In the Fall, we see increased incidence of eye issues, especially corneal ulcers. With the dry climate and warm weather there is a higher number of insects, dust, and allergens in the air that can irritate your horse’s eyes. This irritation can cause them to try to scratch their eyes on their legs, pasture mate or other things – like fences and barn doors. This may cause them to scratch their cornea, or worse, get something stuck in their eye!
Veterinarians see your horse’s eye problems as an EMERGENCY. If eye problems are not addressed urgently they can easily become complicated issues with long term treatments.
Call a veterinarian if your horse exhibits these signs:
- Eyelid swelling/reddening
- Increased blinking/squinting
- Tearing/drainage/discharge from eye
- Change in color of cornea or deeper structures
- Head shaking/ear drop
Here are some easy suggestions to help prevent your horse from developing corneal ulcers:
- Use a fly mask during the day to protect from debris/insects
- Apply fly spray frequently to your horse’s body
- Always have access to a shaded area out of the sun/wind
If you have any questions or concerns about your horse, we are always here to help!