Unfortunately, a familiar scenario: I arrive at the stable – one of my horse’s eyes is totally swollen shut. In addition, the eye is watering and my horse can hardly open it. It has probably bumped itself hard beforehand or got something sharp in its eye. But that is no reason to panic. Now our emergency card reveals how I as an owner should act and can help.
You can recognize an eye injury by swollen eyes or eyelids, tearing, or noticeable behavior such as nervousness or bumping into objects.
You should observe the eye and report any abnormalities to your veterinarian. If there is visible injury to the eye, you should move the horse to a dark stall and remove objects that could further damage the eye.
Otherwise, be sure to wait for the veterinarian’s instructions.