Even his "okay" eye doesn't look all that okay to me I'm seeing irritation and discharge coming from it too. He needs a vet now, there's not much of anything that we can suggest to help him because he needs professional, medical help.
Now, this is going to seem very rude to you but I think it needs to be said and I feel it's best to not sugarcoat things or else some of the impact of the truth might be lost.
You skipped a mortgage payment to pay for a horse that's blind in at least one eye (and judging from the appearance of the other, he may be totally blind before very long).
You have a wife and kids and are now behind on a mortgage payment. What in the world were you thinking?
I can appreciate that you wanted to stop this horse from going to slaughter, but you are endangering your family's home and you can't even give him the care that he needs. He shouldn't have to suffer and wait until you can afford to have a vet see him. That's cruel and it may be doing more damage than you know.
Did you even ask how he lost his eye? What if he's got cancer (which isn't uncommon around the eyes on horses with pink skin there, just so you know)? What then? Can you afford the cost of euthanasia and disposal? Are you going to have it treated since you love him and can't bear to part with him? How are you going to afford that?
This is one of my biggest peeves, that people "rescue" a horse (although, since you actually bought him, he doesn't qualify as a "rescue" anyway) but can't afford to give them the care that they so desperately need.
This. A thousand times this. I missed the part where you missed a mortgage payment to buy this horse. That is so amazingly irresponsible, I don't even have words for it. Your family needs a roof over their heads and food to eat. This horse needs many hundreds, if not a thousand or more in vet care. He's tied around the neck to a tree, for Christ sake - there is no reason at all that a horse should ever be tied like that.
Slaughter happens. If not this horse, then another. It is noble to want to keep a horse from that... But at what cost? The horse needs medical attention. Now. Not tomorrow, not next week. Now. If you wait on medical attention, the horse may have been better off being slaughtered; it is that cruel to not care for his eyes.
And your family.. Goodness.
You have a kind heart, and wanted the best, I'm sure.. But this is not the time for you to be taking on any horses, I'm sorry to say. Posted via Mobile Device
This horse may have gone to slaughter for good reason. Perhaps there's a lot more to that eye than just closing it up. There are times when the vets cannot help a horse and this is the only recourse. Not everyone had land to bury a horse so slaughter is the next option. Horses are put down humanely. This horse appears to be in pain so unless you want the Humane Society all over you, you should get the vet out asap. At least to have a look and what the next course of action should be. Keep in mind a horse eats 20-25lbs of hay daily.
This is why I'm pro-slaughter. SO many horses that will never get proper care and will sit and suffer(not saying OP if intentionally doing this but...)
It would be MUCH more humane to end this poor animals life.
Depending on how long he had gone and will go yntreated they may not even be able to close it up. Infection can spread quickly and being its an eye it may wreak havoc on his brain etc. you have done no favors by spending all your money only to not be able to properly care for him.
He needs a vet now! Some vets will do payment plans. Sorry I think you've been extremely irresponsible and I won't say good job as this horse is suffering either way at the moment. You let your feelings override good judgement on this.
$1500 is more than four times what I paid for my 'rescue' case, and she was already 90% rehabilitated by the time I got to her...
OP, this horse either needs to be put down now or he needs to see a vet tomorrow at latest. His eye looks very much like our colt Peppin's eye after her detatched the entire retina of his eye and it was dangling from his face...but it is extremely infected. Peppin's eye was seen by a vet within 4 hours (40 minutes after we discovered the injury) and even then infection had already started to set in. The eye had to be amputated and left open for a few days because of the infection and swelling (you should never sow up an infection...it just makes great breeding grounds for the bacteria), and it looked very much like this. Weepy, irritated, swollen, and EXTREMELY painful. Thankfully we caught the infection quickly and he was able to be sown up three days later, but if a vet had not seen him I guarentee you he would have died. I'm going to give you a general cost of what we had done for Peppin...in hopes of showing you just how costly taking on this horse and trying to save him will be. If you can't afford it now, call the vet and have him euthed immediately.
Initial call cost - $290, included antibiotic injections, amputation of the eye, and bute to give him three times a day.
Second visit the next day to evaluate swelling and infection - $80.
Third visit to stitch him up - $300 including sedation (laid full out), cleaning, stitches, and more antibiotics.
Subsequent visits 1 day and 1 week later to fix broken stitches (the swelling popped them) $200.
All together, it cost us about $870 to get his ONE eye healed up (obviously he is now blind in it) and we were lucky. It would have cost more if we didn't know how to remove stitches ourselves. We also had to go clean his eye 3 times a day and he had to wear a fly mask 24/7 for a month that had to be changed two to three times a day, and then we had to help him learn how to cope with his vision lost....and that was just with one eye. Your new horse needs help in BOTH eyes, and will be 50% blind at best.
I'm not telling you this to be cruel, I'm giving you reality. If you think you can do that amount of money...probably times two.... with the understanding that he might be too far gone or that there is a bigger underlying issue causing this, go for it. But he needs it done NOW, not when you can spare the cash. Maybe he'll be ok. Maybe he won't.
Even if he is ok though, you have to realize he will be a little different. Some horses do great with just one eye, some do great with NO eyes...but some do not. Peppin had very serious mental trauma after his whole ordeal, and was very skittish and agressive for a while as he learned to cope. It took careful training to bring him back to a normal state. He doesn't seem to miss his eye much, and I think that is because he lost his eye at a young age... but his depth and height perception are WAY off. Just last month he tried to jump a 5' metal gate for no apparent reason at all, and nearly died when he collided with it, fell over ON his neck, and gashed his knee. That vet and chiropractor bill was a hefty $300, because we weren't sure if he'd broken anything in the fall and he threw his neck and back out. He is a HUGE financial responsiblity. He's very sweet, but we often find ourselves wondering if we did the right thing by him by letting him live.
I hope that you do what it best for your horse. I can't tell you what is best because I am not you...your situation is not mine. But again, if you can not carry the burden of the financial end of this from the get-go...get out now. Put the horse down. It is not cruel to do that, you will end his suffering and he will thank you. Right now he is in terrible pain, and I can't imagine how he is feeling. Be his advocate...choose what you're going to do and do it now.