Our pasture is 70% forest with lots of winding trails that the horses love to gallop on. Being young and naturally energetic, they all tend to get a little rowdy, particularily when they think they need to race eachother. The trails are only wide enough for the horses to run two abreast.. But that never stops them from passing eachother. I can only guess that's what happened when Quincy scraped a dent into his cornea a couple days ago. Quincy is a 5 y/o rescued Georgian Grande gelding. His eye was just a little droopy on the first day, and yesterday it was swollen and weepy, so the vet came out today to look at it. He gave him some "liquid horse trainer" and dabbed a dye strip in his eye. His tears turned flourescent green and you could see the scrape right away. He told us it was a pretty dramatic injury, but it hadn't gone deeper than the outermost layer. It wasn't infected and looked pretty healthy for what it was. He gave us some ointment and told us to apply it as often as we could. If it starts running alot, swells shut, or his eye sort of bubbles out at the scrape, we need to call back because those are signs of infection and he may lose his eyesight. Even if this works out 100% as planned and his eye heals, he is going to have a tiny spot of blurriness in his vision.. The vet described it as "a bug on the windshield".. But I can't help but think that, when my horse is an old-timer, he might have some vision problems in that eye. Only good thing was that we were able to give his feet a proper trim after the exam thanks to the "liquid horse trainer"; he was mishandled in his previous home and associates trimming with violence.
The main reason I am so worried:
When I was younger, right when I started looking for a horse of my own, a friend of mine bought a pony I really wanted who was very sweet. The pony got a tiny scratch on her eye, and all my friend had to do to make it get better was to use a special eye rinse on the pony's eye twice a day. She was too lazy to rinse it out, and that poor pony, who is probably only 7 or 8 today, is now blind in one eye. Quincy's eye is way worse... And while I know for sure we will take much better care of it, I can't help being afraid. Quincy is the most valuable horse we have. He can't go blind.