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    03-23-2012, 05:27 PM
  #21
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
We had to treat a couple of eye injuries, too - one of ours was blunt injury, we think from a toe of a boot. (We bought the horse at an auction, and they were trying to 'train' him to be ridable in the ring for a better price....but it backfired when the 'trainer' kicked him in the head to make him flex or turn.) The eyeball itself was full of blood and it was gray-green on the surface with the clot behind. Very strange and very painful. Meds 6 times a day for about 4 weeks, then 3 times a day for another few weeks. Our vet kept in touch with an equine ophthalmologist for consultation, and the horse healed up perfectly. It took about a year for the whole clot to be broken down and go away.

The other injury was a scratch injury, we think from weeds or brush in the pasture, which caused a corneal ulcer. Again, meds multiple times per day for a few days, and then less often for more days. She healed up nicely but had a tendency to rub the eye (I think they are itchy when they heal), which set us back a little from time to time.

Both horses are fully healed now, and have full vision.

Good luck, it's very time consuming but if you can get the infection cleared up, and the ulcer healed, things will get better. If there's blood inside the eye from the puncture, or if the gel-like liquid in the eye has leaked through the puncture a little, the internal part of the eye may look awful and take a long time to heal, but be patient. Mother nature is pretty awesome if we can give her a helping hand and then stay out of her way.
Great to hear some positive stories!! I really hope his eye heals quicker than a couple months... I'm aiming more for a couple weeks tops haha.

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I wonder if one of these fly masks would stay on him better. It has a zipper instead of velcro. I think Bo and Brandy would have a harder time getting it off... tho I think it's Bo who most likely is the Culprit

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I like the zipper idea, but I don't know about that one in particular, the review said it got into the eyes.

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I can give him peppermints! Im good at that! Lol
Reily loves peppermints! Works out perfect, haha.



His eye is looking better swelling wise. The color is still hideous but he's keeping it open more. I'm wasting time for another 30 minutes before I head down there again, we have two more times for medicine tonight. I'm SO glad I live 5 minutes from the barn....
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    03-25-2012, 03:48 PM
  #22
Weanling
Frustrating...

So the past.. 4 days I have been out at the barn 5 times a day to put medicine in. I thought his eye was looking much better. It still has a poke-y spot in the middle (I'm going to remember to bring a camera one of these days...) but the swelling has gone down tremendously and I'm starting to see a blue-ish tone to his eye again. Well I called the vet today to have him come out tomorrow for a check up and he calls me back while I'm running errands and leaves a message saying he'll be at the barn in 10 minutes. By the time I got his message he was already there and gone.

Anyway I called him back and he said he didn't like how his eye was looking. It is still slightly swollen (MUCH better than a couple days ago) but most of the yellow boogers have stopped and he's opening it much more. Well the vet said he had his eye shut pretty tight but that he was looking at him outside (in the sun). He's worried about a fungal infection.

It's so frustrating it feels like I'm doing all this work for nothing! I'm also leasing him out right now, and don't want to loose this lease for a couple of weeks of no-riding.

I'll hear back from the vet tomorrow, I'm hoping it's good news but he's thinking as of today he might need to go to a clinic Anyone taken a horse to a clinic? How much should I plan on spending? (I'm a college student so this money thing is touchy for me but I know he's worth it)
     
    03-25-2012, 03:57 PM
  #23
Yearling
No idea how much it costs. Sorry to hear the vet is not thrilled with how it looks. He's probably concerned because even thought it's lots better, it's still got a ways to go, which may mean the treatment needs to be changed to address a fungal infection.

If he has a fungal infection, of course, the sooner you get on top of that the better - you have a lot to lose and as you say, he's worth it. The 'up side' to a clinic is that they can make sure the meds are administered by putting a little tube into the eyelid which allows very frequent dosing of the meds and keep an eye on things to make sure the healing is progressing as it should.
     
    03-25-2012, 04:08 PM
  #24
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
No idea how much it costs. Sorry to hear the vet is not thrilled with how it looks. He's probably concerned because even thought it's lots better, it's still got a ways to go, which may mean the treatment needs to be changed to address a fungal infection.

If he has a fungal infection, of course, the sooner you get on top of that the better - you have a lot to lose and as you say, he's worth it. The 'up side' to a clinic is that they can make sure the meds are administered by putting a little tube into the eyelid which allows very frequent dosing of the meds and keep an eye on things to make sure the healing is progressing as it should.
Yes, I'd rather be a bit proactive and save the eye. Ugh this is stressing me out so much! In the around 4 years I've owned my horse he hasn't seen a vet besides for shots and floating. I took that a little for granted I guess.


I feel kind of guilty because I'm stressed out over this for selfish reasons. I'm in the process of buying a new vehicle (mine has not too many miles left) which is expensive, show season is about to start and I don't want to loose my lease (which has helped me afford my horse while being a student). And of course I hate that my horse is in pain and even in risk of losing his eye and I just want him better again!
     
    03-25-2012, 04:13 PM
  #25
Yearling
I totally understand. My experience with horses is, as soon as you decide how to spend your money, along comes a big expense or vet emergency with a horse. Our most recent eye injury was with my new mare while she was on 30-day trial with me...I could just imagine her losing her vision before the sale was final.

Just talk to the vet - he knows you and if he thinks you're responsible, he could set up payments to help you over the hump...
     
    03-25-2012, 04:16 PM
  #26
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
I totally understand. My experience with horses is, as soon as you decide how to spend your money, along comes a big expense or vet emergency with a horse. Our most recent eye injury was with my new mare while she was on 30-day trial with me...I could just imagine her losing her vision before the sale was final.

Just talk to the vet - he knows you and if he thinks you're responsible, he could set up payments to help you over the hump...
Oh no about the mare! Did the eye end up okay? (I need to hear lots of positive stories right now lol)

Luckily my vet is super good with things like that, he understands a lot.
     
    03-25-2012, 04:27 PM
  #27
Yearling
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Originally Posted by OuttatheBlue    
Oh no about the mare! Did the eye end up okay? (I need to hear lots of positive stories right now lol)

Luckily my vet is super good with things like that, he understands a lot.

Yes, she healed right up, full vision, not head shy. Coming as it did during my 30 day trial, I didn't get to really check her out for trails but I bought her anyway. Today she's my steady-eddy trail buddy and I love her to pieces.

Modern medicine can do lots of amazing things and so can mother nature. Since your vet felt this was NOT a "do it today" emergency, versus "tomorrow we need to talk about going to the clinic", I'd think that he's being careful and cautious but isn't freaking out. So, it's too soon to tell. I really like it that he is talking about the clinic instead of a loooonnnngggg "wait and see" approach. At the clinic they can sedate him, take really good pics to send to equine specialists (ophthalmologists) (if there isn't one on staff), and clean it out or whatever they need to do; they can treat it and see from hour to hour how it's progressing. All good things.
     
    03-25-2012, 04:34 PM
  #28
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
Yes, she healed right up, full vision, not head shy. Coming as it did during my 30 day trial, I didn't get to really check her out for trails but I bought her anyway. Today she's my steady-eddy trail buddy and I love her to pieces.

Modern medicine can do lots of amazing things and so can mother nature. Since your vet felt this was NOT a "do it today" emergency, versus "tomorrow we need to talk about going to the clinic", I'd think that he's being careful and cautious but isn't freaking out. So, it's too soon to tell. I really like it that he is talking about the clinic instead of a loooonnnngggg "wait and see" approach. At the clinic they can sedate him, take really good pics to send to equine specialists (ophthalmologists) (if there isn't one on staff), and clean it out or whatever they need to do; they can treat it and see from hour to hour how it's progressing. All good things.
Good about the mare!!

That's true! I feel better about a clinic too, especially now that I have to be out there 5 times a day. It's going to get harder as of Wednesday when I'm back at work cause I'm working full time and I think I've pushed the limit for 'extended lunches' with my boss. I just hope it isn't going to be as expensive as I think it will be.

Ah there needs to either be a time machine so I can go back and have him avoid the stick OR some type of miracle medicine that will make him better... tomorrow.
     
    03-25-2012, 09:11 PM
  #29
Weanling
It's crazy how fast his eye can change. Starting this afternoon it started having more drainage from the actual puncture (ewww I know). He also started fighting the medicine more today

I remembered a camera, but it was a crappy one so the pictures aren't the best. I have found the better camera so I'll get that tomorrow. Also these were taken after I cleaned and added the medicine so he was more sensitive about his eye and I could not find a way to turn off the red eye flash thing so he kept squinting for every picture...

Comparison of his eyes.


This is the best picture I have but bad lighting (I'll use natural lighting tomorrow). The white dot is the actual puncture and you can see the cloudy color around it (it does have a hint of blue which is hard to see) it might also be hard to believe this is MUCH better than a couple days ago.




:( I kinda wanted to avoid the clinic at first, but if this is fungal I think clinic might be necessary.
     
    03-25-2012, 09:20 PM
  #30
Green Broke
Wow, his eyelid isn't nearly as puffy and swollen looking. Yesterday Kendra said his eye looked like a popped blister.... I'm glad it's looking better, hope it's not fungal..
     

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