Friday, September 23, 2011

Vet telephone tag and Panama's first fly mask

Panama's eye was still gross yesterday, maybe even a touch worse — I'm fairly certain he's not opening it all the way, though whether that's because he's afraid he's going to get poked in the eye every time I look closely at it, or because it's bothering him (causing discomfort or just sensitivity to light), I have no idea.

In any case, I'd missed a call from the vet first thing in the morning, so I called the vet back to let him know and ended up canceling my lesson.  My trainer said he should be okay if we did something "easy," but I figured if Panama was crabby "easy" could turn into an epic battle pretty quickly.  I know I sure wouldn't want to work if my eye was goopy and running, so I figured he wouldn't, either.

While I was waiting for the vet to call back, I went out and bought a fly mask for Panama.  He's never worn one before, so I wasn't sure how he'd react.  It went better than I expected.  He didn't shy away at all when I brought it up over his face, but he remained unconvinced for quite some time that he could still see.  He kept looking at me askance, and he was moving his head back and forth to look all around him, probably looking at how different everything looks through the mesh.

My horse with a fly mask on

I actually think he looks pretty cute with his little head in a little fly mask!

When I led him out to graze, he hung way back behind me, moving his head all around and snorting softly — and when I released him in the yard, he walked for quite a while longer, almost as if he didn't realize there was grass under him.

Once he figured it out, though, he sure didn't let that fly mask interfere with eating!

My horse grazing with a fly mask on

When I put him back in his corral and removed his halter, he stood at the gate for several minutes, watching while I got ready to go.  It was as if he were saying, Hey!  You forgot to take this thing off, too!  You aren't actually going to leave it on, are you? 

I called the vet again this morning and left a message stating that Panama's eye was still the same.  According to several fellow boarders, it's probably a blocked tear duct, so not a desperate emergency — but still, I'm hoping to be able to get it taken care of before the weekend!  Hopefully my vet will call back soon!

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