Tell me about eye issues in appys.

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    06-01-2012, 07:59 PM
Tell me about eye issues in appys.

My BO has an appy gelding on trial, but neither of us is familiar with the breed. What are some genetic issues to look out for or any other information pertaining to the breed in particular. I heard that there was an eye issue that is somtimes more prevelent in appys (moon blindness/uveitis?) other than him needing a UV protecting flymask on the majority of the time due to a lot of pink skin on his face he seems rather hearty and laid back. A real cool dude.
Also, if anyone knows anything about his breeding, that would be helpful too. I'll add his registered name later when I can get to it.

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    06-01-2012, 08:27 PM
His registered name is Blaze N Bright Socks.
    06-01-2012, 10:29 PM
You need his sire or dam for more info. You could try .
Or find out from the owner . I have seen kind gentle appys, and have owned and sold some real obstenant appy's. I think they are pretty. They as a breed are bit different in temperment . And even though this is going to start a hoopla.. color breeds (appy paint pinto ) be careful with the lineage, as they can be line bred to point of inbreeding. ANd yes I did have a horse that was so line bred she was in bred.
    06-01-2012, 10:31 PM
Oh, and if Vet has checked this horse the Vet can tell you if the horse has eye issues, because the cornea is affected.
    06-02-2012, 02:41 PM
Thanks for the info. Bumping.
    06-03-2012, 06:13 AM
Green Broke
I own an Appaloosa mare that has some eye issues. She has swelling in the third eye lid which makes her eyes not drain properly. The only real side effect is that she gets real goopy around her eyes and her face gets kind of chapped from the constant drainage. I clean her up daily and put some vasoline on the chapped area and she is good to go. I don't know if the swelling has anything to do with her being an appaloosa though. The major thing with her is that she has a lot of pink skin so whenever its sunny she wears a fly mask (including in the winter), and in the summer she wears fly sheet and neck cover.
    06-08-2012, 01:42 AM
I rode an appy for about a year as a teen. His name was Snickers. He was extremely obstinant, though I cannot attribute this to his breed, per say. He was a jumper, and a good jumper, at that, though in general, I see them used more often in western riding sports...

He loved to stop before jumps and run out...that also was my issue, however. If we were jumping anything with any spread to it at all (any oxer), ESPECIALLY one with water "simulated" beneath it, forget it! I would only truly be committed about 3/4 of the time, and he was one to take advantage of any rider "issue" & stop/run out at the final moment. Many a fall was had thanks to Snickers!

Otherwise, my trainer now has three appys, which her 15 year old daughter rides. One of whom is 31 years old (purchased when much younger and not blind, obviously!), completely blind, and she still shows her on occasion, WP AND WINS! The mare looks 10 years old and is in perfect health, despite being blind...she allows her rider to "be her eyes" & no one ever can tell she is blind! The horse is essentially "retired", but this mare LOVES TO SHOW, so she shows her, and rides her judiciously to keep her healthy and in shape).

Further, she purchased her daughter two years ago a 3 year old leapard appy, whom she has brought up from a yearling and is beginning to ride and is simply beautiful and as sweet as can be, as well as a fast learner!

This may not have been much help, but, my trainer would NOT HAVE INVESTED IN APPYs for her daughter (she breeds very high end Warmbloods for Dressage and researches every horse for years (lineage, etc...)before CONSIDERING any horse/foal, thus, if she trusts in the breed, that tells me a lot...
    06-08-2012, 10:57 AM
The majority of moon blindness in Appys is found in the homozygous ones - fewspots and snowcaps. Other than that, they have the same eye and skin issues as any horse with a lot of pink skin. I've never had any problems with mine, but it is probably only a matter of time as I have one with a heck of a lot of pink skin...
    06-08-2012, 03:08 PM
Excellent! Thanks for the info everyone. He is a varnish roan (I think that's what it is called) and is supposed to be from very good, old lines. He does have a strange hue to his skin. Instead of the normal pink, his is more of an orange color. The vets have looked into this, thinking he might be jaundiced or something, but he is healthy in that department. They say it is just him. The man that she got this gelding from claims that his coloring is indicative of horses from his line and is a throw back. Supposedly it is good?

I am learning a ton about them. He is the sweetest guy. I kind of like him. (ya know, even though he isn't an arab. ;P )

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