Wow! So much to think about! I love it!
I think I jinxed us by talking about how she hadn't had an ERU episode in about a year - this morning her "bad" eye was going nuts. HMPH. haha It's settling back down but now we're back into the "danger zone". Darn it anyway.
Interesting, walkin! I have read about those and considered dosing for them, just to be safe...but I've been really nervous about it. I rarely worm her anyway [I think she hasn't been wormed in...over a year
] and when I do, her eyes do show some swelling. Double dosing makes me super nervous. But at the same time, if it would help....
I'll seriously consider it in a month or two, once her eyes are "back" after this current episode [it takes about a month for them to return to near-normal but they stay overly sensitive for a good 4 months unfortunately].
I do know that she has "changes" inside her eyes...like I guess something about both of them isn't "normal" structurally but they're apparently identically abnormal...? haha Then she has a large cataract in one and a few small ones in the other. Basically, it seems like someone just doesn't want this horse to see! That's pretty much exactly what my vet told me when I mentioned another vet saying Lacey had "ocular changes". My vet isn't super well versed with ERU but that seems to be pretty typical around here. The internet and HoFo is my friend! :)
All that to say, she didn't make any mention of any kind of worm to me the last time we thoroughly checked Lacey's eyes out.
I DO know that gnats both her. She often will get a "strip" of those biting belly-bugs that sort of burrow in, if I don't stay on top of applying SWAT to her belly/chest/udder. The flies really pretty much leave her alone - indoors and out [probably helps that she's the only horse around so we don't have much of a fly issue - at least, not like most places with horses! haha]. The mosquitoes at night REALLY bother her though. She's pretty laid back about bugs but mosquitoes send her into a tizzy.
I think the staying indoors thing might be related to the fact that "her" goats don't go out in the sun - the goats lay in their stall and she stands in hers - which is adjacent to the goat-stall, then, at around 6pm, they all start making their way out for the evening.
I haven't tried specifically targeting the dock/crest with flyspray, I'll give that a go. I usually do a full body spray so pretty much everywhere is "damp" with spray [except her face, she gets ACV wiped on her face - chemical and eyes again! haha], then SWAT in a line from her mid-chest to udder and in her ears. That seems to do the trick pretty well, most of the time. I usually do it in the evening to ward off the mosquitoes, since they do bother her so much, but I'll do a little test with morning application sometime next week after her eyes have calmed down.
I would try it now but she's on so much bute that she's feeling no pain of any kind and she spent all day outside grazing in the sun anyway = super out of character for her. On bute, she gets super "not normal" - it seems to mess with her judgement or something related to judgement since she's usually very sensible, but on bute she'll start doing daredevil stunts.
Or maybe she doesn't go out in the sun because it hurts her eyes a bit? She does wear a 90%UV blocking flymask during the day, but that 10% could bother her.
Fess up, Lacey!! haha
Hopefully that answered everyone's thoughts/questions! I have a lot to think about, thanks. :)