New Web Site Focuses on Blindness in Appaloosas

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A new website launched by the Montana-based Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary examines research on uveitis and blindness in Appaloosa horses, including information from Brian Gilger, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVO, Chief of the Ophthalmology Service at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Rolling Dog Ranch specializes in caring for disabled animals, including 25 blind horses--13 of which are Appaloosas.

"While the research to date clearly demonstrates the Appaloosa's greater risk for uveitis and blindness, what we don't know is why the breed suffers disproportionately from this disability," said Steve Smith, co-founder of the Rolling Dog Ranch. "That's why we are calling on the Appaloosa Horse Club, the official breed association, to begin funding research into this problem and taking other steps to address this issue."

In addition to documenting past and current research studies on the uveitis in Appaloosas, the Web site offers information from Gilger on how uveitis in the Appaloosa is a different form of the disease than that seen in other breeds.

Gilger will answer reader questions about equine recurrent uveitis in Appaloosas submitted through the site. To submit a question, go to  

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