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Old 10-29-2007, 09:30 AM  
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Goopy eyes

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my horses seems to always have goopy, runny eyes. Its not like extremely goopy, but just at the corners. everyday that i bring her in, I need to remove goop from the corners. She's been like this since I got her, about 3 weeks ago.
Just wondering what this could be, or what it might be caused by??
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Old 10-29-2007, 11:00 AM  
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It could be an allergy to something outside or something in the hay or grass. With the weather changing to that can have an affect but if it's not major it's probably no big deal. My horses get runny eyes if the wind is blowing hard on a cold day or with a new round bale sometimes but it's no biggy. Just depends on the color of discharge or how much is coming out.
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Old 10-29-2007, 11:06 AM  
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Sounds to me like she needs her tear ducts flushed...They are probably clogged and the normal tears just pool up in the corner of her eyes with all the goop that they are supposed to be cleaning out of her eye, only the tears have no place to go because the ducts that the tears usually pass through are plugged up, your veterinarian can perform this simple procedure.......She also could have dry eyes and a little ointment daily could help.....
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Old 10-29-2007, 11:51 AM  
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Almost sounds like something going around. Second post I've seen on this.

Riley also had a goopy eye. I put it down to the amount of burrs I have (can't get on top of them) I rinsed it out with cold tea. It cleared, then other eye started. Then they cleared up. Then I picked burrs, then he got it.

Seems to be cleared up now. Tea is a natural non-stinging antiseptic. Try that, or if she'll let you cold hose. Riley likes to lick the salt when I put water on it, so I would do it then.
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Old 10-29-2007, 12:02 PM  
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some of mine had that also. and it went away on its own
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:51 PM  
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I had the vet out for Gracie, she has been doing it for over a month and the vet said most likely something outside and at the first frost it should clear up.
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Face flies will cause this and even if the weather is too cool, the irritation seems to last for a while. I rinse the eye with the saline solution for contact lenses. It seems to help. Hay dust can do that also as they love to root in it and get the blossoms and fine leaves.
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