I am taking in a horse who is going blind, and I was wondering if you could give me any advice. I understand her diagnosis is moonblindness, treated with anti-inflammatory drops, to no avail.
Her former stable owner told me that the vet advised them to stop treatment because it was not helping. We do have two other mares to put her with. Any information or advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Thank you for your question on blindness, and for taking in this deserving horse. Be sure to read the current issue of Holistic Horse – great article on Moon Blindness. Also see my Healthy Horse Hints additions for the moonblindness article at www.holistichorse.com (Shari’s Healthy Horse Hints).
Meanwhile, to better acclimate your new arrival, tie plastic trash bags to posts around the pen so she will learn more quickly her parameters for movement (especially while she is still sighted).
She will be well aware of her bearings even if she goes totally blind. Her pasture pal(s) will support her special needs and even begin to herd her when she may be at risk. Begin quickly adapting her to her new environment while she has sight, and be especially aware of smells that she can learn to associate with areas of the barn or with you.
Healthy Horse Hints