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    06-21-2011, 06:52 PM
Cornea scraped away... Very worried. :(

The vet has been out.

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.
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    06-21-2011, 08:08 PM
Horses cope with blindness/partial blindness very well. Of course with an eye injury like that there may be a chance that he might lose partial or full vision in the eye, in a worst case scenerio, but don't cross that bridge till you come to it - if you ever come to it. Horses cope very well, it really shouldn't be a big deal even if he does lose full vision in that one eye.
Keep up on the vet care and on top of any sign of infection. Sounds like your horse is very lucky to have such a caring owner :)
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    06-21-2011, 08:44 PM
JustDressageIt, that is reassuring to hear... But I can't help but worry. I only know one horse who is almost blind in one eye, and she is a nightmare. Maybe 'nightmare' is a bit extreme... She's a nice old horse, but she flips her head up in the air at ANYTHING coming near her bad eye. It drives my boss nuts because she can't be used for 'horseketball, ring toss, 'the name game', carrying a flag or hula hoop, or any other pony games that involve throwing. I don't want Quincy to get that way. Besides, he's the only horse I have who is really built for dressage, which is what I want to do more than anything in the world. I don't want him to be shy on one side or go crooked one way while doing dressage tests.
    06-21-2011, 09:10 PM
Green Broke
The key to an eye injury is cleanliness and good care. Don't let infection set up in it and you will be fine.
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    06-22-2011, 03:30 PM
We're following the vet's orders to a T, but what if that isn't enough? He said that even with proper care, there was a chance it could become infected.
    06-22-2011, 03:40 PM
Are you keeping a fly mask on him? That will help to keep dust and debris out of his eye while it's healing.

Even if worse comes to worst and he goes blind or partially blind in that eye, there's no reason to think he can't compete in your chosen discipline.
    06-22-2011, 04:25 PM
Green Broke
I don't know if this will help, but I have a fully blind horse. He does very well, although he's extremely cautious. He does run into things but knows where the hay bale is, and where the water is at.He's completely ride-able. He also learned his name and vocal commands from being blind. I guess it's more of a curse than a blessing.
    06-22-2011, 05:48 PM
We had a fly mask on him, but he hated it and our other gelding ripped it off anyway. :( We can't seperate him either because he is an escape artist... As well as being quite drafty.. And he always gets back in with the others. :(

He's not stallable. If I need to go into detail to explain it, I will, but just suffice it to say that he was beaten in a stall and will not go in... If he does go in, he doesn't stay in for long. We are working on it, but we aren't about to force him.

Fortunately, he has never rubbed his face on the ground while rolling like the others sometimes do. I don't know why, but his face is never dirty. So far it looks really clean. We have been putting ointment on constantly and he still isn't headshy about it, so it must not be THAT awful.

I really don't think he could compete in all of the disciplines we want him to if he were blind in one eye. All I really want to do with him is showmanship, dressage, and English equitation. My fiance wants to jump him though. :( How could a blind horse possibly judge a jump?
    06-22-2011, 05:56 PM
I really think you're making more out of this than it needs to be. You've already been told by numerous people that partially blind horses can do everything their fully sighted brethren can. Yes, even jump.
    06-22-2011, 05:59 PM
I know you are very stressed out by this, but you need to realize that he may not go blind in that eye. You are clearly doing everything you possibly can in order to help your horse. As long as you keep applying the ointment an keeping it as clean as possible to stop an infection, you should be okay. And even if he does go blind in one eye, everything will still be okay. My farrier has a mare that is blind in one eye and that never stops him from doing what he wants with her. He does dressage, jumps her, and even goes galloping with her at night in the local park. You'd be amazed at what horses can do even if they lose their eye sight.

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