10-21-2010, 11:48 AM
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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.