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amigo82 08-22-2008 11:02 PM

Issues with Blue Eyes
Just wondering if anyone could suggest some kind of an ointment or something for my boy, Amigo. He has blue eyes and lately one of them has been teary and tonight there was some puss-like discharge. I try and keep a fly mask on him during the day but he eventually shakes it off. I'm not sure what its from. I've never had a blue eyed horse before, and I hear they are alot more sensitive. Any info would be appreciated!!

PaintHorseMares 08-23-2008 08:11 AM

Our Angel has blue eyes and has never had a more problems than our brown eyed mares. Depending on the time of year, type of hay, dust, and flies, they can all get some eye discharge from dust and/or allergies. You can use natural tears type eye drops if you want to wash them out, but we just let them clear up on their own.

amigo82 08-23-2008 08:31 AM

Thank you for responding~ I was getting nervous after looking up info online and seeing all kinds of stuff about diseases and blindness. I've had brown eyed horses before and had never noticed them tearing up like this so I was concerned, but maybe Amigo has some allergies. It does bother him though because he'll sometimes try and rub it on you. Maybe I'll pick up some drops just to help him out a bit.

I took a look at your pics -- BEAUTIFUL paints!!

FGRanch 08-23-2008 12:03 PM

Anything involving the eye usually kicks me into panic mode instantly!

I would just talk to the local vet and see if you can get some drops for her (I think you could use BMP) just to be on the safe side. You just never know if it's going to get worse and you don't really want to take chances with your horses eyes.

Jubilee Rose 08-23-2008 03:41 PM

I honestly wouldn't be worried about it. I've always heard that blue eyes aren't anymore suspectible to disease or anything than regular brown eyes.

amigo82 08-23-2008 07:54 PM

I asked someone at the feed store today and they suggested 'Terramycin Antibiotic Eye Ointment'
I put some of that on him today, and it seemed to help with the tearing/discharge for a while. The discharge is light yellow, its not A LOT but it just gathers into a little blob at the corner of his eye. The other eye seems fine.
Its not very dusty or dry out there, but maybe its just allergies?

PaintHorseMares 08-24-2008 06:23 AM

The antibiotic eye ointment is fine, too, and that will help with any small infection that could be caused by flies (which I was told was the leading cause of eye infections). Do you feed hay, especially round bales? Some horses get irritated 'hay eyes' from having their heads in the center of the bale.

amigo82 08-24-2008 09:43 AM

We do give him hay, we get the square bales and we spread out the flakes. The horses usually eat the hay from the ground and not up in a feeder, but I guess I still can't be positive it isn't getting in his eyes.

Tip 11-28-2008 01:56 PM

blue eye
hi - I'm curious if you made any progress with your guy's eye ?
My paint has a similar issue.


G and K's Mom 11-28-2008 02:06 PM

If there's any coloured discharge you really need to get the vet to take a look. Putting the wrong kind of ointment into the eye can do severe damage, depending on what the underlying problem is.

Maybe Ryle will look at this and further explain the implications.

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