Wednesday, while I was taking my husband to pick up his vehicle after the bodywork, I get a message from my BOs.
Justice is seeing the vet. Will have more information in a little while, but he and his half-sister are having vision issues.
So it turns out that early during the week, they went to move the babies to a different paddock, and Justice and his half-sister were running into things and generally acting like blind horses. On closer inspection, Jus had one cloudy eye and one eye that had a cataract - "like it was full of milk." His half-sister, who's had eye issues off and on for the last six months since she managed to injure one of them, had two very cloudy eyes. The other half-sister was perfectly fine, somehow.
Vet's verdict is that it could be moon blindness, glaucoma, or one of three bacteria (one of which is leptospirosis), and since the treatment for the lepto covers the other cases (except maybe the glaucoma?)... well, we can do a $250 test, or we can treat. Lepto also seems most likely, since we've had an unusually wet spring and summer, and those are prime conditions for it.
Prognosis is guardedly good. The cloudy eye should clear up post-haste and the cataract may or may not go away. Worst case is, of course, blindness; best case is that the cataract goes away entirely. The most likely case, per the vet, is that he may have some blurriness in the vision on that eye, so he probably won't have a career in the jumpers. lol Which, let's be fair, I wasn't expecting one!
Three days into a fairly aggressive treatment, he's actually looking pretty good. He's not acting like he can't see at all, although it's definitely clear that he's not seeing perfectly. The cloudiness in his right eye is pretty much gone. And his cataract is shrinking.
|Only half-full of milk now...|
I kind of feel like I should be more stressed by this than I am, but... let's be honest here: I bought this horse knowing that there was a 50% chance he would be night-blind, which requires certain accommodations. Having to make similar "certain accommodations" for a horse with blurry vision in one eye isn't all that different. It's annoying, sure, but it's not the stressful event it could be.
...That said, I did march my happy ass out to the pasture to make sure Cessa wasn't showing symptoms either. lol
|Team skeptical FTW.|