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post #1 of 10 Old 12-30-2008, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Question Bloodshot eyes

My 7 1/2 year old mare has had bloodshot eyes since I got her 6 weeks ago. She doesn't seem bothered by it and has nothing else noticeably wrong with her, but it just seems odd. Some people have said that all horses have bloodshot eyes, others have said "no they don't" and the people at my barn don't believe that either.

So now I don't know what to believe?? Is it normal for her eyes to always be bloodshot like that? What could cause it?

BTW as a side note, she has very wide whites of her eyes...so maybe her bloodshot eyes are just more noticeable to me??

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post #2 of 10 Old 01-01-2009, 06:10 AM
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ITs hard to picture what you mean... do you have any pics you can show us?

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No I don't have any, I'll have to take some when I go up to the barn next. I'm starting to think I should just go ahead and call the vet...they don't seem to bother her, but who knows and I don't really want to mess with her eyes and end up having her get permanent damage or anything!!

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I would probably call my vet on that. I'm not sure what you mean by bloodshot. Usually if you have a vet that you use regularly you can call them w/ all kinds of crazy questions. They are pretty good about helping. If you don't want to call a vet just yet I would talk to the person w/ the most handleing experience that is close enough to look at the horse. See what they think. When it comes to the eyes, I dont' like to play around.....

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post #5 of 10 Old 01-05-2009, 11:33 AM
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what breed is she? Some horses just have extra white and it is easier to notice discoloring I would have the vet look at it, it may just be the horse or it maybe something else.
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I am concerned by you saying her eyes are bloodshot, assuming you are using the right term for what you are describing. If it is the no it's not normal. As it has been posted, some pics would be helpful. It might be something minor or even normal just the wrong term used
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Is it the Buckskin? I looked at your barn pictures and there's one where her head is to the side and it show's her eye quite well. It does look blood shot. I wonder if it's caused by an allergy? It sure wouldn't hurt to have the vet take a look. We have one that has a large portion of the conjunctiva showing, but it's very white.
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Is it the Buckskin? I looked at your barn pictures and there's one where her head is to the side and it show's her eye quite well. It does look blood shot. I wonder if it's caused by an allergy? It sure wouldn't hurt to have the vet take a look. We have one that has a large portion of the conjunctiva showing, but it's very white.
Yes, she's buckskin...but which pic in my barn are you referring to? I can't really see it in any of those pics, I need to get a real close up of her. On the plus side it seems to be getting better now that I've been turning her out more, so maybe it is something in the barn that's irritating her eyes? I'm going to call the vet tomorrow anyway just in case...

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I'm still not sure what the blood shot description means... but my fear is that there is a kidney or liver issue....?

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Yes, she's buckskin...but which pic in my barn are you referring to? I can't really see it in any of those pics, I need to get a real close up of her. On the plus side it seems to be getting better now that I've been turning her out more, so maybe it is something in the barn that's irritating her eyes? I'm going to call the vet tomorrow anyway just in case...
It's the one where she is tied in her halter. When I loaded it up on my screen it went quite large for several seconds before it sized it down. The red on the white part of her eye was quite noticeable.

If it were me I would have the vet take a look. You really don't want to mess with their eye's. Something that may not look serious can cause permanent damage.

In the mean time I would flush out the eye's with warm water and put a fly mask on. If this doesn't help to clear the red in a day or so, I'd call the vet.
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