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Windows to the Soul: Keeping Horses Eyes Healthy

As horse owners, we often worry about the hooves and legs of our animals and routinely check for swelling or signs of lameness, but it is easy to overlook how important the horse’s eyes are. Dr. Chantale Pinard, a professor at the Ontario Veterinary College who specializes in eye problems in dogs and horses, suggests some strategies to keep your horse’s eyes as healthy as possible: Know your horse: By spending time with and observing your horse, you’ll know how he looks and behaves when he’s healthy, and be able to more quickly pick up signs of problems. Pinard suggests taking some close-up photos of your horse’s eyes so that you have something to refer to if there are any changes over time. Prevent eye irritation: Dust in a horse’s eye can cause inflammation, so take steps to keep dust down in your arena and barn. If you are sweeping…

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