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post #1 of 22 Old 06-08-2008, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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True or not?

Is it true that most Appaloosas go blind? The older they get or is it just the breed?

My friend has a Appy mare and she tinks she is going blind she is spooking alot and her eyes are like glassy looking anf then there is another one of my friends that board where I use to take lessona the lady breeds Arabs and appys and she has 3 older horses tha are blind and has a 4 year old stud that is blind! And there all appys and now my friends appy gleding that boards there is going blind they found out he has Kadaracks (Sp?) and there ahveing to send him a way to see if he is able to have surgey

This is really bothering me because BucK is a POa and I know there is Appy in that and I don't want him to go blind to or any of these horses?

What could be going on?

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post #2 of 22 Old 06-08-2008, 11:14 PM
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I honestly havent heard of it but I know of 2 Apps that have gone blind. A short tail App mare went blind at 19 and another App Gelding my friend owns went blind in only one eye at 16.

This will be interesting because my Mustang has appy in him....

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post #3 of 22 Old 06-08-2008, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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I know this has really got me worried my friends geldong that she is having to send away is only 5 I think and she just started jumoing him and showing him in dressage :(

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post #4 of 22 Old 06-08-2008, 11:29 PM
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Moon Blindness

Appy's do have a tendancey to get what is called "moon blindness". My mom's twenty seven year old Appy's eyes began to degenerate and that is one of the reasons why we put him down. It might have something to do with the scerlera that they have around the eyes. Idk But yes, it is typical somewhat of the breed to have the eye disease like that.

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post #5 of 22 Old 06-08-2008, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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thank you for the info so far :)

More is welcome

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Hm, now that I think of it I've known two blind appies.

I'm going to look into it and post later.
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Never heard that before...if it's true, then aww. :(

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post #8 of 22 Old 06-09-2008, 01:15 AM
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Yes, Appys, particularly foundation appys, are prone to moon blindness. Basically the eye no longer dialates properly and too much sunlight damages the cornea and retina. It is VERY painful to the animal and most of the time the eye has to be removed and sewn shut. I have met 3 appys that have had moon blindness by the time they were 22. Many horses can continue to run around quite happily after the eye is removed, but it is something of concern as it is a genetic trait that is very prominant within the appy breed.
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Yes, Appys, particularly foundation appys, are prone to moon blindness. Basically the eye no longer dialates properly and too much sunlight damages the cornea and retina. It is VERY painful to the animal and most of the time the eye has to be removed and sewn shut. I have met 3 appys that have had moon blindness by the time they were 22. Many horses can continue to run around quite happily after the eye is removed, but it is something of concern as it is a genetic trait that is very prominant within the appy breed.
Correct and as far as your friends stud being blind, he should be gelded
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post #10 of 22 Old 06-09-2008, 08:59 AM
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Yes, Appys, particularly foundation appys, are prone to moon blindness. Basically the eye no longer dialates properly and too much sunlight damages the cornea and retina. It is VERY painful to the animal and most of the time the eye has to be removed and sewn shut. I have met 3 appys that have had moon blindness by the time they were 22. Many horses can continue to run around quite happily after the eye is removed, but it is something of concern as it is a genetic trait that is very prominant within the appy breed.
Correct and as far as your friends stud being blind, he should be gelded
I've known a few blind apps myself. Is it genetic?
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