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post #1 of 4 Old 11-30-2011, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking at a 21 month old QH that had an eye injury when he was around 9 months. He seems to be ok now and seems to be a very sweet horse. He rides well and doesnt seem skittish due to the eye injury.

I guess what I am worried about is the actual dead eye itself. Does this have to be removed? I noticed that it leaks a little bit. Just trying to get some opinions on what the outlook is for the bad eye long term?
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First off, howdy and welcome to the forum .

Honestly, the best person to give you a good answer to the future care of the eye and whether or not it would have to be removed would have to be between you and your vet. We can do a lot of speculating but not much more.

The thing that concerns me most is that he is only 21 months old and is riding "well". That is a very young age to start a horse undersaddle and will predispose him to arthritis as he ages. Personally, if I bought that horse, I would want to turn him out to pasture until he was at least 3 to give him time to finish growing so that I wouldn't be inflicting any more damage on his growing skeleton.
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First off, howdy and welcome to the forum .

Honestly, the best person to give you a good answer to the future care of the eye and whether or not it would have to be removed would have to be between you and your vet. We can do a lot of speculating but not much more.

The thing that concerns me most is that he is only 21 months old and is riding "well". That is a very young age to start a horse undersaddle and will predispose him to arthritis as he ages. Personally, if I bought that horse, I would want to turn him out to pasture until he was at least 3 to give him time to finish growing so that I wouldn't be inflicting any more damage on his growing skeleton.
point taken.

I also thought he was a little young but the owner said he just started riding him about 45-50 days ago.
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I am looking at a 21 month old QH that had an eye injury when he was around 9 months. He seems to be ok now and seems to be a very sweet horse. He rides well and doesnt seem skittish due to the eye injury.

I guess what I am worried about is the actual dead eye itself. Does this have to be removed? I noticed that it leaks a little bit. Just trying to get some opinions on what the outlook is for the bad eye long term?
He is not even 2 & riding???
What exactly was the extent of the eye injury & what does the eye look like now?Is it normal looking or white / cloudy. Does he keep his eye wide open or squint with it.How was it treated at the time of injury ? Need more details.

I have a mare that had a very bad eye injury as a baby.She received aggressive treatment to save it.She has a very small residual scar visible.She does have eyesight in the eye but am sure probably a blind spot in her vision.It has not effected her. She was successfully shown in her younger years & is now our a family riding horse.She is 12 yrs & have never had an issue with her eye since that initial injury.
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