Thanks to Dana S., Grady was transported to the vet yesterday morning (7/19/2019) to have the “lumps” at the inside corner of his lower eyelids examined. After a brief attempt at a dash for freedom and the use of long line and a lead rope attached to his halter, we got him loaded in the trailer. He was pretty noisy, stamping around and neighing until the trailer started moving.
Once we arrived, Dr. Hoyme examined him and said the growths appeared to be either tumors or habronema and a biopsy of the area was needed. These eyelid swellings do not seem to bother Grady in that there is no itching, rubbing, ulcerations, no tearing or discharge, nor do they appear to be tender to the touch.
Grady has been getting treated with an ophthalmic ointment containing hydrocortisone. The ointment (applied 2-3 times per day) reduced the swelling some, but not a lot. He has also been receiving Ivermectine wormer once a week in case we are dealing with habronema. The Ivermectin was discontinued after about 2 months.
Grady, approximately 3 yrs. old, arrived at TIER in mid March 2019. He was not halter broke, was a stallion, and the appearance/condition of his eyelids is the reason that our friends took him in. The week prior to his arrival he was gelded (quite the adventure on a minimally handled pony with an ATTITUDE and eye treatment began. He needed time for the testosterone to diminish, a little handling and our veterinary fund needed to be plumped up before we would be able to take him in for a more detailed eyelid examination.
About a month after he had been gelded he naturally became easier to handle. We spent time halter breaking him and he did ok. He was prone to kicking out, rearing up, taking off, etc., but seemed to settle down. He needs quite a bit more handling as he proved when we loaded him up to go see Dr. Hoyme today. Dana dodged a kick and we had to resort to bribing him with hay to get him moving into the trailer. Fun!
Dr. Hoyme sedated Grady, put Lidocaine in his eyes and we waited for him start snoozing. He remained in the trailer for treatment/biopsy because the trailer put him at a good height and the vet didn’t have to bend over/down to treat him. Plus, he was pretty excited about all the goings on…especially the Andalusian stallion on the hot walker who was hollering and dancing around until Dr. Hoyme’s assistant put him back in a stall. Since Grady was so hyped up, another shot of sedative was required and more lidocaine was administered. Thanks to Dana who had a hair tie available, we were able to put Grady’s forelock into a man bun to keep it out of the way. Or is that PonyBun???
(Semi Drunk and Stylin in his Pony Bun)
Dr. Hoyme biopsied his lower lid on the left eye. He pointed out the characteristic yellow (sulfur) granules of habronema. That is good news, but there could be other things going on too. We will know more when the results from the biopsy are back. The vet then injected steroids into the lower lids.
We then closed the trailer up to head home. Grady was big time pissed off! Banging the trailer like a tambourine and hollering to high heavens. He settled as we took off, but started up once we rounded the corner for home. All the TIER horses were talking to him as he was yelling at the top of his voice! He unloaded nicely by jumping out and then refusing to be led for a minute. All the donkeys (his nextdoor neighbors) came to the fence and he acted like they were strangers and wasn’t going to walk past them for nothing! The sound of the trailer doors being shut caused him to try to run forward and we just continued the motion until I had him back in his stall.
So…we wait for biopsy results, continue with the ointment and he gets Ivermectin every week. He is such a PONY!! He makes me laugh. Stinkin cute pony. Pony Bun was still in place the next morning!