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Blake’s Heaven Bombora

November 23, 2022

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Blake’s Heaven Bombora is a well-known name known throughout the competitive endurance community in Australia. Bombora has competed in over 17 seasons and has proven to be fast and reliable, resulting in 39 wins and 11,887km, achievements many can only dream of.
In September 2021, Bombora was referred to Camden Equine Centre after his owner had noticed he couldn’t open his right eye. His local vet couldn’t see any obvious trauma around the eye, ulcer, or cause for the irritation. Unfortunately, after three months of ongoing treatment at home and in the hospital, Bombora lost sight in his right eye. His owner decided to try and save the eye for aesthetic reasons, after a month of persisting, he was still uncomfortable and the best option was to surgically remove his eye.
Bombora’s eye was removed in January 2022 by Dr Marta Wereszka; Marta discovered the damage to the back of the eye was so severe it would never have healed. Bombora recovered and adjusted quickly to life with one eye, he was happy in the paddock and still as handsome as ever.
Bombora’s owner reflected on her journey, saying, “I am lucky that Bombora has always been a quiet horse, he is still quiet with one eye. He does have a small jump and quickly turns if he hears a loud noise on his blind side, and he didn’t like crossing creeks and rivers for a few months (I think because the depth perception was different), but now almost a year later we are both totally confident in his abilities.
Since having his eye out, Bombora has been ridden extensively on the trails and completed a 40km endurance ride where he pulled the whole way! He loved it. He also competed in a one-day event.
While we would have loved Bombora to keep sight in both eyes, he is unimpaired with one. At the ripe age of 22, he is still going strong and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. “
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