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    07-18-2010, 03:03 AM
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Eyesight and aging...

Could someone give me the low-down on some signs that may mean that a horse is losing his/her eyesight, how to deal with it, and what it means for life in general?

I'm just wondering because I've been spending a lot of time riding Lacey at camp this summer and I've been noticing that while she really isn't spooky at all in general, shadows and really bright spots in the forest really freak her out. She's pretty cool about it still but they definitely concern her and I really have to push her past them.

She is 25 so I expect that she does have some age related eyesight changes but is that something I should worry about or does it just happen?
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    07-19-2010, 03:52 AM
I just read in my veterinary handbook that horses do not go deaf or blind as they age like humans do. [They do, however, lose taste, lol.] If they are to go deaf or blind, it will be from another cause, not age.

I'm not sure how you're supposed to test her vision, so hopefully someone will know a little more on the subject. I do know that blind horses can have a productive working life, it's just best to keep them in the same pasture and with a buddy who can help them out. And don't ever feed/water them in a new place. =]
    07-19-2010, 08:05 AM
I sometimes feel my horse is not able to see me. He's really old can this be a sign of aging?
    07-19-2010, 04:49 PM
We have what our vet calls "our 800 year old pony". We don't know her exact age but it's mid to late 30's.

Falon has a little spook going from dark into bright light and visa versa, her eye's don;t seem to adjust as quick as they used to. She's also not be sure if she can make it by something, such as a wheelbarrow in a door way or threw a gate. This works both ways. We really have to watch that there is enough room for her so she doesn't get hurt. You never know what she sees, sometimes she'll think there's room when there isn't.

We also don't change anything in her paddock without showing her, if you move the water bucket she can't see it at first.

We make sure she knows were approaching, hearing not so great either..., so we don't startle her.

When the time comes and if she's still in good health we will put a foot or so of gravel all around her paddock so she knows the boundary, we're not there yet........

I don't have anything to back this up but watching her...... I think at the beginning when they are first loosing some sight it's a shock to them and they spook a fair bit, then they learn how to deal with it and adapt.

An eye exam might be in the cards to rule out anything that could be something more serious than just getting old.

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