Is he going
Q:While hacking out over the past few weeks my usually bombproof
horse has become increasingly spooky.
vet visited to give his annual injections and health check, I asked
him to look at my horse's eyes. We both got a shock - my horse is
losing his eyesight and going blind. At the moment his nearside
eyesight is the worst. There is no disease or cataracts in either
eye and there appears to be no reason for the problem.
could give no indication of how quickly my horse's eyesight would
deteriorate, if atall, nor whether he would become completely blind.
a half years ago my horse a 15.2hh Connemara x Shire gelding was
deleiberately poisoned with rat poison and was found collapsed in
a field. It was touch and go for a while, but we managed to nurse
him back to health.
the poisoned damaged his liver and although I believe the liver
regenerates itself, apparently it will never be 100% again. Could
this be the cause of the problem, and have you any suggestions regarding
am very sorry to hear your horse is losing his eyesight. In such
situations, when there are no obvious signs of disease of the eye,
it is likey that the problem lies with damage to nerves such as
the optic nerve which supplies the eye. Such damage could result
from trauma to the head in the past, or be linked to the severe
liver damage that you mentioned.
does sound as if the condition may get a lot worse and result in
blindness. The rate at which this may happen is very unpredictable.
You might be able to slow down the rate of deterioration with well
chose supplements and I would certainly recommend that you give
specific liver support.
information on antioxidant and immune supporting formulae
I would recommend you phone Global Herbs to discuss the problem
care for blind horses, when total blindness sets in it is usually
kindest not to continue and to consider euthanasia. There may be
some individuals who can cope with very limited vision and be reasonably
content but most horses will find it to upsetting to lose their
sight. There is also the problem that other horses may tend to bully
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