I found out tonight that my mare has cataracts in both eyes, one she is completely blind in. I have only had her a few days, so I do not know the history of her cataracts. I got her to breed, but is she worth breeding? How fast to cataracts get worse (on average)? Does anyone have experience with breeding blind mares? Are cataracts genetic? Any information or advice would be helpful!
#1 Question --- How old is this mare? #2 Question --- Is her cataract injury induced or age related?
I have a 9 year old QH mare that was injured in a very bad trailer accident (wreck) when she was two. As a result she lost most of her vision in her left eye (i.e., an injury related cataract that has not worsened due to age).
She functions very well and has had two foals. I am breeding her this month for a baby next year.
She is 16, but I don't know anything about her blindness, only that she is. I got her a few days ago, and didnt notice it because you can only see the cloudyness at night, with lights.
I have never owned a blind horse, much less bred one. I don't know how fast her cataract in her 'good' will progress either.
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