What you see. The starting point for addressing any equine health related issue is your observation.


Eye, Sunken Area behind & above Eyes


Loss of body condition, fat and loss of mass of the chewing muscles can all lead to hollowing out of an area behind, around and above the eye.

your role


What To Do

Compare the two sides, take photos and send them to your vet. In some cases, especially in older and emaciated horses, the area can become hollowed out enough to trap dirt and debris. In this case, you should periodically take a damp cloth and wipe it out.

your vet's role

Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • How old is the horse?
  • Does the horse have difficulty chewing or eating?
  • Is the horse also spilling or dropping feed, or quidding?
  • What is the horse eating when it drops quids?
  • Has the horse lost weight?
  • How is the horse's weight or body condition score (BCS)?
  • What are the results of the Whole Horse Exam (WHE)?

Treatments Your Vet May Recommend

A way to resolve the condition or diagnosis. Resolving the underlying cause or treating the signs of disease (symptomatic treatment)

Very Common
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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP