Friday, October 8, 2010

Tattooing horses' eyelids can prevent cancer

Tattooing horses' eyelids can prevent cancer: "Tattooing a horses eye helps protect them from cancer."

Here's a link to a video and story that some of us with Paints might find useful. My horse, Cowboy, could use it.

I always thought tattooing the eyelid was a cosmetic thing, apparently, it's also a medical one. I use a fly mask for him, but how many times have I gone out there and found he's pulled it off?

Has anyone done this?


  1. I have never heard of tattooing horses' eyes. How could this stop cancer? Jesse Mustang is a paint, but...

    I use apple cider vinegar as a fly deterrant. A large glass of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, poured in their food or on their hay, once a day, seems to keep flies from clustering around the eyes and nostrils - so no need for fly masks. It seems to create a scent in the horse that is less attractive to flies. Once the horses get used to the scent, they hunt out the hay that is moistened with their 'salad dressing'.

  2. hi linda, never heard of that but looks interesting! the comment previous is educational, though i use apple cider vinegar for preventing rainrot.

  3. I use vinegar for many things around the house, mostly removing water spots, but I use white vinegar. Both of your comments are very interesting. I'll have to see if I can get my horses to eat apple cider vinegar in their food!! And I'll definitely try it on rainrot next time I have a case.

    As for the tattooing--My horse, Cowboy, has black around one eye, but the other is half black, half white. (He isn't tattooed). The white part developed a raised bump about a month ago and I worried it might be cancerous, but before I could do anything about it, it went away. He doesn't keep a fly mask on, so I'm always concerned about him getting sunburned. I've tried sunscreen, but he hates it, and I wouldn't put it around his eyes anyway. Luckily, I live in a pretty cool climate.


Please feel welcome to join our discussion by telling us about your own thoughts and experiences.