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post #1 of 9 Old 03-14-2009, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Won't Open His Eye

So I went out to turn in horses today, and was going to ride Diesel so I went to grab him first so he could eat. When I walked up to him, I wasn't talking or anything and he spooked really bad. (He is turned out with about 30 other horses). Once I started talking, he came over to me. His right eye was closed. I led him into the barn thinking it was maybe just windy out. His eye was still closed. He would open a little bit (Maybe a few cms). I had the BO come look at it. He was really spooky on that side and his right ear also looked like it was droopy. (I dont know if that makes sense) He would perk up his left year and his other wouldn't pick up as much.
He wasn't having trouble walking, ate and drank fine, and was acting normal so I don't think he got kicked or anything..

Per my BO's instruction, I washed it out the best I could with some saline solution. His eye was also tender when you touched it.
I have him turned out by himself tonight.

We think he may have just gotten something into it but is there anything else it could possibly be?
I tend to over react when it's my horse...
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-14-2009, 10:21 PM
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Hmm.... is it puffy or swollen around the eye? My mare had a puffy eye once. I never found out what it was... I think she just banged it off something. It went down on its own.

Does he flinch when you touch the rest of his face? He probably just banged his head against something, or like you said got something in the eye. I would just watch it and see how he does. It should heal fine on its own, but if you're worried, just call the vet and describe the situation. He could probably give you some answers over the phone.

Good luck, hope he heals quickly! And don't worry, I'm sure he's fine!

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I think it looks kind of pufffy, and someone commented on that too. If I touch his eye, he flinches, but actually was rubbing his head (on that side) against me and the rest of his face doesn't seem to bother him.

I'm sure he will be fine, but I'm a drama queen :P
I will go and check on him tomorrow and if it's not down by then (I wont get out there till like 3), I think I will call the vet and ask what he thinks.
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Eyes are a very tricky situation. Damage to the cornea that isn't even visible without special stains can quickly lead to infection, ulceration and even rupture of the eye--in a matter of a couple of days. Anytime a horse's eye is painful or swollen you can rinse it out with some sterile saline and look for any debris in the eye. If the swelling doesn't go down and the eye look less painful in a few hours, you should really have your vet out to examine the eye so that you can treat asap if there is damage to the cornea.

You can simply never be to careful with eyes. They are easily damaged and slow to heal.

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That's true. Joanie (BO) said that she hadn't seen anything wrong with him when she turned him out that morning, so it had to have happened some time during the day.
Maybe I should call tomorrow morning and see if it looks any better and if not, call the vet earlier
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post #6 of 9 Old 03-14-2009, 10:57 PM
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He might just have an infection..
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Anything I could do about that until I get a vet out?
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post #8 of 9 Old 03-14-2009, 11:32 PM
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all i would recommend is you wash it but your BO said that so im not sure what else bt i would be a bit worries to so get your vet outs a good idea. :) hope your horse is fine soon :)
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-14-2009, 11:44 PM
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I'd call the vet, I have a one-eyed paint, thanks to a similar injury. He HAD ruptured the cornea, nothing my vet could do, but was able to keep it from getting infected and provide some pain relief. Slap on a fly mask if you have one. Sunlight can be irritating, as can dust, etc. The mask just helps as a barrier, and makes him fore comfortable, and could protect it if he decides to rub at it.
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