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post #1 of 34 Old 04-07-2012, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Peppin had a bad day (graphic)

poor little love, this is the last thing that he- or for that matter- out farm, needed.

This morning I went out to the farm to feed the geldings and put some fly spray on all of them (flies are terrible right now ._.), and I couldn't find little Peppin- which I thought was strange. He's usually the first to come up to the gate for some loving. I wasn't really worried though, I figured he was probably grazing or annoying the goat- so after I fed the other boys, I went out to look for him. Checked the pasture, no Peppin. Water tanks- no Peppin. So I headed into the woods. Well thats when I noticed that there was a trail of what appeared to be blood leading deeper into the brush. Ofcourse, that scared me- so I set off running. I followed the trail and it just kept getting bigger and bigger, until I finally noticed him standing half-hidden on the bushes, head practically on the ground...and blood matted completely over his face.

I immediately caught him with by belt and brought him up to the front. I had no idea what was wrong because there was so much blood, and he couldn't see- so it took a lot of work but finally I got him up there and called the vet. We scrubbed away some of the blood so that we could see what had happened...and realized that one of the mats wasn't a clot of blood at all. It was his eye. Somehow Peppin had managed to rip his eye completely out of it's socket so that it's bulging out and down, practically hanging by a few nerves. I had no idea what to do so we stopped and waited for the vet, to arrived about 45 minutes later. They immediately sedated him to examine his eye, and after a few minutes we were informed that they weren't going to be able to save his eye- it had already begun to die and was almost completely detatched.

After some talking, we decided that the best option was to remove the eye and sew up the lid- so it was cut off and stapled shut. He's now on a whole line of antibiotics and antiinflamitories, and will be put in a stall with a fly mask and gause for atleast a week.

Its just so sad, because Peppin is one of the biggest, most hansome weanlings I've seen in a very long time- and we were adversizing him to a show home. Now, he'll be half blind for his entire life. And that's going to make him really hard to rehome- as well. The good news though, is that the bet believes that he will heal quickly and cleanly, and as long as he keeps eating and adjusts, he should be perfectly fine without his eye, and may even be ridable later on. Until then though, we just have to keep an eye on him and hope for the best.

I'm telling you, we've had the worst luck with these poor OTTBs. And we still have no idea what could of happened to him to cause that. He's only with two other geldings, and both of them were picked for their gentle natures. They've baby sat plenty of youngsters so it makes no sense for him to of been kicked...and I'm not even sure that a kick could cause that. He has no other swelling that we can see. But theres also nothing sharp in their pasture. I went and looked for myself. The fence is electric and is reinforced by a wooden fence, and theres no wire or sharp buckets anywhere.

I just hope it wasn't someone who came and deliberately cut his eye out. Theres been a lot of that going on lately around here ._.

so...prayers for Peppin would be appreciated! He has a lot of adjusting to do. Also, do any of you have a horse who suddenly went partially blind, and what did you do with them? Any tips, even cosmetic for less scarring? Are yours ridable? Thanks guys.

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post #2 of 34 Old 04-07-2012, 06:46 PM
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Awww, poor Peppin. I wouldn't be too worried it was a sicko poking his eye out, a molecule of air could be responsible, knowing how horses are. Hope he's feeling better soon.
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Omigoodness! That is horrible. Poor guy. But I am so glad he didnt lose more than an eye. I know of a lot people that ride horses with just one eye. He could end up being just fine. Keep us updated.

And the thought that someone might do that to a horse on purpose makes my skin crawl.....
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Goodness, poor thing! How awful.

Sending healing vibes his way!
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Oh my word!!! That poor thing. Hope the healing process is quick! Prayers for Peppin! :(

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Oh dear! That is horrible! Sending healing thoughts. His young age is definitely on his side as far as adjustment.

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Oh my goodness, what is with all these HF eye injuries? You, OuttatheBlue, me....Srsly.
Everybody run before we all have one eyed horses!!

In any case, poor Peppin! On the plus, since he's young he should adjust pretty well...though it does hinder his later in life possibilities. Maybe he'll become one of those "defying all odds!" horses and become a world class show jumper or something equally suhweet.
My fingers are crossed for him and I'm thinking him some healthy thoughts. :) Also *hugs*
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Hugs to Peppin and more to you for your saga of woes. Who knows how he got hurt. A tree branch maybe? Like Waresbear said, a rubber room can be dangerous for horses. Likely you may never find out the cause.

I've never had a blind / 1/2 blind horse, but I almost adopted one once. He just refused to get on my trailer, otherwise I'd have him here now. When you do find a good home for him, it will likely be a very special person because only someone special will understand.

Healing wands over Peppin...
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Eh, it was probably done while playing or mock-fighting the way youngsters do. They can pluck out their eyes in all sorts of ways, and you may never figure out how he did it. I wouldn't worry overmuch that it was some sadistic sicko.

Poor baby, I'm sorry he's hurting. He can live a full, useful life with just one eye. Many horses do.

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I am praying he will get better!!

A gelding at my old barn had to have his eye taken out due to cancer last winter, but when I visited I was so happy to see him being ridden again!!
I think that horses who have only one eye are very hansom!

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