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post #1 of 6 Old 10-21-2010, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Unknown condition - Mare has red around right eye

I have a 13 yr old Thoroughbred mare that was given to me some months ago when I purchased her filly. She has an inflamed area around the right eye which she has had since at least the beginning of last year according to her medical records. She has been placed on antibiotics with no change in the condition.

The eye doesn't seem to bother her at all and her vision does not seem to be affected, however I am curious as to what could be causing this condition. It does not seem to be a growth of any kind but more like simple inflammation yet it does not go away. The eye itself is clear and healthy looking, it is only the tender skin around the eye which is red.

Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-21-2010, 04:02 AM
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It could be an allergy or just an irritation...does she eat hay from round bales?

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post #3 of 6 Old 10-21-2010, 08:45 AM
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Our DJ thought he was a goat. He would stick his head in the middle of the thickest brush he could fine and eat it - surrounded by really nice bermuda grass that he would leave untouched. He had one eye that stayed scratched/irritated all spring and summer. Because it itched while it was healing, he would rub it on a tree and mess it up all over again. Vet said to keep an eye on it (no pun intended) and treat it as necessary with antibiotic ointment. Was glad to see winter arrive so it would heal up. The hay from our round bales didn't seem to bother it - I'm thinking it was as much sap related as anything...

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Thank you both for your replies and kind advice.

The mare is on round bales right now because she is out to pasture. I make sure to buy from a reputable seller and always check the hay for freshness and content before I buy. I have had her on square bales and leaflets before with no obvious change in the condition of her eye.

I had thought when I got her that it may have been allergies but there is no discharge from the eye or weeping. It does not seem to irritate her at all and she doesn't rub her head. The only thing that I have caught her doing is that she likes to stick her whole head in the water bucket during the summer. I mean seriously, her whole head. She plays with the water and throws it everywhere. I live in Florida however so it gets pretty hot here during the summer. I don't think that her water-playing habits would be causing the eye irritation though.

Is it possible that the redness is caused by an old injury? Aside from her medical and breeding records, I have little idea of her history. The lady I got her and the filly from had only had the pair for a matter of days and seemed to know very little about them. I know she was raced and then used as a broodmare for the last several years. I have breeding records for the last five years although she was listed as barren for two out of the five years. I only have the medical records for last year. I assume she was being trained and ridden at some time because her ground manners are fantastic. She is also very accepting of tack, although I have never mounted her or tried to ride her. She isn't afraid of anything that I have found which I am told is very usual for a broodmare.

I just wish I new what was happening with her right eye.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-21-2010, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Good advice. Thank you. I'm going to ask the vet when he comes out to do the horses shots.

Better safe than sorry, I guess. I really would like to know whats causing the redness and if possible what I can do to treat her.
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