Prince, a four-year-old American miniature pony, was referred to our eye specialists suffering from entropion; a painful eye condition in which the eyelids fold in and consequently cause the eyelashes to grow inwards and irritate the eye.
If left untreated animals with entropion can lose their sight, but Prince was lucky to have our expert ophthalmology team on hand, who were able to operate and save his eyes.
Amanda Poulton, of Alamanda Therapy Animals and Prince’s owner, said: “Prince is a therapy horse. My husband and I take him and our other pony, Applause, into hospices and local schools to aid the recovery of patients, or learning of students with special needs.”
“I personally suffer with ME and having my animals around me has given me a reason to get out of bed in the mornings. I feel so blessed to have animals in my life and get so much pleasure out of seeing how much joy they bring to the lives of others, particularly those who are ill.”
Claudia Hartley, our Head of Ophthalmology, (pictured right, examining Prince) said: “Prince is an absolute darling! It’s great, for all of the team here, when we can help such deserving cases.
“Animals bring so much joy to our lives and enabling Prince to carry on with his therapy work, free of pain and discomfort, is really rewarding for all of us.”
Entropion is not a common problem in horses, but with the right surgery and aftercare it can be solved and managed relatively easily. Prince was able to return home shortly after his surgery and was expected to be back ‘on duty’ providing therapy at an event the same week!