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    01-30-2013, 08:37 PM
Horse With Eye Problem

Hi my horse has uveitis which is a condition of the eye that is unfortunatly uncurable altho it can be caught before it progresses too far. My horse developed it about 2 years ago and her eye has slowly lossed some vision out of it although she still has some. I have ointment the vet gave me that I put in it every day which keeps it from flaring up. My question is does anyone know of a vitamin or supplement that could help or that strengthens their eyes? Or does anyone have a horse with uveitis and can relate?
Thank you!!!
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    01-30-2013, 08:46 PM
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Keep a fly mask on her in summer . Not much to help with that condition
    01-30-2013, 08:54 PM
Yes I forgot to say that, I keep a fly mask on her year round actually unless its cloudy. Thanks tho :)
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    01-30-2013, 09:15 PM
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I assume you mean ERU (Equine Recurrent Uvietis)?
My mare has it too! :)

The key with the flymask is that it MUST be a UV blocking mask. You are probably aware of this of course, but any old flymask is not going to protect her eyes enough.
Kensington masks and Cashel's both have some UV protection (not sure about Cashel but Kensington's have 60-something%) but not really enough, imo.
You can also buy a mask called a "Guardian Mask" which is super expensive but has a really high level of protection.
The other option is to buy UV-blocking flymask material at a fabric store (it's usually used in sunshades or to shade patios so it'll be in the utility section) and create your own mask using a darted flymask, that you take apart to use as a pattern, and limited sewing skills.
The last option is the one I did and it's been really great. I was able to create two 90% UV blocking masks, with cute trims, for under $30 for the pair. Less than one Kensington mask!

As far as supplements go, I've had luck with MSM. A Google search will lead you to the research surrounding it, but what I've read, and use, is a dose double the joint dose. To reach a level of MSM that's theraputic for eyes, you must give 30,000mg/day. It's a LOT of MSM but, at least for my mare, it really works!
I split it into 2 feedings per day.
I also, during the summer since my girl is basically in pain constantly when it's bright out - even with a UV blocking mask, feed a bit of Devil's Claw+Yucca everyday. Just enough that she's not in bad pain - usually that doesn't even end up reaching the lowest recommended dose. Those aren't great supplements super longterm but they're, imo, a bit safer than daily bute. Therefore I use just it in the summer and save bute for flare ups.
I also feed flax seed. She gets about 1/4 cup of it per day and, while I'm not sure if it directly helps her eyes, it DOES boost her immune system. Since ERU is an auto-immune disease, anything that boosts the immune system is my friend!

Apple cider vinegar may also boost the immune system but I haven't seen a whole lot of results with that. Perhaps it's the kind of ACV I buy or perhaps it's just Lacey's make-up. In any case, it might be something to try!

Hopefully that was helpful! :)
    01-31-2013, 09:57 AM
Wow thank you so much that helps a lot!!!! Glad to know I'm not the only person dealing with this. Just curious, what breed, color, and age is your mare Wallaby?
    01-31-2013, 02:49 PM
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No problem! :)
I totally know what you mean. Sometimes it can feel like a really lonely stress!

Lacey is an Arabian/Quarab (she's a very stocky Arab+she's not registered so not totally sure. Her dad was definitely a Polish bred Arab and she fits the Polish Arab "thing", but her mom is a big question mark). She's fleabitten gray and just turned 28. :)
She's had ERU for some time since she's mostly blind at this point but she unfortunately was not diagnosed until last April.

Funny story: I assume, from your user name, that your real name is Emily. Mine is too!
    01-31-2013, 03:29 PM
Well cool name :) I have a horse named Lacey too!! She's not the one with uveitis tho. Jazzy is the one and she's a grey arab also she's 13. Well thanks again for your input! I hope to help my sweet girl I hate to see her eye getting duller and duller :/
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    01-31-2013, 03:54 PM
My Gelding showed up with ERU, he is only 4. I feel bad for the little guy but he's a hard worker. I havnt had any problems with him. Just keep his face covered up when I put I turn him out.

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