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post #1 of 12 Old 01-03-2012, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Surgery on damaged eye?

Hello,
My neighbour's horse, Mari - Mari is also my Silver's playmate and friend - is blind on the left eye, apparently because of an accident.
To be honest, it looks awful. Shouldn't it have been operated out in surgery?
I heard that this is usually necessary if the damage to the eye is severe.
And the eye just seems to be in the way for her, it looks really uncomfortable..

I might upload a pic of the eye on here if anyone want it.
Otherwise I'll have a talk with Mari's owner and see what she says.
Wouldn't surprise me if she just hasn't got the money for the surgery.. but that's animal abuse, and then I'll have to take action somehow.

Grateful for all answers!!
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-03-2012, 06:27 PM
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That eye probably is painful.
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post #3 of 12 Old 01-03-2012, 07:54 PM
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So, is the eye hanging out? Bulging? Does the horse blink?
Surgery to remove the eye is not that expensive at all, maybe she can check into that.
Is the horse still eating and drinking? Sometimes when the eye has been injured, the nerves are damaged and there is not alot of pain involved. When was she hurt?
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Depends on numerous factors. Ask before assuming.
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post #5 of 12 Old 01-04-2012, 12:25 PM
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I have a horse that severely damaged her eye in a cross tying accident. They took the eye out and replaced it with a glass eye, and sewed the eyelid shut. But hers was SEVERELY damaged. Like pieces ripped off and hanging out.

I also know someone who has a horse that's blind in one eye, but still has the eye, blinks and everything. It's perfectly fine, he just can't see out of it.

Where is that picture anyway?
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-04-2012, 08:18 PM
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Mine is blind in his left eye, also from an accident sometime before I got him. The story I was told was that it was literally hanging out, and the vet was able to get it back in and healed somehow. It looks smaller than his normal eye and misshapen/discolored. It also weeps a bit sometimes. Point being, it's not always necessary to remove the eye, even if it is pretty badly damaged.
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post #7 of 12 Old 01-05-2012, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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So, is the eye hanging out? Bulging? Does the horse blink?
Surgery to remove the eye is not that expensive at all, maybe she can check into that.
Is the horse still eating and drinking? Sometimes when the eye has been injured, the nerves are damaged and there is not alot of pain involved. When was she hurt?
No, the eye isn't hanging out, but I haven't seen her blink with it.
I talked to her previous owner who was visiting Mari today, and I asked how it happened. Apparently Mari was kicked by another horse in the eye when she was still a foal. So she's had it like that for many years.
The damage to the eye might not be as bad as I've feared, I'm not used to seeing horses with damaged eyes, so maybe I am exaggerating.
But it is a lot smaller than her other eye, and it doesn't look normal at all.
I haven't got any pictures yet, but I'll try to get some the next time I'm there!

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I have a horse that severely damaged her eye in a cross tying accident. They took the eye out and replaced it with a glass eye, and sewed the eyelid shut. But hers was SEVERELY damaged. Like pieces ripped off and hanging out.

I also know someone who has a horse that's blind in one eye, but still has the eye, blinks and everything. It's perfectly fine, he just can't see out of it.

Where is that picture anyway?
Thanks. See post above!

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Mine is blind in his left eye, also from an accident sometime before I got him. The story I was told was that it was literally hanging out, and the vet was able to get it back in and healed somehow. It looks smaller than his normal eye and misshapen/discolored. It also weeps a bit sometimes. Point being, it's not always necessary to remove the eye, even if it is pretty badly damaged.
I understand from most of the posts here that it might not be necessary to do anything about it. I just posted this thread to be sure as I haven't been across many horses with eyes damaged like that before, and I don't want her to suffer in any way even though she isn't mine. She is a lovely horse.
I'll talk to her owner, though, and just ask in a casual way about this.
I might comment discreetly that it was lucky she didn't have to operate, or something.. I'll see what I can do.
Just want the horsey to be happy.

Thanks for all replies again, and if anyone have got any more comments, please post!
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My daughters barrel horse had one eye ran a very fast pattern. We have lots of horses that are used in hunting camps that have had injured eyes they can shrinknup and look smaller but that doesn't make it painful. I imagine she was injured years ago, has no pain in the eye and is just fine. The OP has just proven a huge example of making sure what is going on in a situation before calling in the animal control, the OP was already thinking she was going to "do something" if the owner of the horse would not do surgery. Sometimes asking questions first is the best thing to do before thinking a horse is being treated badly.
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So she's had it like that for many years.
The damage to the eye might not be as bad as I've feared, I'm not used to seeing horses with damaged eyes, so maybe I am exaggerating.
But it is a lot smaller than her other eye, and it doesn't look normal at all.


Even though she isn't mine.

I'll talk to her owner, though, and just ask in a casual way about this.
I might comment discreetly that it was lucky she didn't have to operate, or something.. I'll see what I can do.
The eye is smaller as there is no muscle due to lack of use.

I vote you leave it alone. Not your horse, not your business!
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My daughters barrel horse had one eye ran a very fast pattern. We have lots of horses that are used in hunting camps that have had injured eyes they can shrinknup and look smaller but that doesn't make it painful. I imagine she was injured years ago, has no pain in the eye and is just fine. The OP has just proven a huge example of making sure what is going on in a situation before calling in the animal control, the OP was already thinking she was going to "do something" if the owner of the horse would not do surgery. Sometimes asking questions first is the best thing to do before thinking a horse is being treated badly.
Thanks for the reply. I know, I just wanted to post here first before asking very much to see what the people on here said about it. I was going to ask the owner anyway, she seems nice and stuff, I've got my own horse with her two.

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The eye is smaller as there is no muscle due to lack of use.

I vote you leave it alone. Not your horse, not your business!
No need to get aggressive... I'm sorry if I offended anyone, I just wanted to know. Her eye didn't look very good to me, so I wanted to get a picture of how bad it could be. You can't blame me for that, I'm not going into anyone's business, but if her eye really was in a bad condition should I just ignore it because it isn't my horse? That isn't right, and her owner wouldn't think so either, I've had some problems because of her in the past - just because my horse is barefoot! She thought that she was lame, and then contacted the government. So I got an inspection team coming around, and of course they decided that her hooves were fine. So you see, that woman is going into my business lots more than I am into hers. I won't contact the government, but what I will do is talk with her about the eye and see what she says.
I will of course honour her opinions if what she says seems sensible.
I don't like going into other people's business, but I want my horse to have healthy and happy company.
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