Thanks for all replies!
Originally Posted by wyominggrandma
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!
Originally Posted by SarahAnn
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!
Originally Posted by nicolerm
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!