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post #1 of 5 Old 10-30-2011, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Horse with cataracts

Hey everyone. Im having a problem that I would really like some insight on. I recently was given a 12 year old arabian horse who I love to death! He is the sweetest and most gentle horse I have ever had. However, he has what I consider a pretty bad cataract. The guy we got him from said he wasnt blind in that eye but im pretty positive he is. The problem I am having is that he is stumbling ALOT. Unless we are on a road, he can barely make it through trails with out stumbling. Some stumbles are pretty bad. I know he fell on his previous owner last month but I just assumed it was a typically horse fall, untill I began to ride him and realized he is VERY clumsy. My question is, is there anything I can do to help him with this problem. Excerises? Im not sure how long this cataract has been this bad and I don't even know if he's had time to adjust to his blindness. I don't want to get rid of him but I am kinda afraid of riding him, for my safety. Any insight would be great.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-30-2011, 03:13 PM
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Has a vet seen him and given an opinion? If not, that would be where I would start and hopefully you've got a good equine vet in your area

The stumbling could be related to his blindness, it could be related to his hooves being too long, or it could be something else altogether, which is why a vet needs to give him a thorough exam
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Has a vet seen him and given an opinion? If not, that would be where I would start and hopefully you've got a good equine vet in your area

The stumbling could be related to his blindness, it could be related to his hooves being too long, or it could be something else altogether, which is why a vet needs to give him a thorough exam
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No I have not had him but a few weeks. I was wanting to take him to vet just to get his thoughts. Just haven't had the time yet to take him.
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Yes, a vet exam is where I would start. There could be multiple things going on.
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