Tami: Sorry about the news, I don't have any ideas for you, what did the vet say? is there some kind of topical ointment you can use? I know they make one for sarcoids that can kill the growth, don't know if it can be used around the eyes though. I hope everything works out for you. I've been doing a little riding but its getting cold here again. Planning our camping trip for the mum's day weekend, should be fun week of riding and drinking beers LOL. Talk at you soon. Sarah
Mum's horse isn't really spooky, the only thing she doesn't like is little puddles. Mind you mum doesn't work her when she has a flare up. It seems like she stands with her eyes squinting and if you put your hand over her eye she sort of leans into it trying to reilieve the soreness by using pressure. Like I said I have no isea if this is what your horse could have, a vet would be able to see the scaring inside the eye. John Lyon's appy had this and eventually went blind, my mum is lucky that so far each episode has been caught in time and the medication given so no new scaring has happened. Apparently her vet, Cindy Casper says to avoid steriods to treat this, I believe she is on a human glocoma medicine for it. anywho the internet would have some info or a check by your vet, lets hope all is well and its just sensitive to the light, I have a friend who breeds paint and has so of those cremelo's who just stand around blinking all the time in the sunshine. Each is an individual I guess but as I said my paint with blue eyes and no llack around them hasn't had any problem. Except for the fact that he's almost all white and is as dirty as hell right now. Good luck and friend me so we can keep in touch. Byes Sarah
Hey just a note that my mum's horse was diagnosed with moon blindness, uvitis, she has flare ups from time to time which cause watery eyes and soreness. If you think this could be your problem you should have her checked by a vet, they can see the signs inside the eye. Mum uses drops which a prescribed by a vet but bought at a pharmacy as they are for humans. Not a steriod. she just treats her during flare ups and then she seems to be fine. I have a blue eyed paint and he has no black around his eyes and has never had any problem with the sun or his eyes. So check out on the internet about uvitis (not sure how its spelled) or moon blindness.
I never had to work with a deaf horse. The type of training I used to do with my horses started off with voice commands, lol. It sort of boggles my mind trying to think of training a horse that cannot hear "good boy."
I can't do this (I've tried) but some horsemen communicate with their horses through mind pictures.
Have you ever considered learning ASL? The longer I've been around horses the more I believe that some of them actually learn to understand English. Since ASL is a little more in line with how horses communicate than spoken English your horse might enjoy learning it, maybe you could combine a clear mind picture with the sign.
Also I've read that horses "hear" through their hooves, and this is why they know storms are coming.
I admire you greatly for working with the deaf horses, it must present you with unique challenges that the rest of us horsepeople never run into.