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    11-19-2011, 08:45 PM
Question Horse might be going blind....?

Okay so my quarter horse gelding has always been a bit of a problem. He is 9 years old, excessively spooky, not exactly a joy to ride, rears and bucks, has reared/ bucked me off, same to my uncle but also drug him, has the BEST speed I have ever seen off the track, extremely athletic, and not ridden often due to his very violent episodes of saddle spooking. He also has that stallion personality that was not lost in the gelding process. He is very aggressive with geldings when a mare is present (in heat or not) he has been broke many times by professionals but is a horse that will lose his training if not done EVERY day.. he has so much talent and potential but has so many issues that me as a rider and noted professionals have not been able to fix.

A friend of mine and myself while riding him in the arena about 4 months ago noticed that his pattern is that he spooks in unfamiliar places (anywhere outside the pastures...) and when we looked into his eyes we noticed a bit of cloudiness. Very minimal.
Today I did a join up in the roundpen and noticed he hit the gate a bit when going around. I remembered the eye thing and after successfully joining up, I looked into his eyes. They are both a bit bluish now and a bit cloudy. I looked at my other two horses and their eyes did not look like his. He is not blind, I know this, but I believe he is losing his eyesight...... how can I know for sure?

I tried the fingers in front of his eyes but he did not blink, but I have reason to believe it is because he has such a trusting relationship with me. I am not sure though. I will attach a pic when the sun comes up again and I am able to. Please help!!
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    11-19-2011, 08:59 PM
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I would be inclined to believe he has eye issues.

I would make an appointment with vet as soon as their office opens Monday morning.

A friend's TWH was just diagnosed as having cataracts in both eyes, which sure explains his unorthodox spooking

So please call a vet as soon as you can.
    11-19-2011, 09:01 PM
Needs a vet to diagnose. Could be an old injury with very minimal vision loss. Or could be signs of cataracts, uveitis, cancer, etc.
    11-19-2011, 09:04 PM
Thank you both, I believe that is what I am going to do. So what I am describing does give you notion that he is blinding?
    11-20-2011, 04:25 AM
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Originally Posted by allisonjoy    
thank you both, I believe that is what I am going to do. So what I am describing does give you notion that he is blinding?
Don't jump the gun yet. See what the vet has to say. Many things can be treated. If your vet doesn't give you a detailed treatment plan or diagnosis you may need an eye specialist.
Good luck.
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    11-20-2011, 12:59 PM
Green Broke
I'm having some eye issues w/my mare, too-we have a vet appt tomorrow morning, so prayers for both of us!
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