It's been pretty windy here - springtime with all the changes in temperature and thaw and cold - wind brings change. There's been a couple days with 50+ mph winds... other days with sustained 40 and over 30mph winds.
It's the sand blasting your face, pushes me around (and trust me, I ain't no delicate flower), feels like you are on some desolate space planet with a red sun sort of wind. I've had horses with ulcerations to their eye in wind like that - stuff inevitably blows around horrible and some piece of grit or something gets in there. Luckily mine have been relatively small and easily cleared up with lots and lots of eye ointment once the vet came out to have a look-see.
Mrs. Kravitz's 2yr old horse that she rescued had an eye injury. She called the vet we use because her vet was too far away. Vet told her she's only had to send 2 eye injuries to the hospital in her lifetime and this injury needed to go.
Mrs. Kravitz loaded up the 2yr old and took her to CSU Vet Hospital. They found the object - they thought it was a piece of roadbase - and it had taken out 50% of the cornea. Poor baby horse! Probably it got in there and baby horse rubbed her eye because it was so uncomfortable and that caused so much more damage... she has a hard plastic cast over the eye to protect it with drainage tubes coming out. She will be fine but no one knows how the eye will turn out at this point.
And no one is happy to hear this - it really sucks to have an injury like that to one of your loved animals!
Mrs. Kravitz is convinced that the roadbase stuck to the filly's eye due to tar. Tar on the at least 8-10 yr old roadbase was so sticky that once it met the eyeball it STUCK there like a sticky note to your office paper.
The day after this happened, the neighborhood was out cleaning irrigation ditches to prepare for irrigation season. Furry Husband was working alongside Mr. Kravitz when he noticed Mrs. Kravitz driving up and down the drive in front of their house. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth - over and over and over again.
Furry Husband asked, "So - Mr. Kravitz.... what exactly is Mrs. Kravitz doing?"
Mr Kravitz replied since the vet hospital thought roadbase damaged the filly's eye, Mrs. Kravitz was "packing down" the roadbase that makes up the drive with the car.