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    11-05-2009, 07:52 PM
  #1
Foal
What's up with his eyes??

So I'm gazing into my boy's beautiful eyes this afternoon and I notice something... he seems to have two different sized corneas! You can see much more white in the right eye rather than the left. Is this normal with horses that have a lot of the whites of their eyes showing or am I callin the vet to get his eyes checked??!!
Right eye:
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Left eye:
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    11-05-2009, 10:11 PM
  #2
Yearling
Hahahaha milo, I'm not laughing at you, but I noticed over the weekend Tanner's eyes sort of have the same thing going on. Shocker right? Except on him, the eye with the bigger iris is on the opposite side. Since he's had two full work ups by the ophthalmologist in the last 6 months I'm not worried about it. He seems to see fine doesn't he?

Sounds like you two are coming along, gazing soulfully into one another's eyes. Lol! I think as long as it isn't weeping, oozing, squinting, etc. He's probably fine. Funny, his ears don't look pinned in the pics, the man is really starting to love you huh?
     
    11-05-2009, 11:47 PM
  #3
Showing
I really don't think that it is anything to worry about. So long as it doesn't have any symptoms like tealamutt mentioned or acts like he is having trouble seeing, then no worries. Horses are kinda like people, sometimes they are less than symmetrical. Sometimes they will have one foot bigger than the other or one leg longer than the other or ears that are shaped or sized differently and don't match. I would just think of it as one of his little quirks.
     
    11-06-2009, 12:08 AM
  #4
Started
My baby is like that. His right eye shows more white then the left, that's also the side his blaze goes over too as well.
     
    11-06-2009, 08:10 AM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by tealamutt    
hahahaha milo, I'm not laughing at you, but I noticed over the weekend Tanner's eyes sort of have the same thing going on. Shocker right? Except on him, the eye with the bigger iris is on the opposite side. Since he's had two full work ups by the ophthalmologist in the last 6 months I'm not worried about it. He seems to see fine doesn't he?

Sounds like you two are coming along, gazing soulfully into one another's eyes. Lol! I think as long as it isn't weeping, oozing, squinting, etc. He's probably fine. Funny, his ears don't look pinned in the pics, the man is really starting to love you huh?
We were actually playing hide and go seek around post while I was trying to snap these pics. I spent about 5 hours on the farm yesterday and he literally followed me like a dog... love me?? I can't get him away from me! He's respectful in his attention but he's turned into my shadow!! He's wonderful when I'm riding and my puppy when I'm not. He's gotten to the point where he is much more interested in me rather than sticking with the herd when I'm there and tries desperately to please... love it!!

Okay, I'm not going to stress about his eyes... sometimes it does seem like he has trouble walking in a straight line... swings his head to and fro but for now I'll just keep my eye on it... my eyes seem to be symmetrical so it shouldn't be a problem....lol.
     
    11-06-2009, 01:02 PM
  #6
Showing
Most horses, especially green ones, do swing their head from side to side because a horse cannot see directly behind him when facing straight ahead. Therefore, they move their head from side to side in order to catch glimpses behind them and when they move their head, it causes them to turn. It is kinda like a new driver that hasn't figured out yet how to steer straight when they turn their head to check the blind spots of the car. They weave all over the road for the first few years.
     
    11-06-2009, 06:41 PM
  #7
Foal
I'm just happy I got his ignition switch and his emergency brake workin!
     
    11-06-2009, 11:04 PM
  #8
Yearling
That's awesome. I think the most stubborn ones are the guys who turn true-blue once you get them turned around. Tanner has been lovey dovey lately too. He has a new buddy at the barn- a gorgeous TB named Louie who is almost his twin (except a lot more muscled and fat). Every time the two of them are in the arena together, Tan shows off and really rounds up and moves very forward and only needs the absolute slightest aids. He has also become rather puppy like. We must be doing something right, huh.
     
    11-09-2009, 01:54 AM
  #9
Weanling
It's no biggie, unless it's changed from the last time you saw him. I had an appy/tb cross once who had one thoroughbred eye and one appy eye. It was really funny, but it never caused him any issues. He also had a snaggle tooth that poked out to the side:)
     

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