Eyesight - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 01-27-2009, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 49
• Horses: 0

Hi! I was wondering if anybody could tell me the signs of a horse with possible eyesight problems...like blindness? Im thinking a horse at the barn im at has vision problems.
ticklytiger12 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 Old 01-27-2009, 11:11 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 682
• Horses: 0
Some signs are not blinking when you go near their eye (but sometimes that's hard to distinguish because they may blink from "feeling you" near their eye). I was told to throw a cotton ball near their face on the side you are worried about when they are standing calm and see if they react to that (But don't throw it on the eye, just near the face). A vet would TRULY be able to tell if the horse is blind or not. Is the horse's pupil dilated during the day? Or any forms of cloudiness? Those can be some signs.

John 14:6 - Jesus said unto him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me."
PiggyPablo is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 01-28-2009, 09:53 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Maine
Posts: 3,850
• Horses: 2
Hi, curious to know why you think this horse may have an issue with sight.
My own experience with my mare T started with display of light sensitivity, eye would water in sunlight. She also started to lower her head like a bloodhound in the paddock when walking.

How old is this horse and what breed (some breeds are more prone to eye issues than others , though that is not always a definite I have found in research)

There is a wonderful sight called the guardian mask that I came across in researching my mares conditions, it provided a lot of information and hope.
Walkamile is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 01-28-2009, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 49
• Horses: 0
She is a 20-21 yr old foxtrotter x TWH. Her eyes do water somewhat alot more so when she is outside. When she comes in from outside, for her finding where her stall is to go into, she looks like she sniffs to find it than look for it like the other horses. She also goes into the wrong stall sometimes, but the other horses do to. When i flash my hand in front of her face, she dosent seem to react but im not sure if thats just her. I will have to do some more 'tests' tonight, but i have to make sure that her owner dosent see so she wont get worried. But i will update u! Thanks! Also she stubles alot when ridden.
ticklytiger12 is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 01-28-2009, 12:22 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Maine
Posts: 3,850
• Horses: 2
ticklytiger12, T is a very stoic mare so many of the tests you can do at home were not really helpful. It took the vet examing her eyes to determine the issues, which where inpart due to old age and to an injury in one eye (that I did see of course) and off we went into the frustrating world of uveitis aka moonblindness. The vision issues she displayed were also due to macular degeneration, though I wonder if in fact it isn't cataracts. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm just thinking out loud.

I guess what I'm trying to say while I'm going around the barn is don't be surprised if this horse doesn't react to the cotton ball test or the finger test ect... some horses and T is one that tolerates a lot.

Good luck.
Walkamile is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 01-28-2009, 10:38 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Southcentral Kansas
Posts: 1,591
• Horses: 5
Some other signs would be the horse startling at things that are not normal for him, tipping their head to the side, stumbling over rough ground, bumping into things. Some of those would be more advanced signs. My appy has ERU, aka moonblindness. The first signs of ERU is squinting, watery eyes, pain in bright sunlight during flareups. If this horse has signs of eye pain be sure to have a vet check for ERU.. Timely treatment will help to slow the progression of this disease.

Appyt is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome