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post #1 of 5 Old 06-24-2015, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Moon eye? White film on eye?

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So I just got this gelding about a week or so ago. I havent really paid much attention to his eyes, for the most part because ive kept a fly mask on him since the bugs are just terrible here. But today I took his mask off and noticed these white rings around half of his eyes? Its the same on both eyes. Is it something to be concerned about? Could it be moon eye?

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My lipizzan has that exact same thing. I asked the vet and she spent a good 10 minutes shining lights into his eye and stuff and told me that she didn't know exactly what it was, but his vision was fine. I wasn't really worried about the rings around his eyes, I figured that was a natural pigmentation thing, I was worried about the pupils being so blue, like a cataract.

I even had myself worked into a tizzy thinking it was something wrong, and then he started skittering around the ring at stuff, but that just turned out to be him misbehaving. So if you do find out that it is something, I would be curious to know what it is.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-25-2015, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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I will definitely let you know if i find out anything! Anyone else have any idea on ehat this could be?
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I've seen this on a lot of horses, including my own, who's had it since he was young(or forever - didn't take notice till it got labled). And old people too. I've had one bodyworker call it a 'pain ring', but she didn't elaborate & no one else has known about it as a sign of pain, or was concerned about it & among others, my knowledgeable vet has checked his eyes well(appy, got other possible eye issues). I know very little about signs in the eyes, but I think there are a number of nutritional problems that can show up in the eyes too.

So... I'd consider the above & what's going on with the rest of him, but in absence of further info, I wouldn't worry really either. Perhaps you could consult a naturopath or iridologist if you really wanted. If you do, be sure to tell us what they said!

Never heard of 'moon eye' - you don't mean moon blindness?
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-26-2015, 11:05 AM
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Two of my sister's horses have moon blindness (older Appaloosas.....it was just a matter of time).

There pupils are much whiter than the pics of your horse. Perhaps it's the start of the condition but, it looks much less severe than full blown moon blindness.
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