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post #1 of 22 Old 08-12-2013, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Big brown spot in eye?

Hello Health Gurus, i'm posting a pic of my mare Chloe's eye, her right one. Only because of this huge brown spot in it, I can't remember what it is called, but I think it may affect her vision to an extent. She only spooks on her right side, especially if i'm riding. If it helps she is a Mountain Pleasure horse, double dilute black = Smoky Cream, if her color would have anything to do with it. Any thoughts on what could have caused it, and if it will get worse/better in time? Your help is much appreciated!! Thank you!

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post #2 of 22 Old 08-13-2013, 03:37 AM
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Is that new or changing at all?
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Is that new or changing at all?
I noticed it when I bought her, and I didn't think anything of it, until I started riding her. It hasn't changed, but it seems to disappear when her pupil dilates in the evening or early dusk. I think just where it's at it may be affecting her vision or something.

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I would probably have the vet out to look at it, because I don't mess around with eyes. That's just me though. I used to be the wait and see type of person but both of my horses have cured me of that. You can always send your vet a photo and ask :)
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I would also have a vet look at it. ASAP.

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I'll give her a call today, and see what she thinks, and maybe later this week or next week have her come up depending on her schedule. :) She'll be coming up to give my colt his shots anyway...

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I think what you're talking about is called the corpora nigra. That little blobby looking thing that's sort of over the top of their pupil? It has something to do with protecting their eye from sunlight.

Of course, if it seems like she's having sight issues on that side, have it checked out, but it's perfectly normal for a horse to have those and they can vary in size from really small to really huge.
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I see an actual brown spot on the lens in this photo myself. That is not normal.

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I think what you're talking about is called the corpora nigra. That little blobby looking thing that's sort of over the top of their pupil? It has something to do with protecting their eye from sunlight.

Of course, if it seems like she's having sight issues on that side, have it checked out, but it's perfectly normal for a horse to have those and they can vary in size from really small to really huge.
That's what it is!! Thank you Smrobs!. I know they are normal, but i'v never seen one this big before, she has 2 or 3 smaller ones in her left eye, and they don't seem to infringe on her vision. I just noticed she spooked a good bit on her right side, and thought that it may have something to do with it. And yes she is rather sensitive on very bright sunny days.

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That's what it is!! Thank you Smrobs!. I know they are normal, but i'v never seen one this big before, she has 2 or 3 smaller ones in her left eye, and they don't seem to infringe on her vision. I just noticed she spooked a good bit on her right side, and thought that it may have something to do with it. And yes she is rather sensitive on very bright sunny days.
That could also explain why it seems to go away when there's low light outside, no need for it!
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