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    01-11-2012, 12:42 PM
Is his red eye normal?

Traum's left eye is red around the pupil, at first I thought it was just due to bringing him home with the weather being a bit colder. But his eye is still red but it is not weepy or draining, or seem to be bothering him at all.

He is 1 1/2 years old gypsy/ QH. Any ideas would be helpful! I do have some antibiotic paste from the vet from my last horse that I got about 2 months ago, would it be benificial to maybe use this on Traum?

Here's a pic. I'll try and get a better one tonight when I go to the barn.

Thanks in advance!
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    01-11-2012, 12:43 PM
Oh, and that antibiotic paste is not an oral form, but goes on the eye itself.
    01-11-2012, 12:44 PM
Can you call a vet to ask them the question without having them come out and if needed then have them come out?? You would get alot better advice that way. I have never seen a red eye so I know nothing about it.
    01-11-2012, 12:46 PM
Yeah, me either. Almost looks like he stays out a bit to late at the bars lol :)

I could call the vet. Sure wouldn't hurt to ask.

The thing is, though, it doesnt bother him at all, I just don't get it....
    01-11-2012, 12:48 PM
It might bother him... some horses can deal with pain and never show discomfort depending on the problem. I would email the pic to my vet and call them to see what they think. And go from there..
    01-11-2012, 12:56 PM
Green Broke
My older mare's eyes are like that quite a bit. They get worse in the summer or when it's windy/dusty.
    01-11-2012, 01:01 PM
Thanks guys :)
    01-11-2012, 01:09 PM
Green Broke
Is it the 3rd eyelid (pink tissue in the corner of the eye) or the actual eyeball itself that is red?

I made a fool of myself one time with my vet because I thought my horse had an eye infection. I owned him for several years and one day noticed that his sclera (eyewhite) was pink. So I thought it was infected or had something in it. My great older gentleman vet, who has seen it all, told me his eye has always been like that, and it was something like the shape of his lens that caused it to look like that (I don't remember exactly how he termed it, but basically it was normal for my horse). And you know what, he was right. Even though I never noticed it before he eyewhite has been pink ever after and it causes him no problems, it is just normal for him. Really weird, because I am so detail oriented and I never noticed it.

However, I also had an older Paint gelding and the 3rd eyelids on him were always kind of inflamed and his eyes watered in the summer. I think it was skin cancer although he was around 30 at the time and I never had it actually diagnosed. The same horse had cancer on his penis.

Anyway, it could be something as simple as "normal for him" or an eye infection/something irritating the eye. Probably not cancer because he is still a youngster, but that can happen with older spotted horses.

Sorry I am not of more help, but I would be curious to know if it was the actual eyeball or the tissue in the corner (like the 3rd eyelid).

PS.................I just re-read your post and realized you said it was around the pupil. Sorry some of what I said is kind of irrelevant, lol!
    01-11-2012, 01:15 PM
Trail: No, you could be right that it could be a 3rd eyelid. Now that you have mentioned it, I've thought that too when I'm out with him. I'll have to take a closer look at it tonight.

I really hope it's not that cancer! Or the begining of it :( I know how that goes, my first pony had cancer in the eye, we removed it and he was fine for a couple years, it sucks though.

    01-11-2012, 01:17 PM
Green Broke
Well, he's pretty young so I doubt it is that. My Paint was around 30 when I thought he might have eye cancer.

Hopefully it's something normal for him. But keep an eye on it and if you're not sure it's okay better safe than sorry and ask a vet.

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