Barely gross enough for this thread: Our 2 mares live in a small herd (about a dozen horses) in a pasture. It's been dry and dusty, which irritates the horses' eyes. Then one horse's eye got infected and the next thing you know, the entire herd has infected eyes. It's like preschool for horses because they touch each other all the time.
I noticed Misty's eyes seemed to bother her yesterday and the lower lids were a little puffy. I swiped some ophthalmic antibiotic gel in her eyes, not an easy task. Then I gently rubbed her closed eyes, which she enjoys. When she open her eyes, the clumps of mucus that had been stuck under her lower lid were mobilized and floating around her eyes. Huge clumps of mucus. I grabbed an old sock and started digging mucus out of her eyes. She didn't really like this process. I didn't either. I use an old sock because the mucus sticks to the fabric better than it sticks to my finger. I just need to make contact and the mucus will come out.
I kept telling DH, "Oh ... gross ... there's more. Hold still, Misty, let me get this clump. Oh gross, that's huge. Oh no, there's still more coming out."
When I was finally done, Misty gave each eye a big roll (which is funny to watch) and seemed much relieved. I put a small dab of antibiotic gel in to fight the infection because I had swabbed out all the gel that loosened up the mucus. I hope when I do this again Saturday that there isn't as much mucus.