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post #1 of 6 Old 11-02-2019, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Conjunctivitis question

To make a long story short, I was wondering if conjunctivitis can lead to blindness in a horse? I saw a pony today with horrible conjunctivitis that was already blind in one eye. The owners were unaware the horse had conjunctivitis. If left untreated, could the animal go totally blind?
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-02-2019, 11:30 PM
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Simple answer: yes it can. Not a nice condition to have either I'd definitely want it treated, in any animal.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-02-2019, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the response.

Now for an ethical question: The pony is for sale. The pony has A LOT of problems: horrible conjunctivitis, morbid obesity, bad hoof care, and a disrespectful, unfriendly attitude (though warranted given the level of ... poor management). If the owners would give you the pony after you made them aware he was probably "unsellable", would you take him? And if they didn't, but let him go for very cheap, would you buy him?

Note: In this ethical dilemma you are unable to report the animal to authorities as neglect because it lives on sovereign land and the pony has food, water, shelter, containment.
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-03-2019, 12:08 AM
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That would depend if I:

1. had the finances capable of helping rehab such a horse.
2. know how to care for horses in-depth and if not...
3. ...then access or ability to pay someone knowledgeable to help you.
4. if finances are NOT ok and the animal is in such terrible condition, can I afford at least a vet consultation to know the degree of damage and if it's kinder to have the horse put down humanely
5. if finances are sorta OK but limited by time... is it enough time to find outside help or a sanctuary/charity that could take the horse on? (not to resell!)

Really, if you have the land, the knowledge and even some finances.. even if you took the pony on just to donate it to a rehab place (if they have space) and worst case scenario to put it down? I'm leaning towards yes. But if you are a non-horse human that can't afford a healthy horse much less a rescue case... think carefully. Sounds like an expensive rehab project but could be extremely rewarding to return it to full health, if even possible, and even work on a little on it's training for future home. Where about do you stand with the above info if I may ask?
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-03-2019, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Finances are OK. Not rolling in it, but I budget well enough to have some savings for an emergency. I have owned horses for 25 years. Unfortunately, the local rescue is very, very full, and is constantly turning horses away. My vet is amazing and reasonably priced. I am mostly worried about the time, as I don't have a lot to spare between work, children, and other animals. I am not home all day, so things like medications in the middle of the day, if needed, could not be done. And this little pony could not live in the pasture but would need the dry lot and exercise. I fear I would not have time to exercise this pony plus my riding horses (they live in a huge, hilly pasture so they get a lot of self exercise as the water is at the top of the hill and the hay at the bottom) adequately, and this pony will need a lot of exercise. He's very fat and probably IR.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-04-2019, 04:30 PM
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I recently experienced something similar. I ended up buying the mare. We are working on the obesity. I've had her hooves done for the first time (she was a nightmare!) and she now has shoes on so she is no longer stumbling or tender on hard ground. Her eyes have cleared up after being treated and wearing a fly mask for a few weeks until it recently cooled off enough. She also has a fan in her stall that she stands in front of to keep flies off. Her attitude is getting so so much better. Now this mare does ride really well. So well that my 8 year old beginner can ride her with no issues. But she will pin her ears at you on the ground, and she does try to get away with everything. However, as we own her for longer and longer the ears get pinned less. She is friendlier, etc. In short, we got a super bargain for what is turning out to be a very nice mare.
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