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post #1 of 9 Old 02-07-2013, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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my mare has uveitis

my mare has uveitis and the vet her previous owner was going to didnt know alot about it so they prescribed two different medications. I have had her for about six months and now she is completely blind and has to have her eye removed. The vet said I shouldnt ride her anymore after the eye is removed, I have heard of people riding completely blind horses and this is just one eye. I only use her for trail riding. I want to continue riding her but I don't know what to do.....
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-07-2013, 10:47 AM
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Get the surgery, let her heal then ride her. She'll be fine. Also keep a close watch on the other eye.
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that's what I was thinking. I don't know much about the disease, the vet said it wount spread to the other eye but she also didnt know what to treat her with, that's why she is blind now
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Sometimes no matter what is tried the eye is lost. It's a difficult disease to treat.
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post #5 of 9 Old 02-07-2013, 07:49 PM
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No reason in the world not to ride a horse who has had an eye removed.
Let her heal well then ride on.

I personally would keep a good fly mask on a horse with one eye to protect the eye that is left when he/she is turned out.

Just DO it and be happy that you can!
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post #6 of 9 Old 02-07-2013, 08:48 PM
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My horse also has uveitis and is almost all the way blind in that eye. As she's lost vision we've had to adjust. I have to be patient her and let her get a look at things with her good eye. I ride endurance on her still and she does great :) spooks a little more but not bad! Def watch the other eye bc it is possible it may get it too!
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You can absolutely ride your horse after the eye is removed. I have an 18 yo gelding who lost the sight in his left eye several years ago due to uveitis, I did not have the eye removed as it was not bothering him at that point. He is the same safe, sane trail horse he was with both eyes. The left eye has atrophied over time and has become "weepy" over the last couple of weeks & he is going in Monday to have it removed. Do be aware that your mare may very well have issues with the other eye in the future, learn everything you can about the disease.
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post #8 of 9 Old 02-07-2013, 11:11 PM
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Well, let me tell you about eyes! LOL. I have a wonderful little mare that had moon blindness a bit in one eye, but it would only flair with high winds, it seemed. We had it under control with topicals and bute. She's be down for about a week, then right back in the game. Then for fun she poked that same eye with a stick in pasture, so she now had an eye ulcer. Which turned into a fungus infenction. Which turned into us putting a tube above her eye and then pushing meds through it 4 times a day. I held off on the tube at first, hoping we could get it handled without an invasive treatment. I have to say, GET THE TUBE if your horse ever has an eye infection that's isn't being handled topically. It worked wonders. Her eye is a bit scarred, and she has some loss of vision, but overall it's great. She's never been spooky, and we've worked a lot on her "blind side" with no issues whatsoever. A 1-eyed horse can be a 1-derful horse....hee. Here's another tip: the Guardian Mask. You can buy it online if you google Guardian. It's real UV protection, and the it has "bug eyes" that don't irritate or push on an eye that's already sensitive. My girl has 2, so I can rotate and wash them with frangrance-free soap (extra rinse).
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These are the best! Very well made and worth every penny:

Guardian Mask - Uveitis, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Eye Cancer & Eye Injuries
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