For comparison- eye injuries

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For comparison- eye injuries

Postby Hope on Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:43 pm

I wanted to post a pic of my horse's eye injury. It looks just like Buddy's but not as bad, IMO. Hooties has never oozed. It waters every now and then. He is a healthy boy though...


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Postby Hope on Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:46 pm

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Postby Juliane on Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:59 pm

Wow, he's gorgeous, Hope! I am surprised that the vet said it was ok to leave it like that and not close it up. My vet said to leave Buddy's open would be detrimental to him. He said it was an open path for infectious bacteria :( Your's doesn't look nearly as bad as Buddy's, but still... Can you get a second opinion to make sure he'll be ok when the flies and insects come back?
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Postby Hope on Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:49 pm

He got the injured in end of 02' The owners didn't get a vet to look at him til afew days after it happened. I knew him before the injury, and he was an awesome horse!! I bought him in spring of 04'. Its never been infected since i've had him. When I took him to the vet for teeth floating, and a general checkup (after I purchased him) the vet said there was no reason to close it up, unless it got infected. I keep it really clean. The bugs have never really bothered him. I haven't ever really worried about it. He is also well taken care of.. makes a BIG difference IMO. My guy is only 9, so he has a long life ahead of him.
I did call another vet (not my regular vet) to see how much it would cost to take the eye out. He was curious to see it, so I send him photos of the eye. He basically said the same thing, if I take care of it, it really shouldn't get infected. If it did, then something might have to be done.
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Postby Juliane on Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:50 pm

Is the eyeball itself ruptured? Or just sunken in?
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Postby Hope on Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:54 pm

The eyeball ruptured.
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Postby Hope on Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:01 pm

Do you know about when the eye injury happened to Buddy? The poor eye hasn't been properly taken care of, poor thing. Much worse then Hooties, but still about the same injury. Hootie has handled his injury pretty well. He is such a good boy!!! I love that horse so much. He'll be with me til he dies, he is never going anywhere. I ride him, and he does great! He gets alittle nervous on trail rides, and can get alittle jumpy, other then that, you'd never know he was blind in one eye.
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Postby Juliane on Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:03 pm

I believe Buddy's eye injury happened last summer - maybe around June? I don't think anything was done for it, aside from a temporary attempt at sewing his eye shut.

I am happy that Hooti is ok with his eye being that way :)
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Postby schwung on Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:49 pm

The only thing Hope is that both my vet (who saw the pictures of Buddy's eye) and Juliane's thought that Buddy was in a fair amount of pain in the eye. Not as much as when it initially happened, but painful nevertheless. It's hard to judge pain in a horse, especially in an eye and especially when they have been living with it for a long time.

Something to think about, anyway. I doubt anyone knows for sure what Buddy or Hooti feels. :(
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Postby Hope on Mon Feb 05, 2007 9:22 pm

I totally understand what you are saying. His eye has been looked at by 2 vets, and pictures were looked at by one other. I trust 2 of them. (One is a well well known vet in this area) They both said the same thing. If he doesn't seem like he is in pain or if it isn't infected, lets leave it for now. Down the road it might be different, (his age..etc) The one vet was actually pleased with how clean it was, and how healthy he was. I worry about it sinking in more, and more as the time goes by. I'll be taking him to the vet for a teeth float this spring, I'll have him look again and see what he says, 3 years later.
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Postby rdafler on Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:02 pm

I had a pony when I was younger that her eye was poked. She was running with the big horses through the brush and got a stick jabbed in it. We had the vet out and I remember having to give her shots 2 times a day and then puttin some ointment inside the lid. We never had to stitch it and it never had any issues. He told us for cosmetic purposes we could stitch it, but that she would be fine with out. So we chose to just let it be. She lived a long and healthy life that way.
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