Its a an unexplainable occurrence in horses! “My horse became moon blind when he was nine and I had to put him down.” Yes, its a sad statement, yet apparently its permanent. Permanent? Is that what your vet says? Of course, that’s what all those good medical minds have come up with. Bravo! What if I told you that there was a cure? A completely simple cure that no vet has or will acknowledge thus far.
Have you ever played around with a rubber band around your finger? When you tie it too tight, your finger starts to lose its blood supply and discolor. Now imagine that with the small nerve endings around your horses eye and instead of a rubber band, its a tight muscle. Horses have tons of muscles in their faces, and many of them cross over blood vessels and nerves. A major nerve that goes to the eye is called the Lacrimal Nerve and can easily be tightened over and causes the eye to blur over and cause blindness. Once the facial muscles are released the nerves and blood vessels are able to work correctly so the eye can return to normal? Its almost a paralysis of the eye. How do you fix this? SCRATCH! Scratch around the eye and all over the face. Even if the horse seems to be hurt at first, its just because of the tight muscles causing him pain. With more scratching they’ll soon let out a breath, drop their heads, and lick and chew with their mouths. Once this sign is seen then you’ve gotten a release. The more you scratch the better the horse will feel.
Uveitis can also be caused by worms. Worms? How does that affect the eye you ask? I’ve treated a mare who had signs of worms, with a lumpy neck and constant itching of it. Vet’s said she wouldn’t be cured, it was just another case of moon blindness. I’m glad we didn’t take that for an answer, since she now has her eye back. With some extensive use of the internet we learned that an old dog worming medicine from a compounding pharmacy would be useful. After some nonsense arguing with the vet we finally persuaded him to prescribe the the compound, at a low dose to begin with. This wormer comes in tubes and is called- Are you ready for this? Better write it down- Diethylcarbamazine. I’m not one to agree with medications but sometimes the old are better then the new. After about a month her eye started to clear up and she could see just fine. I wouldn’t try this in big doses just start out small to let the body get used to it. These little neck threadworms that cause “crusty necks” are tied to recurrent uveitis. The reason the uveitis keeps coming back is because these worms attack the eye and the natural way that the eye protects it’s self is to put up the cloudy barrier that causes the horse to lose sight in the eye. As the eye healed itself we noticed that the heat would pour out of the area and burn off the hair around her eyes at the same time the eye drained out.