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    02-26-2012, 08:14 AM
  #11
Showing
It's in both eyes? That's pretty rare. This might sound very far-fetched and a bit crazy, but does he have a pasture mate? If so, try attaching a bell to the horse's halter. I've read a lot of success stories like this. He's not completely blind, but he'll be better off trying to stick by this horse's side when he goes to get water, come in from the barn, etc.
     
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    02-26-2012, 08:29 AM
  #12
Foal
Yep, both eyes. But I was told to expect that at some point, I was just hoping it was going to be later than sooner! Wish I could afford to put a pasture buddy with him. With all the rescue horses in my area it would probably be easy to shelter one. But again, there is a problem: he was never one to "play well with others"....maybe at this point in his life he would re-consider that behavior. Maybe I can borrow a horse........
     
    02-26-2012, 08:39 AM
  #13
Showing
Even a miniature would suffice. They're low-maintenance (Mine eat 1-2 flakes of hay a day and stay porky) and don't need as much space. If he can hear another horse going towards water and the pasture gate, he might do better. The other thing to consider is that introducing a new horse will undoubtably result in some fireworks, and your boy is at the disadvantage with his sight. Again, a miniature would be better for this reason, as they can't inflict as much damage as a full-size horse.

Good luck!
     
    02-26-2012, 05:14 PM
  #14
Foal
Got him out today with much better results! He had moments when he got a little nervous. I just sat in the barn and watched him for a long time. He walked around a bit more than normal and he had some difficulty finding the hay I put out for him to munch on. But he is figuring this out: he walks to where he thinks the fence is, sticks his nose out til he finds it, turns and walks down the fence line. Plus he found the water trough today. I think the big difference was there was little to no wind so no spooky noises from the trees. Left eye is really looking better but the right eye is still very tearful and hazy. Taking each day one at a time.
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    02-28-2012, 07:27 PM
  #15
Foal
I am so torn about what to do for him now. We had 2 days of good eyes and then today, after being out most of the day with the guardian mask on, he came in, in obvious pain and what appeared to be no vision. He is soooooo trusting of me. He will go where ever I ask him. Even if the eyes clear up, will his vision come back, even a little bit? I pulled my original notes from when this all started 2 years ago and at that point I kept him in the stall for many days, while the meds worked, only hand grazing him in the dark of early morning and late in the evening after sun set. This was with the permission of my vet who has been around for quite a while. Now, his younger partner is saying with a mask, its OK for him to go out. While I trust her and like her approach to things, I think I am going to go back to the stall rest for a while. I can't get to my original vet now who has just had surgery. If only my horse could talk to me...
     
    03-03-2012, 08:22 AM
  #16
Foal
Vet came out yesterday and we are now fighting acute UVeitis in the right eye. Being very aggressive with the meds for a few days to see if we can get it under control. Prednisone drops, 4-6 times daily, atropine 3 x's daily, Neo Poly Bac 4x's daily and 10cc banamine for 5 days, then 5cc's for a few more. There is pus and blood in the eye with some calcium deposits starting to form. Cross your fingers for us and say a little prayer.
     
    03-03-2012, 04:46 PM
  #17
Foal
Give him time and he will adjust better than you will :)
     
    05-17-2012, 09:46 PM
  #18
Foal
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Originally Posted by snootyfox    
Been in your shoes once before and lost the horse's eye. Now am in your shoes again with my present horse. If your vets aren't eye specialists I can refer you to two of the top eye vets on the east coast. One is in Lex, Ky and the other is in Lou, KY. May not be able to have an in person appointment but maybe a phone consult with your vets. They have a drastic measure now that involves a steroid injection in the back of the eye. The success rate in pretty outstanding . I also started into some interesting alternative treatments in support of the conventional and my present horse has been free of flares and I'm reducing his eye ointments.

My original vet was trying to help but actually making things worse! PM me if you want their contact info (not comfortable publicly posting their numbers without permission).

I have a 6yo Paint and he has uveitis in his right eye. He had a flare up today and he's obviously in pain. I buted him and gave him a calming supplement to calm him down but I know I need to do more to save his vision. I absolutely do not want him to go blind in that eye and I do not want it to spread into the other eye. I also do not feel comfortable asking for help from the vet because they don't always know the best way to help. So, I saw your post and wanted to know what to do/who to call. What is the best way, in your experience, to treat this now before it gets worse?

Please please help. I've put so much time, love, and effort into this horse. I've already saved his life once... He really doesn't need to go through any more pain. He's also very talented and has quite the career ahead of him...

Let me know what to do.
     

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