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 that's 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.