling to save my mare T's sight due to this little understood condition.

Do any of you know or have heard if this is true? Or does anyone have any advice on how to find out if there is any truth in this. Since I have T's last foal , Walka, I am hoping it isn't, don't know if I can handle this again. So far he hasn't displayed any of the early signs that T did.

Thanks in advance for any help or direction.
     
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    10-06-2009, 11:02 PM
  #2
Started
I know my appy had a blind eye. I don't know if he was in the Plaudit line though. I could give you a link to his lineage if you want?
     
    10-06-2009, 11:21 PM
  #3
Weanling
My POA (who was almost all appy) had blindness, and so did my mom's friends Appy when he got old. I always thought it was something Appy's were more susceptible to... I could definitely be wrong though! :-/

Edit: http://www.blindappaloosas.org/ that website says I'm right, appy's are more likely to go blind, regardless of lineage... :( Unless I misunderstood, and you already knew that but were asking if THAT line had even MORE susceptibility to it.... sorry if that's the case!
     
    10-07-2009, 06:19 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Did some research last night and am now properly pissed off with the Appaloosa Horse Association! They could easily request input from all those registered to track which lines it is predominant in but flatly refuse to even acknowledge that uveitis is an issue period! So much for putting what's best for a breed ahead of the old $!

So, from what I've found out is it will be virtually impossible for me to find out if this is something the Plaudit line is known for. So, it's just speculation for now based on a handful of appy's in the Plaudit line.

What frustrates me so is that I truly love this breed and actually this line in particular. Seems to me to select the best choice of breed you need honest info about all their pros as well as cons. But, seems the breeders have taken a don't ask don't tell and if asked look like you've never even heard about it stand!

I'm going to keep up the search, maybe it will help someone out there to make a more informed decision.

I did read about a couple of horses that went blind very suddenly and adjusted very well. That was encouraging to me, hopefully T and I will have many more miles and time together. And with what I have stumbled on for info, I will try to prolong the inevitable outcome for T.

And thank-you BaliDoll, that is a site I found too and was very helpful.
     
    10-07-2009, 06:26 PM
  #5
Yearling
Appaloosa's are prone to moonblindess more than other breeds. My boyfreind's mom bred with the Plaudit line. Her mare, before she dies, was getting horrible eye sight. But her four colts are age 18+ and have no vision problems.

My applossa mare is of Goer blood and Magic Square, she does have moonblindness, moonblindness comes and goes. It will eventually make them go blind, but it has it's worse and better days. But it is very common in appaloosa's.

My old freind told me that one of the reasons Indians that rode appy's never attacked at night, was because the horses couldn't see very well. And if it started back then, it is still a problem today.
     
    10-07-2009, 06:28 PM
  #6
Weanling
I'm very sorry about your horse. My pony was completely blind but I still rode him. He lost sight in one eye, and slowly the other. He was a clever little guy though, it never slowed him down at all.
I read that part about the appy association not doing their research and prevention.. definitely frustrating and awful :(
     
    10-07-2009, 07:23 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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.
     
    10-07-2009, 09:31 PM
  #8
Yearling
I know someone who has an appy who is a son of Prince Plaudit. He is 22 yrs old now...a stallion , and to my knowledge he has never had a problem with Uveitis/Moon blindness. I know that he has sired many foals over the years , 2 I know for sure that my aunt has now..they were crossed with Quarter Horses. Again to my knowledge I have never known them to have any problems with blindness although I have heard as well that Appys as a breed are more prone to this.
I can find out some info from my aunt , if you would like to see what her experiences have been with this line , she has only ever said good things about this sire ......
     
    10-08-2009, 07:47 AM
  #9
Green Broke
RadHenry, yes , thank-you I would love any info your aunt has about this particular line. I am a huge fan of the Plaudit line, mostly because of my wonderful mare and the little I've been able to find about the line.

I am hoping that my friend's source is exaggerating his knowledge about this line and it's connection to uveitis, since he also said this line is known for horrible feet! T and Walka are barefoot and have awesome feet and have never had any issues in that department. My friend's mare however, daughter to T and full sister to Walka, does suffer from many abscesses and has flatter feet as does her daughter who will probably need shoeing if not corrective shoeing.

This is what I've been able to discover about the line and am curious if your aunt has the same info/experience.

Plaudit app's are slow to mature but once there are very sound and mentally calm and steady. They are very curious as opposed to run and ask questions later. They are wonderful family horses, enjoying people. Very friendly and open to anything new.

Thanks RH, look forward to hearing more about anything your aunt can share.
     
    10-08-2009, 09:31 PM
  #10
Yearling
I will either shoot her a email or talk to her this weekend and ask her . You can look up this stallion on all breed pedigree .com I will PM you with his name.
     

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