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post #1 of 15 Old 12-06-2012, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Question eye problems?

today while taking care of duke, I noticed he had his right eye was only half way open. He didnt seem to be in any pain and the other eye seemed okay. Could his eye have been poked by a stalk of hay?
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I would like to add that the edge of the eye is sort of dark blue(he has brown eyes), but he's had that ever since I can remember.
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I would get it checked ASAP! I had a mare that actually had a thorn in her eye ball. I had to give drops several times a day to flush it out. If it didn't come out she would had to go in for surgey..
I wouldn't wait and see for eye issues.
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I would get it checked ASAP! I had a mare that actually had a thorn in her eye ball. I had to give drops several times a day to flush it out. If it didn't come out she would had to go in for surgey..
I wouldn't wait and see for eye issues.
Exactly. It could also be an ulcer in the eye. I would definitely have a vet come check it!
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I looked at his eye and it looked normal except that it was partly closed. I will check it again tomorrow morning and try to get a picture.
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Ok so I got the picture. He has been opening his eye more today and here is the picture, it shows the 'bluish' line I was talking about. Sorry its not too clear.
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no worries..well you can worry.seems most do..lol...but I would bet he got as you said a stalk of hay in it. Or hit it scratching.or something. Its not watering so I wouldnt worry . If it doesnt get lots better in a couple of days.then get the vet. But im more old school. Horses heal so much better then we give them credit for. Good luck.. hope im right...ride safe everyone
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no worries..well you can worry.seems most do..lol...but I would bet he got as you said a stalk of hay in it. Or hit it scratching.or something. Its not watering so I wouldnt worry . If it doesnt get lots better in a couple of days.then get the vet. But im more old school. Horses heal so much better then we give them credit for. Good luck.. hope im right...ride safe everyone
Thank you so much I will definitely keep an eye on him.
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post #9 of 15 Old 12-07-2012, 10:42 AM
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Oh, I hate eye problems!
I have the vet out almost any time I see a swollen, goopy, watery eye. My gelding Cowboy has terribly sensitive eyes, round bales really do him in (but he's gotten infections in the summer) and one or the other gets infected at least twice a year. His eyes have been checked 8 times since I got him, ugh!!!

My vet keeps me stocked up on Apexa Neomycin/Polymyxin/Bacitracin ophthalmic Ointment. He comes out or I call it in, he's taught me how to examine.
I don't *think* yours has an ulcer, it's not swollen enough, BUT 99.9% of the time I get mine checked. You have to really get a good look at the tear duct and above, check for swelling, look for foreign objects.
I've seen Cowboy's eye get cloudy/blue/greyish (scary) but I don't think yours looks too bad, especially since it's always been like that. Again, with eye problems it's best to get the vet out. Has the vet ever checked that out?

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I just went through the same thing with my mare this week.
Swollen, weepy eye.
I checked her at dusk~ still swollen and icky.
I decided to wait until the morning to decide on a vet.
She was totally better by dawn. We even rode.

I hope he heals quickly. Poooor babies!!!
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