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post #1 of 13 Old 02-14-2011, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Grey horses (that have greyed out to white)

I am probably buying one, and was warned that they have increased eye issues. I would love some input here! I have searched the internet for info but all I have learned is many of them get melanoma.
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-15-2011, 12:15 AM
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As long as the skin is not pink around the eye I don't think they have any problems
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post #3 of 13 Old 02-15-2011, 01:27 AM
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Yeah, alot of greys have melanomas and they live a full life. It's not a guarantee that they're going to be bothered. I have 3 greys, two of them have melanomas. One mare has alot of small pea size ones that I just watch. If they get too big I will have them taken off. My other gelding is 14 and has had the same one for years. It hasn't changed so I don't worry about it. As far as blindness, you'll have to ask your vet about it. My horses are fine. BTW very pretty horse
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Thank you both!!! I am in love, he is too cute! Vet check is on weds!
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I haven't heard anything before about grays being predisposed to eye issues... My gray mare has quite a few melanomas but they don't slow her down at all. The only thing I have to do different with her because of them is that she can't wear a bit because she has them in her mouth... But other than that, she's fine, melanoma-wise.
Eye-wise, she does have this "thing" where she can't see very well in dim light conditions so she's a little spookier at dawn and dusk. But, I have no idea if that's becuase of her color or her age. The vet said it was because of her age (26) and I'm inclined to believe them...

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I have a going on 16 year old grey who doesn't have any eye issues. Sounds like an old wives tale to me.

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I have owned gray horses since 1966. I have had at least one gray stallion since 1968. Right now I have one gray stallion and about 35 other gray horses. I have not even had very many with melanomas and have never had one with eye issues.

I would think that this person might be talking about roan or gray appaloosas. Appaloosas have a very high incidence of Uveitis which can become recurring, chronic and/or cause total blindness.
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Thanks everyone...really appreciate this...keep em coming, since I am looking for this answer from the majority! :)
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I also have a gray horse, he's 9 this year and I've never heard of eye issues related to the color. It is possible for some to get melanomas around their eyes but that's it.

Unfortunately, melanomas are one of those things that an owner of a gray horse will usually have to deal with eventually. I had 2 fairly large ones taken off my guy the year before last and he has several more small ones. Most of the time, they are just an aesthetic issue because many of them are just on the surface. I am very particular about checking my guy every few weeks to see if any of them have gotten bigger or if there is any more. The ones that I had removed grew large very quickly but these smaller ones that he has now have not grown much, if at all, since they first popped up.

We had a gray mare years ago that was healthy up into her 30's even though she had a lot of melanomas. Most gray horses will die of old age long before the cancers become life threatening.

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I agree with smrobs. Just keep an eye on them. If they get too big and are in a bad place on the horses body than have them removed, otherwise just leave them alone and keep an eye on them. For me, I have a show horse and if they are where they are very visable, I have them removed. Most of my horses are pea sized and where they aren't very visable. I don't worry about them.
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