Did you know that among the land mammals, horses have the largest eyes, which is probably why they are more prone to eye infections and problems? Now keeping a regular vigil on your horse’s eye is your responsibility – one which needs infinite patience and knowledge. The patience will be up to you, but we can help with the knowledge department, with the basics of horse-eye care…
First of all, what should a healthy horse’s eyes look like?
They should be:
- Minimal tearing
- Lids should be tight
- The inside of the lids should be pale pink and moist
How do you know that your horse’s eye needs treatment?
Checking your horse’s eyes at least once a day is mandatory – and we’re not talking about a simple once-over, but a detailed check up that could take a few minutes. Now the following are the conditions that need immediate treatment:
- Swollen eyelids
- Cuts on or tearing of the lids
- Damaged eye
- A white film all over the eye or white spots
- Inflammation and copious tearing – usually caused because of a tear in the tear ducts
- Any sort of tumor in or on the lid
Now as you can probably guess already, you can’t possibly treat all of the above-mentioned conditions yourself – some of them will need the vet’s expertise. But for small cuts and tears, you yourself can give your horse a first aid treatment…
Here are the basics of a first aid treatment for the horse’s eyes:
You will need:
- Saline solution
- Fly mask
- Shelter from the sun
Now for the steps—
- Flush out the eyes with the saline solution to disinfect any cut or tear.
- Now apply the anti-infection ointment above and below the eye to prevent infection and to help with the healing.
- Now use a fly mask to keep flies and other insects away from the eye.
You can help your horse heal faster and better if you place him in a stall away from the sun. Harsh sunlight can further inflame the injured eye and make healing a slow process. Read also the A,B,Cs of horse care.
But at the need of the day, it’s always a better choice to get the vet to check your horse’s eye – even after you’ve personally treated the eye. The vet can identify if further treatment is necessary or if you’ve missed any particular step in the first aid. After all, there’s no compromising with horse eye care.
Dealing With Horse Hoof Thrush
When it comes to dealing with horse hoof thrush, knowing how to do it is very important. Why? Because thrush in your horse’s hoof will mean that the hoof will stink pretty bad – and because of the spreading infection, your horse will also have considerable discomfort.
Now, thrush is a condition worsened by moisture and so when the weather goes rainy, or your horse has been walking over wet ground a lot, then thrush is likely to be common. It usually affects the region around and down the center of the frog on the horse’s hoof.
To cure it, you need a good anti-bacterial option – something that you can apply over the affected areas to kill the infection. Well-taken care of horses take pleasure in riding and see also how horse-riding will benefit students in many ways. So let’s look at:
Identifying and dealing with thrush—
Thrush usually appears as a black tarry residue appearing on the affected areas of the hoof. Once you’ve identified it, you need to pick the hoof clear of any loose dirt and debris and then you need to apply your ointment or cure.
Of the two products you just saw in the video, one is very easily available. And that is the Thrush Buster ointment.
As the manufacturers say, it ‘stomps out thrush’ once you apply it. So this will be very helpful in clearing out any infection of thrush. Also, once applied, you needn’t reapply for another 8 days. In case the infection hasn’t already cleared out – you may need to apply once again. But otherwise, just a single application should do. The ointment being tinted, you can actually keep track of where you are applying it. If you want to read about beautiful hore wedding gifts, check out this page.